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 a Domestic Violence Assault.

  • You have been convicted of a felony.


Entry Level: Hiring Process