Certified Lateral Police Officer

Keizer, OR
Keizer Police Department

Salary: $5,626.40 – $7,179.47 per month.

Position Summary:

This position requires a high level of problem-solving ability, self-initiative, and the ability to work independently in conformance with established guidelines and standards. Successful performers are those who are capable and willing to make decisions that are consistently in conformance with the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives. All assigned duties and tasks are expected to be performed in an effective, efficient, and safe manner. Personal conduct and behavior (onduty as well as off-duty) must be such that it builds public confidence in the agency and its members.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols city streets, parks, commercial and residential areas, school zones, and high activity areas.
  • Conducts building security checks, checks for suspicious persons and vehicles.
  • Preserves the peace, enforces the law, controls vehicular traffic, prevents or detects and investigates misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies, and other law violations.
  • Issues citations or warnings to violators.
  • Responds to a wide variety of radio calls including thefts, juvenile complaints, burglaries, trespass, rapes, family disputes, barking dogs, loud parties, emotionally disturbed persons, civil complaints, miscellaneous non-criminal calls, etc. and takes appropriate action.
  • Performs first-responder emergency care at the scene of traffic crashes and directs traffic as necessary.
  • Attempts to build an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust with the community, so average citizens and community leaders form partnerships with the police.
  • Works with community residents to identify problems.
  • Assist the public in answering inquiries regarding directions, laws, and ordinances, aids stranded motorists; conducts vacation house checks, checks road conditions, street signs, and street lights and reports defects, gives other assistance to the public as needed.
  • Investigates traffic crashes and criminal complaints, makes arrests, and issues criminal citations when required.
  • Handles and transports detainees.
  • Prepares complete and accurate documents as required.
  • Appears in court as a witness with prior work being done on the preparation of the court case in conjunction with superior officers and various attorneys.
  • Must be able to provide credible sworn testimony.
  • Conducts special projects and research to assist in department’s activities in areas such as crime analysis, planning for new or improved programs, and computer applications.


  • High school graduate or GED equivalency.
  • United States citizen.
  • 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Free of criminal convictions defined by Oregon Administrative Rule.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Pass the Police Officer Standard Testing (POST), an entry-level skills test (arithmetic, reading comprehension,grammar, and incident report writing).
  • Pass the Oregon Physical Agility Test (ORPAT).
  • Pass the Pre-Background Screening (Integrity Interview).
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation.
  • Pass medical and psychological evaluations.
  • Valid driver license at time of hire and maintained during employment.
  • Standard first aid & Adult and Child CPR Certification or able to obtain certification as soon as practicable.
  • Required within six months of hire: NIMS IS 100 and 700 Certifications.
  • Generally, the department has no overall residency requirement; however, certain special duty assignments require a minimum response time, and all members are required to be able to tend to their duties responsibly and within a reasonable amount of time.