2013-2014 News — 09 June 2014

You might be surprised how easy it is to get a high-paying job after high school

By Hlal Al Ani 

Oakland Police Department offers job positions to those who are interested in criminal justice with a great salary.


Oakland police department requires applicants to be at least 18 years old for certain positions, including police dispatcher or police trainee for criminal background investigation. A police trainee either works on duty patrolling streets, or inside the police department running criminal files. Police dispatchers under the age of 21 are required to have supervision by a senior dispatcher officer, according to criminaljusticeonlineblog.com.


According to the same source, many positions require a high school diploma or a higher college education. Applicants to police departments also must be US citizens and agree to a background investigation.


According to an article on Chron.com, “Working as a police officer can help you earn benefits such as a regular salary, medical coverage and a retirement pension.”


Some of these are jobs a person can get right after high school or after completing a GED; other may require that applicants be older or have more education. According to the Oakland Police Department’s official website, the current annual salary for the position of Police Officer, Entry Level, which requires applicants to be at least 20.5 years old, is $69,000 to $98,000.The Oakland Police Department  is the second highest-paying city police department in the country according to the OPD official website. Additionally, salary increases for those who earn higher rank.

Average total compensation for OPD employees is $162,000, according to RealClearMarkets.com. According to an East Bay Express article from 2013, in 2012, 179 Oakland police officers took home over $200,000 in total compensation; in 2011, the police department’s costs made up 44% of the city’s $400 million general budget.


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