Oakland Police Graduates Largest Class of Recruits

By Christie Smith
|  Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 12:40 PM PDT
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Oakland police graduated its largest class of recruits on Friday, and now has a force of 659 police officers.  Christie Smith reports.

Oakland police graduated its largest class of recruits on Friday, and now has a force of 659 police officers. Christie Smith reports.

While San Jose is facing challenges with retention and recruitment of its police officers, Oakland police just graduated the department’s largest class of recruits in history.

A total of 47 new police officers got their badges Friday morning  -- good news for a department that is trying to recover from past cuts.

By contrast, San Jose’s incoming recruit class is at 29, about half of what it used to. Officers have been leaving SJPD battling over pension reform and pay.

Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said thankfully, his officers are finally getting raises after going without.

This class brings the number of sworn officers to 659. Another class of 42 will graduate in July.

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