Date Posted: September 29th, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Last Updated: October 23rd, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

OAKLAND, CA – Today Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined Police Chief Sean
Whent and Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson to
announce the expansion of the Oakland Police Department’s Cadet Program, an
important element of Mayor Schaaf’s holistic community safety strategy.
Over the next three years, 25 cadet slots will be funded through the $450,000 included
in the Mayor’s FY 15-17 City Council-approved budget, and an additional $750,000
from an anonymous gift secured by Mayor Schaaf. The Mayor’s strategy aims to
expand the cadet program to include up to 40 cadet slots reserved for Oakland Unified
School District graduates.
“I am committed to hiring more home-grown officers who can be compassionate and
effective guardians of this community,” said Mayor Schaaf. “Expanding our cadet
program will ensure that hard working and ambitious young people from Oakland
have the opportunity to explore and develop careers in the field of law enforcement
while also completing their college degrees.”
Cadets are hourly part-time employees who receive training and experience in various
aspects of the police service. The program is comprised of intensive supervision,
counseling, training and evaluation to develop their leadership qualities and prepare
them for careers in law enforcement.
“This is an exciting opportunity. We have been seeking to increase our local hiring
and we believe this pipeline program will greatly help with that goal,” said Chief
Whent. “This is also a great chance for some young people to learn about law
enforcement and work in the police department that serves their community. It is our
hope that they will go on to long law enforcement careers here in Oakland.”
Earlier this month, Mayor Schaaf also announced the launch of a new law
enforcement pre-academy being spearheaded at Merritt College in Oakland. The 13-
week program, which started on September 13, is the only community college
program of its kind in Northern California, and is led by former Oakland police
Officer Margaret Dixon, who heads Merritt’s administration of justice department. It
will be taught by Howard Jordan, a retired Oakland police chief who is now an
adjunct instructor at Merritt, along with more than a dozen active and retired members
of the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor
Schaaf said she hopes the new program at Merritt College will attract more good
candidates for Oakland’s police academies, which require that participants be at least
21 years old.
Since taking office in January 2015, Mayor Schaaf has sought to increase public
safety by taking a community focused approach. Her strategy included the adoption of
a FY 15-17 budget that added 40 new police officers to the department, in line with
reaching her long-term goal of 800 officers by 2018, as well as looking at ways to
proactively increase the number of officers who have connections to the communities
they safeguard and look like the community serve.
Applications for the Oakland Police Cadet Program are being accepted on a rolling
basis. To apply, please visit Applicants should be 17.5 – 21 at
date of application
For more information on the Cadet program:
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