Entry Level: Minimal Requirements and Disqualifiers

At time of application, you must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • possess a high school diploma or GED 


AND possess at least one of the following

  • An Associate’s Degree or 60-semester (90-quarter) hours from an accredited college or university.  Courses must be 100 level or above.
  • 2 years of U.S. Military active duty service or 4 years reserve service under honorable conditions.
  • 2 years as a Portland Police Bureau Reserve Officer with a minimum of 500 hours after initial training.    
  • 2 years of continuous service and currently working for Portland Police Bureau or Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications. 
  • 2 years of continuous service and currently working as a:
    • Law enforcement officer exercising police powers for a recognized federal, state, county, or city (municipal) agency.
    • State or federal certified parole or probation officer.
    • State or federal certified corrections officer. 
  • Possess a valid Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate. 



Disqualifiers and Eliminating Factors for becoming a police officer in Oregon


The below list is not all-inclusive, it is meant as a guide. Please talk to our recruiter about any concerns.

You are not likely to be hired as a Portland Community Police Officer if:

  • Traffic record, police contacts, accident report, and credit report show a continuing or recent pattern of poor decision making.
  • Personal life shows a history of poor judgment or refusal to confront problems.
  • Personal/Professional life shows a lack of experience with people from racial backgrounds different from your own. 
  • Recently or currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring laws.
  • Provided controlled substances to others, or have been involved in long-term criminal activity.
  • Work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, or discharge.
  • Life activities (work, volunteer, hobbies) show little or no interest in serving the public or others.
  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty or character.
  • Have body art above collarbone, except for reasonable cosmetic purposes. Body art includes, but not limited to, branding, scarifications and tattoos.
  • Have used any marijuana products within the last year.


According to State & Federal Law - You cannot be a police officer in Oregon if:

  • You cannot obtain a valid driver's license in your state of residence.
  • 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. DPSST has a 10-year look back period for which they review convictions to evaluate if a candidate will be approved for state police certification.
  • 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.


Oregon will not certify as a police officer anyone who has been convicted of:

For complete details of disqualifiers to receive state certification as law enforcement - please visit the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) website for the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) #259-008-0070 Denial/Revocation.

  • ORS 162.065, Perjury
  • ORS 162.075, False Swearing
  • ORS 162.085, Unsworn Falsification
  • ORS 163.408, Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object II
  • ORS 163.411, Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object I
  • ORS 163.435, Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor
  • ORS 163.445, Sexual Misconduct
  • ORS 163.575, Endangering Welfare of Minor
  • ORS 163.670, Use Child in Display Sexually Explicit Material
  • ORS 163.684, Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I
  • ORS 163.686, Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II
  • ORS 167.065, Furnishing Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 167.070, Sending Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 167.075, Exhibiting Obscene Performance to a Minor
  • ORS 167.080, Displaying Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 162.335, Rape III
  • ORS 162.365, Rape II
  • ORS 163.375, Rape I
  • ORS 163.385, Sodomy III
  • ORS 163.395, Sodomy II
  • ORS 163.405, Sodomy I
  • ORS 163.415, Sex Abuse III
  • ORS 163.425, Sex Abuse II
  • ORS 163.427, Sex Abuse I
  • ORS 163.515, Bigamy
  • ORS 163.525, Incest
  • ORS 167.007, Prostitution
  • ORS 167.017, Compelling Prostitution
  • ORS 167.012, Promoting Prostitution
  • ORS 163.465, Public Indecency

Entry Level: Hiring Process