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Oakland Police Try to Fill the Ranks, but Keep Falling Behind

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About 930 police recruits lined up last week outside the Oakland Convention Center to take the entry-level examination to become an Oakland police officer.

The hopefuls filed past a gleaming white pickup truck bearing the department’s special recruiting insignia, a relic from a more prosperous time. In 2006, the city began pouring millions of dollars into scouting for and hiring over 100 new officers, only to lay off 80 of them after failed union negotiations in 2010.

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