26 New Officers Join ‘Beleaguered’ Oakland Police Department

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — The Oakland Police Department welcomed 26 new officers to its ranks Friday during a police academy graduation ceremony. The green officers will be putting on a badge and uniform to patrol a city that experienced a backlash against law enforcement over the past two years.

In the wake of anti-police brutality protests and rally cries for “defunding the police,” more than 120 officers have left the Oakland Police Department.

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