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Police Officer

Portland, Oregon



Portland Police Bureau

Bureau of Human Resources

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 404

Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 1-888-735-4259  

Website: www.portlandpolice.com        


Salary: See Below


Application Deadline: 6/10/05





Announces An Open Recruitment for:






Approximate Monthly Salary Range: $3,149 - $5,160





This is a uniformed, entry-level law enforcement position with emphasis on Community Policing. The City of Portland Community Police Officer works with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment. New officers will work various shifts and geographical areas as assigned and complete an 18-month probationary period. Additional information is contained on the following pages of this announcement and is available at www.portlandpolice.com





Applicants must:

  • At time of application, have either an Associate Degree or 60-semester or 90-quarter hours from an accredited college or university.

  • At date of employment, be at least 21 years of age.

  • Within one (1) year of employment, must be a U.S. citizen. Application for U.S. citizenship requires 5 years of residency.

  • Pass all phases of the examination process, including requirements listed on Supplemental Application.

  • At date of employment, possess or be able to obtain a valid driver's license and have no excessive traffic violations.

  • Have no conviction of a crime, for which punishment would have been a felony in any jurisdiction or a crime involving domestic violence (applicants with lesser criminal records will be evaluated on an individual basis).

  • Have no dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.

  • At time of employment, no visible tattoo when in uniform, including when wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt.

  • Vision must be correctable to 20/30. If worse than 20/100, you must wear soft contact lenses to meet the 20/30 requirement.

  • For more detailed information, see the section on attached pages titled "Additional Information Regarding This Recruitment"




Phase I:

An objective multiple choice written test weighted 100%. In addition to the written exam, candidates will also be asked to complete a personal history questionnaire, a personality assessment and a measure of general reasoning ability. Candidates will be notified by mail informing them of the date, time and place of the written test which is tentatively scheduled for late June 2005 .

Phase II:

An in-depth background investigation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Phase III:

A pass/fail hiring interview.

Phase IV:

A pass/fail physical agility test (may take multiple times).

Phase V:

A qualifying psychological evaluation to determine the candidate's personal suitability to do police work.

Phase VI:

A qualifying medical evaluation to determine the candidate's physical capability to do police work.

Failure in one of the six phases will eliminate you from further participation in the examination process. After completion of Phase I, successful applicants will be scheduled for the remaining phases based on the hiring needs of the Police Bureau. To ensure and protect confidentiality, applicants will be required to sign a statement waiving any right to review the information obtained in Phases II, III, IV, V and VI. Applicants are eligible to take Phase I once every 6 months.



Applicants must submit the following:
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City of Portland's Scannable Application Form (Internet Applicants will complete this form online. This form is not available to download or view.)

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A completed and signed Supplemental Application form.

Click here for more information A completed and signed City of Portland Education and Training form.

All completed applications must be in the possession of the Portland Bureau of Human Resources no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2005. SORRY, we cannot accept FAXED applications.

**NOTE: Your completed Veteran's Preference Form with the required documentation must be submitted with your completed application packet. If you are applying via the Internet, you may mail (click here for mailing address) or fax (503) 823-4156 only your completed Veteran's Preference Form and required documentation, referencing the recruitment you are applying for, or deliver it to our office in person.




Minorities, women, and qualified individuals with disabilities are urged to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst named below or to the Human Resources Bureau Receptionist NO LATER THAN THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.




  • Approximate Annual Salary: $37,794 at entry; $46,134 after six months; $61,922 after five years.

  • Overtime is paid at time and one-half.

  • Officers do not have to pay Social Security (Generally 7% of wages).

  • Officers do not have to contribute to retirement benefits.

  • The City pays 95% towards the cost of medical, dental and vision benefit s for full time employees. If they elect Kaiser Permanente medical, dental and vision coverage, no contribution is required during the plan year. 

  • On the first of the month following 30 days of employment, officers are eligible for medical, dental and vision coverage.

  • On the first of the month following 30 days of employment, officers are eligible for $50,000 life insurance. Additional employee-paid life insurance is available at the City's group rate.

  • A zero interest, 10 yr. loan for moving expenses, up to $5,000, for entry level officers moving from over 100 miles.

  • Paid time off: 9 holidays, 3 personal days, and 13 sick days per year.

  • City provides uniforms, weapon, handcuffs, flashlight, duty belt, body armor, helmets, etc., and $90 a yr. equipment allowance.

  • Annual vacation: 0-4 years = 80 hours; 5-9 yrs. = 120; 10-14 yrs. = 140; 15-19 yrs. = 160; 20-24 yrs. = 180; and 25+ yrs. = 200

  • Under the Portland retirement fund (FPD&R), retirement is possible after attaining age 50 if the member has 25 or more years of service or after attaining age 55 with 5 years vested. Pension ranges from 55% to 84% of final pay, depending on years of service (20-30 years) and which surviving beneficiary option you select. Visit www.ci.portland.or.us/fpdr/ for a retirement estimation calculator.


Additional Information Regarding This Recruitment


Please read the information on the next two pages carefully before calling

the Police Bureau or the Bureau of Human Resources

with any questions regarding this recruitment.




Visit our web site: www.portlandpolice.com. The examination will assess you in terms of the knowledge, skills, abilities, physical fitness and other personal attributes required for successful performance for the job of police officer.




Find frequently asked questions (FAQ's) at:  www.portlandpolice.com. You may also contact one of our diverse recruiters or background investigators via the employment link on our web page or toll free at 1-888-735-4259.



All officers have an 18-month probation, where they work under the supervision of a coach who teaches the fundamentals of police work. Entry level officers shall attend a basic and advanced academy. Lateral officers, who meet Oregon certification criteria, will attend the advanced academy and a two-week curriculum course. The Portland Police Bureau teaches the advanced academies.



After six months, reservists and National Guard members receive two weeks with pay for active duty, up to 15 calendar days per year.



Higher level positions in the Portland Police Bureau are filled by competitive promotional examinations. Under current standards, after 4 ½ years of unbroken service, officers are eligible to compete for a promotional exam to become a sergeant or detective.



Officers work a 40-hour week, seniority determines shift, days off and vacation. Shifts and weekends are not rotated. However, during probation, new officers' days off, shifts, and assignments are rotated. Officers are considered on duty 24 hours a day and in an emergency are subject to call-out at any time. New officers serve most of their time in uniform patrol, some will also spend time working in traffic control, accident investigation, criminal investigation, etc. Specialty unit assignments are available on a competitive basis after probation.



Police officer candidates must successfully complete an in-depth background history investigation. This includes a review of personal and employment references, including IRS records, credit report, driving and criminal records, and an interview with a Background Investigator. All information received during the background investigation may be used to complete the background investigation file and make a recommendation to hire or not to hire. In order to ensure and protect confidentiality, applicants are required to sign a waiver acknowledging that they will not be able to review information obtained in their background investigation.




  • You cannot obtain a valid driver's license in your state of residence.

  • You will not be 21 years old at time of hire (as a general rule, within 180 days of test date).

  • You will not be a U.S. citizen within one year of being hired. NOTE: Citizenship application requires 5 years of residency.

  • You have been convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (D.U.I.I.) within the past 3 years or have 2 or more D.U.I.I. convictions. A diversion or similar action is considered the same as a conviction.

  • You have been convicted of Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude, Hit and Run (Failure to perform the duties of a driver…), or Felony Driving While Suspended or Revoked within the last two years.

  • You have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Assault.

  • You have been convicted of a felony.

  • You have been convicted of any crime involving controlled substances.

  • You have a dishonorable discharge from the armed services.

  • You do not have an AA degree, or 90-quarter hours or 60-semester hour's college credit from an accredited college or university.

  • The State of Oregon will not provide police officer certification if you have been convicted of:

ORS 162.065 Perjury

ORS 162.335 Rape III

ORS 162.075 False Swearing

ORS 162.365 Rape II

ORS 162.085 Unsworn Falsification

ORS 163.375 Rape I

ORS 163.408 Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object II

ORS 163.385 Sodomy III

ORS 163.411 Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object I

ORS 163.395 Sodomy II

ORS 163.435 Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor

ORS 163.405 Sodomy I

ORS 163.445 Sexual Misconduct

ORS 163.415 Sex Abuse III

ORS 163.575 Endangering Welfare of Minor

ORS 163.425 Sex Abuse II

ORS 163.670 Use Child in Display Sexually Explicit Material

ORS 163.427 Sex Abuse I

ORS 163.684 Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I

ORS 163.515 Bigamy

ORS 163.686 Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II

ORS 163.525 Incest

ORS 167.065 Furnishing Obscene Materials to Minors

ORS 167.007 Prostitution

ORS 167.070 Sending Obscene Materials to Minors

ORS 167.012 Promoting prostitution

ORS 167.075 Exhibiting Obscene Performance to a Minor

ORS 167.017 Compelling prostitution

ORS 167.080 Displaying Obscene Materials to Minors

ORS 163.465 Public Indecency




  • Your traffic record, police contacts, accident record, and credit report show a continuing or recent pattern of poor decision making.

  • Your personal life shows a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems.

  • You have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring laws.

  • You have provided controlled substances to others, or have been involved in long-term criminal activity.

  • Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, or discharge.

  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty or character.

    *This list is not all-inclusive. It is intended as a general guideline.



(Visit our web site for other FAQ's)


Q) When can I find out my score on the written test?
A) The Bureau of Human Resources will notify you within 3-4 weeks. If you do not receive information after 4 weeks, call 503-823-3572.
Q) Is there a study guide for the written exam (Phase I)?
A) There is the Police Officer Test Guide. In addition, there are numerous books on test taking and test taking strategies that you may find helpful in preparing for the written test. These books can be found at libraries and most large bookstores. (i.e. Barron's Police Officer Exam) The written exam consists of 169 multiple-choice questions. Two hours are allowed for the exam, in which 97% of applicants finish in time.
Q) What happens after I pass the first phase, the written test?
A) Your score will integrate you onto our eligibility list. Our hiring needs dictate how fast and deep we work down the eligible list.
Q) How can I find out more about each phase of the examination process?
A) Visit our website www.portlandpolice.com
Q) How can I prepare myself for the physical assessment portion of the medical exam?
A) Applicants should plan to demonstrate aerobic and anaerobic fitness, flexibility and abdominal and upper body strength.
Q) How many officers will the Police Bureau be hiring and when?
A) Many over next few years. Sorry, there are too many factors that prevent an exact prediction. Hiring has been consistent with the Police Bureau; however, there are too many factors that prevent us from giving an exact number.
Q) Why does Portland's testing process take longer than some agencies?
A) The Police Bureau believes in using our testing process as part of our selection of police officers. This means our testing process helps us select officers who have the skill sets that allow them the best chance to make it through our academies and field-training program. What this means to you is that we do not have the number of recruit officers fail our academies and field training program which other agencies do who rely heavily upon their academies and coaching programs to "select" their officers. We hope you will agree, our selection process, although longer than some agencies, is not only good for you, but also for the employers which we take you from, and our organization. The longest part of our testing process is the background investigation phase. Remember that, patience is a virtue and the best things in life are worth waiting for!
Q) What is the background investigation?
A) Refer to the explanation in this job announcement. We will evaluate you in the following ten job dimensions:
  • Communication skills
  • Skill in assessing situations; recognizing when to take action and deciding on an appropriate course of action
  • Skill in reading, comprehending, retaining, and applying written factual information
  • Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively; recognizing actual and potential dangers; determining a proper course of action
  • Skill in observing and remembering detail
  • Willingness to confront a variety of problems and situations
  • Interpersonal/public relations skills
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle
  • Dependability and sound work habits
  • Characteristics necessary to maintain integrity, truthfulness and credibility
Q) How long is the Police Academy?
A) Recruit officers attend a 16-week basic academy and a 16 week advanced academy sometime during their 18-month probation. Lateral officers attend the advanced academy; their ability to meet Oregon certification criteria will determine attendance at the basic academy.
Q) What career opportunities are there in the Bureau?
A) Smaller agencies cannot compete with the selection of job opportunities over a career. A partial list of assignments include 9-1-1 patrol, K-9, drug and vice investigations, domestic violence investigations, gang enforcement, transit enforcement, background investigations, district attorney office investigators, horse patrol, ATV (all terrain vehicle) patrol, air support, neighborhood response team, traffic enforcement, youth intervention programs like Police Activities League (PAL), Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), school resource officers, Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), bicycle patrol, Explosive Disposal Unit (bomb squad), crime analysts, and an assortment of regional task forces.

Under current standards, Officers are eligible to take the promotional exam for sergeant or detective after 4 1/2 years. There are a variety of opportunities for sergeants as well. They can supervise a shift of officers at a precinct or run an entire specialty unit like K-9, Emergency Disposal Unit and mounted horse patrol. In addition, sergeants can also serve in our Identification Division and Detective Division.

Q) Do we offer scholarships?
A) Yes, many $30,000 scholarships are available. Visit the Police Corps at: www.Oregonpolicecorps.com or call 800-848-3957.
Q) Is there a color vision requirement?
A) Yes, color vision should be perfect. Nevertheless, red or green deficiencies will need to pass the Ishihara (24-plate edition) with 9 of the 13 plates required. Recourse testing is available by means of the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-Hue Test


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