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Explore & Develop a Law Enforcement Career
The Police Cadet Program is designed for hardworking, ambitious young men and women who desire to explore and develop careers in the field of law enforcement while completing their college education. The Cadet Program is a part-time paid internship ($14.42 - $15.90 per hour).
Oakland High School Grads Encouraged to Apply
Oakland high school graduates in particular are encouraged to apply. Thanks to an anonymous gift, a number of positions have been set aside specifically for Oakland college-bound high school seniors or full time college students between the ages of 17.5 and 21. Cadets are rotated throughout various divisions in the Department, learning the many different ways that law enforcement and OPD serve their community.
Bringing Oakland high school graduates into the Cadet Program is a part of the Department’s focus on recruiting locally. The hope is that cadets will go on to long law enforcement careers in Oakland.
Get Your Associate's or Bachelor's Degree, Get Paid, and Learn About a Law Enforcement Career
Through its support of the Pathway to Public Safety Program, the Department is committed to mentoring and assisting interested individuals for successful law enforcement careers. The primary intent of the program is to assist cadets to complete college degrees while providing them with insight into the law enforcement profession. The program prepares cadets for service careers in law enforcement, sworn or civilian, particularly within the Oakland Police Department.
You must meet these minimum qualifications at the time of your application to the Police Cadet Program:
- Must be at least 17.5 but no older than 20.5 at the time of appointment
- Must be a senior in high school or attending college:
- High school: Must be a senior planning to attend an accredited community college, junior college, college or university the next regular quarter or semester following graduation from high school
- College: Must be a student in good standing attending an accredited community college, junior college, college or university
- Must possess a valid unrestricted California driver's license
- Must have no felony convictions
Qualified applicants must pass the following:
- Written examination
- Physical agility test
- Oral and Personal History Summary interviews
- Background investigation
- Medical examination