Northern California Police Department Offers Recruits $75K Hiring Incentive

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A city in Northern California unanimously approved a $75,000 hiring incentive for entry-level police academy graduates and lateral-transfer police officers last month.

At its March 21 meeting, the Alameda City Council approved the expenditure as a way to lure law enforcement candidates to the Bay-area city. Like many agencies around the country, the Alameda Police Department is understaffed as a result of 24 police officer vacancies. This amounts to nearly 30% of the department’s table of organization (TO).

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