OAKLAND CITY OF
150 FRANK G OGAWA PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612
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Updated: July 16, 2019
Job Classification: Police Officer Trainee
The City of Oakland is currently hiring for Police Officer Trainee. Candidates are required to fill out a department application, which can be accessed at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oaklandca/jobs/2479523/police-officer-trainee-184b?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.
Applications are due by August 16th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
The ideal candidate will have the education and experience that demonstrate personal motivation, interest in others, and the ability to deal effectively and fairly with residents and co-workers. The ideal candidate will be able to identify problems and resolve them quickly while under pressure, and want to work in a fast-paced, urban environment.
Salary Information: Effective January 1, 2019, Police Officer Trainees will be paid $6,253.09 per month while in the academy. After successful completion of the academy, Police Officers receive step increases on an annual basis and may reach the top step after five years. In July 2023, the salary for the top step will be $11,657.01 per month.
Benefits Information: Upon graduation from the academy, the benefits package includes a pension provided by the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS); City-paid health and dental insurance for employee and dependents; vacation leave, sick leave and holidays; education tuition reimbursement; life insurance; employee assistance program; and deferred compensation plan.
Department Overview: 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. 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.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.
Area Information: The City of Oakland a Model City, and a great place to live, visit and work. Oakland’s diverse population, hip art scene, Mediterranean climate, world-class attractions, abundant parks and open spaces, vibrant waterfront and lakefront, historic architecture, palate-tempting restaurants, bustling nightlife, action-packed pro sports, and varied recreation options make for an exciting area.
Age: 21 years old upon graduation from the academy; Academy duration is 6 months.
US Citizen: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible for and have applied for U.S. citizenship.
High School Grad/GED: Diploma from an accredited U.S. high school or G.E.D. certificate.
Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver's License: Candidates must possess and maintain a valid Driver License to operate an automobile at the time of application.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Criminal Record : Candidates may not have any felony convictions or other misdemeanor convictions which would prevent carrying a firearm.
Candidates may be screened out at any point in the process based on the position requirements. The Oakland Police Department reserves the right to waive selection components of individuals based on prior experience or certification.
Application and Selection Procedures
: Step 1: Submit Application – Online Application Only
Our online application system is provided by NEOGOV. Click on the link below to apply. You may be required to copy the link and paste it into your browser.
You must apply online prior to the close of the job announcement. If you do not have access to a computer, computer stations are available at any City of Oakland Public Library.If you have problems while applying online, please contact NEOGOV's Live Candidate Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.
Once a candidate has submitted an online application via NEOGOV, any changes to contact information (name, address, phone number, etc.) should be updated immediately. To update contact information, send a detailed email to firstname.lastname@example.org. List your full name and all new information that needs to be updated. Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility.
Step 2: Self-Scheduled Written Exam & Physical Ability
Same Day Testing Available
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
NTN Written Test: 8:00 am (Self-Schedule Below)
OPD Physical Ability Test: 12:00 pm
Where: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619
Self-Scheduled Written Exam
September 14, 2019, at 8:00 am at Merritt College.
To sign up for the test, visit the NTN website at:
If you have problems scheduling the examination, the link for NTN Customer Support is:
OPD Physical Ability Test
September 14, 2019, at 12:00 pm at Merritt College.
Note: OPD accepts the NTN and PELLETB written tests and WSTB Physical Agility Test offered by the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium. If you have already taken the NTN or PELLET-B written test, and/or the WSTB Physical Agility Test, please see "Supplemental Information" below to learn how to submit your scores to OPD.
Step 3: Oral Board Interview
Successful candidates will be invited to participate in an interview that is designed to evaluate job-related skills and abilities such as oral communication, interpersonal skills, and judgment. In addition to general questions, candidates will be presented with hypothetical scenarios and asked to explain how they would respond to each situation. The Oral Board Interview is scheduled for the week of September 30, 2019.
If candidate populations exceed the capacity for a given Oral Interview test date, the Oakland Police Department reserves the right to schedule candidates across the next, available, test date.
Candidates who pass the Oral Board Interview will be placed on a ranked eligibility list for further consideration. Placement on the eligibility list neither guarantees nor implies that a candidate will be offered employment. The order of placement on the eligibility list does not determine the order in which candidates will be considered. Police Officer Trainee is an unclassified position. Preference points are awarded for Oakland residents and/or veterans. (See below for how to claim preference points.)
Step 4: Background Investigation Process and Chief's Character Review
Eligible candidates selected for a background investigation will be contacted by a background investigator who will assist them through the process. Candidates will also be required to submit to a polygraph examination.
The Police Department reserves the right to disqualify individuals who have previously been rejected for hire based upon conditions that are not subject to change, e.g., non-correctable medical conditions or felony convictions. In addition, the Department may reject individuals who have previously been rejected for hire based upon psychological testing or background factors.
Upon successful completion and review of the background investigation, a Chief's Character Review Panel will make employment selections. Candidates selected will receive a conditional job offer of employment, contingent upon successfully passing a medical and psychological examination.
The OPD Recruiting and Background Unit offers a practice Physical Ability Test the first Saturday of each month at Merritt College at 8:00 am. Upcoming practice Physical Ability Tests will take place on July 6th, August 3rd, and September 7th. Go to OPDJobs.com for further information.
Candidates who have previously taken the NTN Frontline written examand wish to waive the written test portion must request that NTN provide their written test score to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit by September 14, 2019, to be considered for this testing group. Minimum Passing NTN Written T-Score: Human Relations Video Score: 65%; Writing Score: 70%; Reading Score: 70%. Test dates older than September 14, 2018, will not be accepted.
Candidates who wish to take or are currently scheduled to take the NTN Frontline written exam at a different location before September 14, 2019, may visit https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs. Candidates must request that NTN provide their written test score to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit by September 14, 2019.
Candidates who have previously taken the PELLETB written exam, and received a score of 45 or higher, are eligible to waive the written test portion of the examination process. To obtain a waiver, the candidate must submit a letter (on agency letterhead) that states that the candidate has taken the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) written exam. The letter must be submitted by uploading it with the online application or bringing it to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit by September 14, 2019, to be considered for this testing group. The test results must contain the total T-Score AND the date of the test; test dates older than September 14, 2018, will not be accepted. POST-T-Scores and test dates will be verified with POST.
Candidates who wish to take the PELLETB written exam before July 13th, 2019, may find a schedule of upcoming dates at https://theacademy.ca.gov/tests. As mentioned above, written test results must be uploaded with the online application or brought to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit no later than September 14, 2019, to be considered for this test group. All results will be verified.
Candidates who have previously taken the Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) at the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortiumand wish to waive the physical test portion of the examination process, must submit the official Verification Letter, either by uploading with the online application or bringing it to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit by September 14, 2019, to be considered for this testing group. The minimum passing score is 320. Test dates older than September 14, 2018, will not be accepted. All scores and test dates will be verified with South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium.
Additional Information: Candidates should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. The Oakland Police Department reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity
Oakland Residency and Veteran's Preference Points
Candidates claiming residency preference points will be required to show proof of Oakland residency at the Oral Board Interview. Acceptable forms of residency verification include a California Driver's License, California Identification Card, or a utility bill.
Candidates claiming veteran's preference points must submit a copy of Form DD-214 at the Oral Board Interview.
Some positions may require specific bilingual skills in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin. Candidates for those positions would have to demonstrate the required skill to be selectively certified to the positions.
NTN charges a nominal fee for its test. Candidates with demonstrated financial hardship may submit a request to have the fee waived by NTN prior to registering for the exam. Fee waiver requests must be submitted by Friday, August 16, 2019, for this testing group. Late requests will not be accepted. To complete the Fee Waiver Request Form visit www.nationaltestingnetwork.com
Candidates will be required to mail the waiver to the address on the form. It will be forwarded to the OPD Recruiting and Background Unit, who will make the final decision. The process may take several weeks. It is the candidate's responsibility to allow sufficient time for waiver request review and processing. Submitting a fee waiver does not exempt the candidate from meeting testing deadlines. Candidates will be notified by email of the decision. See "Candidate FAQ #25" on the NTN website (www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm) to learn more on how to apply for a fee waiver.