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Lateral Officers


Already a Police Officer?

 


Lateral Range $60,840 - $84,094 + 10,000 in bonuses

 

We invite you to Join us!

We are actively looking for lateral police officers to join us.  

  As the largest law enforcement agency in Oregon, we are responsible for policing a dynamic and beautiful city.  Portland, just one hour away from the mountains or coast, has become renowned for its restaurants, high-tech and creative businesses and easygoing lifestyle.

We offer numerous specialty and detached units that allow for variety, personal development and additional training.  We promise a rewarding career, including a strong promotional path and premier ongoing training.

 

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Lateral Officers


Already a Police Officer?

 


Lateral Range $60,840 - $84,094 + 10,000 in bonuses

 

We invite you to Join us!

We are actively looking for lateral police officers to join us.  

  As the largest law enforcement agency in Oregon, we are responsible for policing a dynamic and beautiful city.  Portland, just one hour away from the mountains or coast, has become renowned for its restaurants, high-tech and creative businesses and easygoing lifestyle.

We offer numerous specialty and detached units that allow for variety, personal development and additional training.  We promise a rewarding career, including a strong promotional path and premier ongoing training.

 

Are you qualified to be a Portland Police Officer?

Lateral: Minimal Requirements and Disqualifiers

The Hiring Process is broken down into phases

Phase 1: Apply and the Test
Phase 2: Oral Interview
Phase 3: Physical Ability Test
Phase 4: Background Investigation
Phase 5: Psychological Evaluation
Phase 6: Medical Exam

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Phase 1: Apply


Phase 1:
Apply

Phase 1: Apply


Phase 1:
Apply

Phase 1: Apply

Step 1: Apply online

Step 2: Create account with the National Testing Network (NTN). We have partnered with the National Testing Network (NTN) to administer the entry level test to become a Portland Police Officer. This allows our applicants to take the test from anywhere in the country. 

Step 3: Schedule your exams with NTN. There are three parts to the 2.5-hour test: a video-based human relations test; a reading ability test; and a written language ability test.   

Please note: There is a $49 fee to take the test. There are scholarship funds available to waive this fee for Portland Police applicants (this will not apply for applications to other agencies). Contact us at 503-823-0333 to apply for this waiver.

Step 4: In order to apply to Portland, elect to have your scores sent to the "Portland Police Bureau Community Police Officer" through NTN. Passing scores for the NTN test are: 65% on the video portion; 70% on the reading ability; and 70% on the written ability. We will pull scores and applications approximately every 45 days beginning in January 2017.

If at any time during the process you have concerns or questions, please contact our Personnel Division at 503-823-0333 or the NTN Support Line at 866-563-3882.

 

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Statement of Personal History


The SPH

Statement of Personal History


The SPH

Statement of Personal History (SPH)

Only applicants who submit complete Statements of Personal History will be invited to the interview phase.

The Statement of Personal History is very thorough and takes time to complete, so start early!  Please note, incomplete applications will impede your ability to get to the next step. We understand this form can be overwhelming and offer monthly workshops as well as a video to help you succeed in turning in a thorough application.

Please read the instructions carefully, as it is critical that it is completed correctly and accurately. Omissions or untruthful information can get you disqualified. Remember, we are here to help! Contact us at 503-823-0333 at any time during the process with questions.  

Statement of Personal History Documentation Instructions

Statement of Personal History

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Phase 2: Oral Board Interview


Phase 2:
Oral Board Interview

Phase 2: Oral Board Interview


Phase 2:
Oral Board Interview

Phase 2: Oral Board Interview

When you pass the entry-level test and SPH review, you will be scheduled for an oral board interview. Our oral boards are comprised of three people, both sworn and civilian panel members.

They will evaluate your ability to meet the following psychological dimensions and training core competencies:

  • Social Competence/ Assertiveness & Persuasiveness / Leadership / Teamwork
  • Conscientiousness / Dependability
  • Decision Making & Judgment / Integrity & Ethics 
  • Cultural Competencies

To prepare for your oral board, visit Skills Needed to be a Police Officer

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Phase 3: Physical Ability Test


Phase 3:
Physical Ability Test

Phase 3: Physical Ability Test


Phase 3:
Physical Ability Test

Phase 3: Physical Ability Test

After passing our entry level test and oral board, it’s now time to take the Portland Police Bureau Physical Ability Test (which is free of charge) or an Oregon Physical Ability Test administered by the National Testing Network. There is an $85 fee assessed with the National Testing Network’s administration of the OR-PAT. 

 During either physical ability test, you will be tested on:

  • Physical strength
  • Endurance
  • Agility and coordination

These tests are pass/fail, and individual times have no impact on your overall score.

Watch this video to learn more about our physical ability test.
Read this brochure to learn more about our physical ability test.

We invite you to attend a Portland Police Bureau Physical Ability Test ahead of your actual test time. These are offered monthly and the results will have absolutely no bearing on your application process as we do not maintain scores unless you choose to use this as your official result.

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Phase 4: Background Investigation


Phase 4:
Background Investigation

Phase 4: Background Investigation


Phase 4:
Background Investigation

Phase 4: Background Investigation

Portland Police Officers are entrusted with the responsibility to keep our city safe and maintaining community trust. We want to ensure every police officer has been through a thorough background investigation. Sometimes this can take weeks or months. We appreciate how difficult this wait can be; please know that we have done extensive work to our process to ensure that it is thorough, but completed in a timely manner.

During the Background process, an investigator will contact your current and prior employers, relatives, and personal references. The investigator will check your employment history, credit status, driving record, criminal history, police contacts and other pertinent information necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. 

It is important to be completely honest with your background investigator. Police Officers are held to a high standard of integrity and must be credible witnesses. Negative spots in your background will not necessarily result in failing your background; however, deliberate misrepresentation, falsifying or omitting information will most likely result in permanent disqualification and you will be ineligible to re-apply.

 

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Phase 5: Psychological Evaluation


Phase 5:
Psychological Evaluation

Phase 5: Psychological Evaluation


Phase 5:
Psychological Evaluation

Phase 5: Psychological Evaluation

After receiving a conditional offer of hire, you will be invited to complete the psychological evaluation, which consists of a formal interview and testing with a psychologist. The psychologist will have reviewed your background investigation along with the California Psychological Inventory and Personal History Questionnaire that you will have filled out (usually following the Oral Interview).

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Phase 6: Medical Exam


Phase 6:
Medical Exam

Phase 6: Medical Exam


Phase 6:
Medical Exam

Phase 6: Medical Exam

Your last stage in the hiring process will be a comprehensive physical examination, including a drug screening. For more information on the medical requirements you can read this document from Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST).