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 Personal History Statement (PHS).

  • Opportunity to speak one-on-one with police officers about the Portland Police Bureau.

  • Background investigators available to advise on individual Personal History Statement (PHS). documents

  Times and registration


We will be doing Hiring Workshops and Testing at these locations.

August 28, 2019
1100-1400 National Career Fair Chicago
(Hilton Oak Brook, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523)

August 29, 2019
0800-1300 Applicant Testing
(Embassy Suites, 707 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148)

September 3, 2019
National Career Fair
(El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78205)

September 5, 2019
Applicant Testing
(Marriott Riverwalk, 889 Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205)

September 20, 2019
0800-1300 Applicant Testing
(Marriott Courtyard, 1717 Broadway, New York, NY 10019)

October 4, 2019
Applicant Testing 0800-1300
(Embassy Suites San Diego, 601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101)

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.

 Times and registration