Recommendation: Recruit more OPD officers from Oakland
It is illegal under California law for a police department to have residency requirements in its hiring practices. But it is not illegal for those police departments to proactively pursue applicants from their own city. Given Oakland’s tainted historical legacy of targeted recruitment of non-Oakland residents to police in particular Oakland’s African American community, the Oakland Police Department should aggressively pursue applicants who come from or are familiar with local communities. This might involve recruiting potential OPD members directly from Oakland schools and colleges, as well as other specific programs designed to attract local residents into the police force.
How might the city encourage more young men and women from Oakland to consider careers with the OPD in service of their community?