To assist applicants with the hiring process and prepare for a career in law enforcement, the Personnel Division offers free workshops and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT).
Hiring Process Workshop
- Useful for people who are interested in applying for the Community Police Officer position and want to know more about the daily duties and Portland Police Bureau career opportunities.
- Information on required qualifications what an individual can do to prepare themselves for a law enforcement career.
- Overview of the entire hiring process to include required testing, application, interview and background investigation.
- Specific instructions on completing the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
- Opportunity to speak one-on-one with police officers about the Portland Police Bureau.
- Background investigators available to advise on individual Statement of Personal History (SPH) documents
Physical Ability Test (PAT)
- Required event to test applicants’ physical strength, muscular endurance, coordination and agility.
- Interested applicants can take the Physical Ability Test at any time, scores are valid for one year.
- It is recommended to schedule the PAT at the beginning of the application process.
- ORPAT is an accepted alternative to the PAT.