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.