2023 Police Officer Lateral

Oregon City, OR
Oregon City Police Department

$5,981.73 – $7,278.27 Monthly


The City of Oregon City is recruiting for a Lateral Police Officer.  To qualify as a Lateral Police Officer with the City of Oregon City, you must CURRENTLY be employed as a Police Officer.  Preference will be given to applicants that have current Oregon DPSST Certification and three years of current Police Officer experience.  Lateral Officers will receive additional pay for DPSST Certification: 5% for Intermediate and 10% for Advanced DPSST Certification.  Qualified candidates may be eligible to receive up to 80 hours of banked vacation time and 80 hours of banked sick time.  New hires will accrue vacation time at a rate commensurate with their time as a sworn police officer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrols a designated area of the city in a police patrol vehicle or on foot to deter and discover crime and enforce traffic ordinances; does on-the-scene investigations of incidents, aids persons in trouble, and renders other public services as needed.
  • Issues citations to violators of city ordinances and state statutes; serves warrants of arrest; arrests persons on misdemeanor and felony charges; handcuffs and searches arrested persons and secures their custody; completes necessary reports concerning the alleged crime, the circumstances of arrest, evidence obtained and the names of witnesses, victims, and complainants.
  • Responds to reports of possible crime and takes initial action as situations require, to secure the scene; administers emergency first aid; interviews available victims and witnesses; gathers evidence and arrests suspects; completes incident and arrest reports; investigates persons suspected of being engaged in crime; ascertains and secures evidence pertaining to alleged crime; arrests suspects for probable cause; and requests specialized assistance as needed.
  • Responds to automobile accidents; administers emergency first aid and summons necessary assistance; interviews principals and witnesses; makes general drawings of accident scenes, noting details and completes standard accident reports; issues citations or makes arrests as situation warrants.
  • Investigates and assist drivers in stalled vehicles and pedestrians who appear to be hurt or in trouble; interviews persons with complaints or inquiries, gives information on laws and ordinances, and attempts to resolve the problem or to direct them to proper authorities.
  • Investigates family disputes and reports of maltreatment of children; takes principals into custody, as needed, or refers them to appropriate agencies, such as juvenile and medical authorities.
  • Performs guard duty in court or serves as bodyguard to public officials or threatened persons; transfers prisoners to and from jails, testifies in court.
  • Performs specialized duties depending upon individual officer’s background and abilities and the needs of the department and are required to maintain their assigned departmental equipment.
  • Perform physical requirements associated with the position; including the ability to walk, run, jump, stand, lift, sit, restrain combative individuals, drive for long periods of time, and other physical requirements as determined by DPSST.
  • Develops contacts to obtain information about crime, maintains contact with paroled criminals and suspects at large.

Typical Qualifications

  • Skill in analyzing situations quickly and objectively to recognize actual and potential dangers and to determine proper course of action.
  • Skill in reading and understanding laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Skill in coping with stress situations firmly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights.
  • Skill in communicating clearly, verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in the use of computers.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
  • Skill in developing skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms.
  • Skill in learning and using investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Skill in observing and remembering detail.
  • Skill in learning to drive light duty passenger vehicles skillfully.
  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the work of the class.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms.

Supplemental Information

Graduation from high school, or the equivalent GED certificate. Preference will be given to previous experience in law enforcement or those who have a basic DPSST certificate. College level law enforcement course work is desirable but not required. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training, which ensures the ability to perform the work, may be substituted for the above.