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Mostly college educated and not from Oakland - these are the new applicants hoping to land a position as an Oakland police officer.
According to applicant information recently released by the Oakland Police Department, of the 2,363 people in 2012 that applied and took the written entrance exam, 813 are white. There are 542 listed as Hispanic, followed by 488 Black applicants. There are 382 Asian applicants.
However, what stood out more than that was the fact that most police applicants also are not from the city. While Oakland was the city most listed as home by applicants - 267 - the rest were spread out over the Bay Area. San Francisco is the second most represented city with 166 applicants, followed by San Jose 107. After that, most are from the Bay Area and beyond.
Oakland released the information about the applicants as a result of a California Public Records Act request from Oakland Local.
The residency of Oakland police officers has long been an issue, with many community members complaining about the high number of police officers that live outside the city.
Forty-six percent of the applicants are between the ages of 26 and 35 years old. Most of the applicants have some college education, with 25 percent holding a Bachelor's degree.
The department still has a way to go before the number of final recruits will be whittled down to a manageable number.
In March more than 1,330 applicants took the department's written test - the first step in the process. OPD spokeswoman Johnna Watson said candidates also have finished the physical agility test, which 600 passed. The next step is the oral interview.
OPD is hoping to fill its ranks soon, with a six-month police academy slated to open in August. Oakland only has 55 positions available; currently, there are about 643 police officers.
Over the last several years, the Oakland Police Department has struggled with its sworn officers staffing levels. In a report to the City Council's public safety committee, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said the department's staffing has impacted how it carries out its crime fighting measures.
According to Jordan, the department is still feeling the reverberations from the 2010 layoff of 80 police officers.
"(It) directly impacts the available resources and capacity to fight crime and sustain other traditional law enforcement responsibilities," Jordan previously wrote.
In recent months, Oakland has reeled from a series of high profile crimes that has exposed the limited reach of OPD, Jordan said.
"These conditions combined have illustrated the fragile nature of staffing levels and resource," he wrote.
To date, during her term, Mayor Jean Quan has rehired 10 police officers and received a federal grant to hire and place 25 police officers in Oakland schools.