Lateral: Minimal Requirements and Disqualifiers

AT TIME OF Application, YOU MUST BE:

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

At least three years of continuous service exercising police powers at a city (municipal), county or state police agency responsible for 9-1-1 calls. The 3 years of service must be current, full-time, unbroken, and continuous with no more than a 30 day break in service. To be sworn in as a lateral officer the candidate must have been so employed no more than 6 months before the Portland Police hire date.

NOTE: Military police, Federal Law Enforcement, Corrections and Parole/Probation DO NOT QUALIFY as a Lateral Police Officer

Lateral officers with a state certification recognized by Oregon do not have to attend the DPSST Basic Academy. However, lateral officers will attend a two-week Career Officer Development class and the 10-week Advanced Academy - both trainings are in Portland and operated by the bureau. Lateral officers go through a 12-month probation and training program (FTEP).

For the most up-to-date information on state certifications recognized by DPSST and to answer any other specific certification questions, please contact DPSST directly at



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

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