The Oakland Police Department started a new lateral academy Tuesday designed to help rebuild its understaffed force. While city officials had hoped between eight and 15 recruits would sign up, only four officers have enrolled.
This comes as the police department is struggling to retain officers, amid cuts in pay and pension benefits.
Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city.
The thinning ranks of the San Jose Police Department will soon be getting some much needed reinforcements, as the department begins its first police academy in nearly three years.
Oakland is looking for qualified applicants to join two police academies being held later this year.
One of the reasons Chief Jordan says things are looking up is because Oakland is launching its first police academy in nearly four years.
Despite expecting to add several officers this summer, the police department is still hundreds of officers short.
The Oakland Police Department on Monday began its first police academy since the City Council voted to lay off 80 officers in July 2010 in a budget-cutting move.
Former Oakland Raider/NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 66…
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking at restoring police academy classes to help with an expected shortage of officers in the coming years.