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Use the links in the charts below to find out more about what jobs at OPD are all about. (If there are no current openings, click the green button to fill out a job interest card so that you will be informed in time to apply when the job opens up.)
|Police Officer Trainee (entry level)|
Police Cadet (part time, for college students interested in a career in policing)
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Police Officer Trainee
Duties and Responsibilities
After completion of the Police Academy, a successful Police Officer Trainee will patrol the City’s commercial, industrial, and residential districts under general supervision, and work closely with the community to preserve the peace and promote public safety. Duties include carefully documenting activities in written reports and statements; providing court testimony; investigating crimes such as burglary, robbery, assault, and disturbing the peace; assisting firefighters and emergency medical technicians; and performing related duties as assigned.
- Age: 21 (at the time of graduating from a 6-month academy) or older
- Education: High school graduate or equivalent (GED)
- License: Have a valid California Driver’s License by date of hire
- Record: No felony convictions or other convictions which would prevent carrying a gun
- Citizenship: U.S. citizen or in the citizenship application process
Learn More About the Police Officer Trainee Application Process
The selection process for Entry Police Officer includes:
- A physical ability test
- A POST written multiple–choice exam
- An oral interview involving hypothetical situations
- A background investigation that includes a polygraph examination, in addition to both a psychological and medical evaluation.
- Applicants will be individually evaluated by the City Physician based on the ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including vision standards. For more information about the vision standards, visit the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website.
Please note that the City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process based on administrative considerations, legal requirements, and/or business/operational necessities. Workshops, seminars, and practice tests are available. Please visit the Workshop page for specific dates, times, and locations.
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Get Your Associate's or Bachelor's Degree, Get Paid, and Learn About a Law Enforcement Career
The Oakland Police Department is committed to mentoring and assisting interested individuals for successful law enforcement careers. The primary intent of the Pathway to Public Safety 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:
- Age: At least 17.5 but no older than 20.5 at the time of appointment
- Education: High school senior 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
- License: Must possess a valid unrestricted California driver's license
- Record: No felony convictions