Who are the Oakland Police?

Source: East Bay Express (Ali Winston and Darwin Bond-Graham)

Just 9 percent of Oakland’s current 644 police officers actually live in Oakland, according to data provided by OPD. Adding civilian OPD staff who also live outside of Oakland, the total number of police department employees who do not reside in the city is about 785, more than 70 percent of the department’s total workforce.

The city paid these non-Oakland employees roughly $126 million in salary, overtime, and benefits in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. In other words, Oakland taxpayers are exporting up to 86 percent of OPD’s payroll, a huge sum of money, to surrounding suburbs.

Map of OPD residency

Source: Pueblo Lands (Darwin Bond-Graham and Ali Winston)

OPD’s highest paid staff, nearly all sworn officers, live outside the city, while the department’s lowest paid staff, including administrative workers, are far more likely to live in Oakland. None of OPD’s command staff live in Oakland. In a sense this means that the local jobs sustained by OPD, which recycle Oakland tax dollars into the city’s economy, are the lowest paid positions, giving the city very little bang for its police bucks.

 

  1. ItsHowEyeCeeIt
    August 28, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Maybe the officers know something that everyone else seems to ignore? Maybe an investigation should be conducted if the Oakland Unified School District’s poor performance, lack of basic tax payer services from city government, lack of public safety as Oakland continuously ranks among the highest crime rate in the nation has something to do with officers not living in Oakland?

    Just a thought.

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