Entry Level – Police Officer

Prineville, OR
Prineville Police Department

Salary: $64,680.00 – $75,780.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

This position performs law enforcement and crime prevention duties including patrol and investigations. Enforces federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances. Assists in EMS and provides public assistance; performs other duties as necessary for the proper functioning of the department. Must be willing to work 8, 10 or 12-hour shift assignments. Officers must be willing to work day shift, swing shift or graveyard shift assignments including weekends and holidays.

Work is normally performed under the general supervision of the Patrol Sergeant or assigned shift commander who assigns and reviews work for conformance to laws and departmental rules and regulations. Ultimately under the command of the Chief of Police and Captain.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol streets, alleys, roads, business and residential areas of the City, enforcing parking, traffic and criminal laws and ordinances; checks suspicious person and vehicles.
  • Responds to wide variety of service and investigative calls including but not limited to crimes, violations, juvenile complaints, family disputes, barking dogs and takes appropriate action.
  • Investigates accidents, deaths, and criminal complaints; makes arrests and issues citations and warnings when appropriate; handles prisoners as required by law.
  • Prepares full and comprehensive reports on activities performed.
  • Assists the public by answering inquiries regarding directions, laws and ordinances; aids stranded motorists; checks road conditions, street signs and street lights; gives other assistance to the public as needed.
  • Testifies in court, serves warrants and subpoenas.
  • Provides miscellaneous field services; assists other officers, including communications and corrections, in their duties.
  • Makes security checks on business and public buildings.
  • Interviews witnesses and suspects, takes photographs, collects evidence, processes latent prints rolls fingerprints, and conducts follow-up investigations.
  • Directs traffic and generally provides traffic control at scenes of fires, parades, and other special events, malfunctioning traffic signals, motor vehicles collision scenes, etc.
  • Makes recommendations to superior officers concerning departmental policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Maintains working liaison with other law enforcement agency personnel.
  • Performs animal and ordinance officer duties as needed or assigned.
  • Maintains assigned patrol vehicle and work station in clean, orderly and working conditions.
  • Jointly responsible with all other employees for the overall cleanliness and order of the police facility.
  • Demonstrates consistent, regular and reliable work attendance of duties in vary shifts and assignments.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. Prior law enforcement and/or college degree in related field preferred; OR any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Possess a valid Oregon driver’s license with acceptable driving record. (Or the ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver’s license within two weeks of hire.)
  • Requires certification through Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within one year.
  • Requires successful completion of the Field Training Program.
  • Must be as least 21 years of age and be a US citizen or be able to obtain citizenship within 18 months after date of appointment.
  • Applicants must pass a medical exam and psychological evaluation prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must pass a physical agility test.
  • Vision may not be less than 20/20 in one or both eyes or correct 20/20 in both eyes.
  • Must be free of conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.