OPD Finances, Salaries and Settlements
Cost of OPD to Oakland
Source: Oakland FY 2009-2011 Adopted Policy Budget (pages iii and iv)
The General Purpose Fund (GPF) is the largest City fund. It represents 41% of the
City’s total annual $1 billion budget. Funds comprising the remainder of the City’s
budget are restricted for special purposes, such as grant programs, sewer services,
bond-funded projects, capital projects, and debt payments.
The cost of Police Services for the entire FY 2010-2011 budget was $216 million out of $1.016 billion for the total City of Oakland budget, including the General Purpose Fund and all other funds. This comes to 21%. (page D – 127)
Cost of OPD misconduct
Cost of settlements over ten years preceding 2011
San Jose, the region’s largest city with more than 1 million residents, paid out $8.6 million. Number two was San Francisco, with 800,000 people. The lodestar city of the Bay Area paid nearly $28 million during the same period. However it was Oakland, with 400,000 residents, that won first place with more than $57 million in payouts in just the last 10 years. The single biggest payout was in 2004, when the city paid almost $11 million for the notorious “Riders” case.
Source: East Bay Express
Fiscal year 2010-2011:
legal costs of ongoing police officer misconduct totaled $13,149,000 . . . Most of this, approximately $12,271,000, was set aside to pay settlements stemming from police brutality, illegal searches, injuries, false arrests, and related civil-rights violations. Another $1,147,000 of this total was for work directly related to OPD’s nine-year-old federal consent decree.
Fiscal year 2009-2010: “$5.64 million in police-related payouts”
Police Officer Trainee start off at $4,962 per month (first day of Academy training). Police Officer Entry Level current annual salary is $69,912 to $98,088
Oakland Police whose total compensation (including benefits and perks) exceeded that of Mayor Jean Quan in 2011.
See the San Jose Mercury Bay Area Public Employees Salary database for the full list.
Cost of the Police and Fire Retirement System
Oakland’s retired police officers covered under the Police and Fire Retirement System are another means by which the wealth of the city is extracted to surrounding suburban cities, and distant retirement communities. Last year the PFRS pension paid out about $64 million to its 1,085 beneficiaries. Because only 7 percent of these retired city employees live in Oakland, the city exported almost $60 million in funds originated in property taxes or employee compensation.
The PFRS system is especially important in any analysis of how the Bay Area’s political economy of policing affects Oakland’s communities of color because of its history. PFRS was closed to new employees in 1976. The hiring policies of the Oakland Police Department (and Fire Department) in the two previous decades were explicitly racist, excluding non-whites, a fact that produced a pool of PFRS-eligible retirees who are virtually all white men or their spouses. Oakland’s current residents, who have been indebted by expensive pension obligations bonds used to keep the PFRS pension funded, are mostly non-white, relatively young, and majority women. Most PFRS beneficiaries live in majority white and middle class suburbs of the East Bay, but some live as far away as Arizona and Hawaii. Thus not only is PFRS a transfer of wealth between different municipalities, it is also literally a transfer of wealth along racial and generational lines.