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Lateral Officers


Already a Police Officer?


Lateral Range $79,995 - $98,134 + 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 $79,995 - $98,134 + 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
Phase 2: Personal History Statement
Phase 3: Background Investigation
Phase 4: Oral Interview
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

 

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Phase 2: Statement of Personal History


Phase 2:
The PHS

Phase 2: Statement of Personal History


Phase 2:
The PHS

Personal History Statement (PHS)

Only applicants who submit complete Personal History Statements (via POBITS) will be invited to the background phase.

The Personal HIstory Statement is very thorough and takes time to complete, so start early!  You will have 2 weeks to complete this process. 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  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.  

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Phase 3: Background Investigation


Phase 3:
Background Investigation

Phase 3: Background Investigation


Phase 3:
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 take your Personal History form and 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 4: Interview


Phase 4:
Interview

Phase 4: Interview


Phase 4:
Interview

Phase 4: Interview

When you pass your background investigation, you will will get your conditional offer letter and be invited for a command interview. Our interviews are comprised of 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 interview, visit Skills Needed to be a Police Officer

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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 (following the 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).