Recruitment and Selection

The Oakland Housing Authority Police Department seeks members who are striving to work in a diverse community, and are able to show a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Those who are interested, and meet the minimum standards, are encouraged to submit an application (during open recruitments) to the Oakland Housing Authority Department of Human Resources.  Applications can be obtained at the Oakland Housing Authority office located at 1619 Harrison Street in downtown Oakland.  Once application has been submitted and reviewed, the applicant will be asked to complete the following steps, prior to job offer.

RECRUITMENT - Recruitment Flyer

  • Oral Interview 
  • Physical Ability Test


  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medical Screening

Following successful recruitment selection process, sworn members will go through 17 weeks of Field Training, and an 18-month probation period. Non-sworn Police Service Aides will go through an eight-week training program with a 12-month probationary period.

The Oakland Housing Authority Police Department offers a variety of assignments to Officers, including:

  • Patrol
  • Investigations
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • K-9


First, determine if you meet the current minimum qualifications for Police Officer.  Please remember that your training must be kept current.  If you do meet each of the requirements, feel free to apply when positions are open. 

Complete the application online and attach a copy of your applicable Peace Officers Standards & Training certificates with the application.

To apply, scan the following QR Codes for either Police Officer Recruit (Patch) or Lateral Police Officer (Badge):


For more information regarding the recruitment process, please contact Lieutenent Paul Malech at pmalech@oakha.​​org​​​ or call (510) 535-3154.