Job Title:                 Community Police Officer - Revised

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 05/12/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Salary:                     $29.25 - $39.25 Hourly

Job Type:               Full Time

Location:                 Portland Police Bureau, 1111 SW 2nd Ave, Oregon




The Position


PLEASE NOTE:  This recruitment is for Entry-Level, Lateral and POST-certified police officers. This recruitment will close at 4:30 PM, Friday, May, 12, 2017.


This is a uniformed, law enforcement position with emphasis on Diversity and Community Policing. The City of Portland Community Police Officer works with the diverse communities of our city to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment. The Community Police Officer will function and communicate effectively within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.  The Community Police Officer is sensitive to the needs of diverse people, has a demonstrated history of engaging with others who are different than themselves and shows the ability to respect those differences. Successful candidates will complete an 18-month probationary period as a Community Police Officer which will include: four months at the Oregon DPSST Basic Academy in Salem; three months in the Portland Police Bureau's Advanced Academy; 10 to 14 months of patrol training experience under supervision and guidance of a Field Training Officer. New officers will work various shifts and geographical areas as assigned.  


Community Police Officers are expected to provide services in a fair and equitable manner, so as to build mutual trust and respect with Portland's diverse community groups.



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 To Qualify:

Entry-Level Police Officer Qualifications:  Possess a High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of one of the following:

         Possess, or will possess by the time of hire, either an Associate Degree or 60-semester or 90-quarter hours from an accredited college or university.  Courses must be 100 level or above,  OR

         2 years of active-duty or 4 years reserve U.S. Military service under honorable conditions,  OR 

         2 years of continuous service working in law enforcement agencies (including 911-dispatchers) within the State of Oregon, OR

         2 years of continuous service working for a law enforcement agency exercising police powers, OR

         2 years of service as a reserve police officer (after initial training and with a minimum of 500 hours of service rendered), OR 

         2 years of service or a minimum of 500 hours of service after initial training as a Portland Police Bureau Reserve Police Officer, OR

         2 years of service as a Portland Police Cadet (after initial training, minimum of 500 hours of service, and meeting the minimum age requirement of 21 years by the end of the allotted testing date for this recruitment, May 12, 2017).


Lateral Police Officer Qualifications: Possess a High School Diploma or GED and have three (3) years of continuous service in another police agency as a sworn police officer for a recognized state, county or city (municipal) agency and must have been employed there within the last six (6) months. Note: Military Police does not count as a Lateral Police Officer.


POST-Certified Police Officer Qualifications (Police Officer Standards and Training):  Possess a POST Certificate, or will possess a POST Certificate by the time of hire, which is accepted by the State of Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Note:  Peace Officer Standards & Training graduates are eligible for a 16-week Basic Training Waiver pending determination by DPSST.

Additionally, all applicants must meet each of the following conditions:

         Must be at least 21 years of age by May, 12, 2017, which is the end of the allotted testing dates for this recruitment.

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

         At time of application, 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 appointment, members will not expose any offensive forms of body art while on duty.  (Offensive forms of body art include images which are sexually explicit, racially and or sexually biased or could be viewed as discriminatory in nature.) Visible Body Art on the face and neck is prohibited except for reasonable cosmetic purposes.  (Body art is defined as procedures used to alter the body's appearance including, but not limited to branding, scarification and tattoos.)

         Have vision correctable to 20/30.  (If worse than 20/100, you must wear soft contact lenses to meet the 20/30 requirement.)