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This portion of the OPD website focuses on what OPD does to protect and encourage Oakland's youth.
The Oakland Police Department supports a range of programs for children and youth in our city. Some target at-risk young people, or those who may have already taken a wrong step. Others offer opportunities to explore careers in law enforcement and the justice system. The Department sponsors the following programs for young people:
- Oakland PAL
- Oakland Police Explorers
- OK (Our Kids)
The Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) is a program dedicated to offering programs and opportunities for kids to work with positive role models and learn about success and failure without guns and drugs.
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How Much Does PAL Cost? - There is no cost. Kids can join and participate in PAL for free.
Where Can I Find a PAL Center?
- The East Oakland PAL Center is located at 9600 Sunnyside Street, Verdese Carter Park.
- The West Oakland PAL Center is located at 3131 Union Street, Willie Keys/Poplar Park.
Are There Age Limits to Participate? - Oakland PAL works with kids from 5 to18 years old.
Where Can I Find Out More About PAL? - For additional information, visit the Oakland PAL website.
Oakland Police Explorers
What is the Police Explorers Program?
The Oakland Police Explorers program is designed for high school students who are at least 14.5 years old and want a chance to see what law enforcement is all about. Explorers get an opportunity to prove themselves and be recognized for their accomplishments. The program’s objectives are those of the Learning for Life Program:
- Career Opportunities
- Service Learning
- Leadership Experience
- Life Skills
- Character Education
The Oakland Police Department has participated in Exploring since 1965. Its Explorers Program is considered one of the oldest law enforcement Exploring posts in the Bay Area.
What Do Explorers Do?
Explorers . . .
- Attend weekly meetings, which include law-enforcement-related instruction and physical training
- Go on Patrol ride-alongs
- Participate in Community Services details and Decoy programs
- Provide support staffing to the PAL youth program
- Attend local and national Explorer law enforcement conferences and competitions
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
- Students must be in high school and at least 14.5 years old
- Students must have and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better
- Students must have average or better attendance and discipline records.
- The Explorers program is not a delinquency prevention program. Applicants must be free from felony and serious misdemeanor convictions.
How Can I Apply?
If you are interested in the Explorer Program at the Oakland Police Department, contact the Explorer Advisors:
- Officer Mildred Oliver - Oakland PAL, 510-615-5758, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Officer Jumaal Hill - Oakland PAL, 510-615-5758, email@example.com
OK (Our Kids) Program
What Is the OK Program?
The OK Program focuses on reducing the high incarceration and homicide rates of African-American young men (12 - 18 years old). Since its inception, no graduate of the OK Program has ever been sentenced to prison or been the victim of a homicide. In fact, the majority of OK graduates have gone on to college, military service, or enroll in vocational training. More significantly, all participants have assumed responsible citizenship roles in their communities.
The mission of the OK Program is to facilitate partnerships between police agencies, educational institutions, students, community members, businesses, and the faith community.
The OK Program:
- Provides needed services to youth who are at high risk of incarceration and homicide (with an intense focus on African-American young men).
- Promotes economic self-reliance.
- Encourages responsible citizenship and civic leaders for the 21st Century.
How Much Does the OK Program Cost? - There is no cost. Young men can join and participate in OK for free.
Are There Age Limits to Participate? - The OK Program works with young men from 12 to 18 years old and is especially targeted to middle school youth.
Where Can I Find Out More About the OK Program?
- Call (510) 238-7998
- Go to the OK Program website