Police Officer Trainee (179A)

Agency: Oakland Police Department

Location: Oakland CA

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement



Closing Date/Time:Fri. 04/14/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                       $5,500.10 Monthly

Job Type:                 Full Time




The Position

Exam Number: 17-PS169-03/MAR 179A

Upon successful completion of the academy, the annual salary for Police Officer is up to $108,792 (top step).


Are you socially conscious, do you use good judgment and have integrity? Do you believe in public service, like solving problems and have empathy and compassion? Are you resourceful, take initiative and are committed to service and social concerns?


If so, the Oakland Police Department needs you!


The ideal candidate will have the education and experience that demonstrates personal motivation; will demonstrate an interest in others; will have the ability to deal effectively and fairly with residents and co-workers; is able to identify problems and resolve them quickly while under pressure; and wants to work in a fast-paced, urban environment.

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is extending a special opportunity to pursue a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement with one of the largest police agencies in the State of California. Working as a Police Officer is a very challenging and rewarding career; every day on the job is different. Dealing with a wide variety of people in different situations, Oakland's Police Officers quickly analyze and solve problems and use their excellent "people skills" to defuse conflict and avoid confrontation whenever possible. When a true crisis or emergency occurs, OPD Officers are supported by state-of-the-art equipment, systems, and command leadership.

Police Officers patrol the City's commercial, industrial, and residential districts, working closely with the community they serve to preserve the peace and promote public safety. They carefully document their activities in written reports and statements, and provide court testimony. They also investigate crimes such as burglary, robbery, assault, and disturbing the peace, and assist firefighters and emergency medical technicians. In this large department, there are many opportunities for officers to gain experience working in areas such as: vice control, traffic enforcement and investigation, narcotics enforcement, youth or community services, recruiting, crime prevention, and criminal investigations.

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION: Some positions may require specific bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. Candidates for those positions would have to demonstrate the required skills to be selectively certified to the positions.


The hiring list established from this recruitment will be used to fill regular vacancies as well as those that may require selective certification for bilingual skills.

The NTN Frontline Written Exam and City of Oakland Physical Ability Test will be administered on the same day. 

The written exam is scheduled to be administered the morning of Saturday, May 13, 2017and the physical ability test (PAT) is scheduled to be administered the afternoon of Saturday, May 13, 2017.  Parking is available. 
The next scheduled PRACTICE PAT date is March 6, 2017.  Refer to www.opdjobs.com for additional practice dates.


 Examples of Duties:

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 Minimum Requirements for Application:

Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D certificate from within the United States.


Age: Applicants must be 21 upon graduation from the academy; duration of academy is 6 months.

Driver's License: Successful incumbents in this job class are expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of the assigned duties.  Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License throughout the tenure of their employment.


Additional: Applicants may not have any felony convictions or other misdemeanor convictions which would prevent carrying a firearm.  Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or legally eligible to work in the U.S and apply for citizenship.

Due to the number of applications expected, it may not be possible to screen each application for the minimum qualifications.  For this reason, candidates may be screened out at any point in the process based on these requirements.