Lateral Police Officer

Gresham, OR
City of Gresham

Salary: $66,948.00 – $85,500.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Police
Job Number: 21-05
Closing: Continuous

The City of Gresham is currently accepting applications for Lateral Police Officers. This is an open and continuous recruitment process that will be used to fill current and future vacancies.

The Gresham Police Department is seeking Lateral Police Officers of sound moral character. Gresham Police Officers are expected to be self-disciplined and highly motivated, while demonstrating honesty and integrity in representing the core values of the community. Successful candidates will reinforce the department’s efforts to achieve goals and objectives in providing public safety to the community and its citizens.

Why Gresham?

Work-life balance
Our police officers are dedicated and hard working. But when they’re off duty, you’ll find them hitting the slopes, windsurfing in the Columbia River Gorge, and more.

  • Year-round skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Hood, less than an hour away.
  • Boating or windsurfing at the Columbia River Gorge, less than an hour away.
  • 20-minute drive (and an easy commute) to downtown Portland, Oregon’s largest city—catch a Trail Blazers game, visit the theater, or explore the food scene.
  • Camping and recreation with easy access, whether in the mountains or by rivers.
  • Scenic two-hour ride to Pacific Ocean coast.
  • In town, enjoy Gresham’s historic downtown with more than 150 shops, restaurants and service businesses, or explore the 1,100+ acres of parks, natural areas and trails within the city.

Grow your Career
Whatever your interest, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Challenge yourself with new specialty assignments and build your future here with promotional opportunities.

  • Detectives
  • Bomb Squad
  • K9 Unit
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Hostage/Crisis Negotiator
  • Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team
  • Tri-Met Patrol Unit
  • Special Enforcement Team
  • Family Crimes Unit
  • Translator
  • Honor Guard
  • School Resource Officer
  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Instructors in multiple specialties
  • Field Training Officer
  • Motorcycle Patrol/Traffic Enforcement Officer

Financial Stability
We offer competitive living-wage salaries with generous benefit packages. In addition to base salary, officers are eligible for overtime pay, premium pay for participation in specialty or instructor assignments, and advanced certification pay. Benefits include:

  • Paid vacation: 20.66 hours per month to start.
  • Sick leave for longer-term illnesses.
  • Medical, vision, dental and life insurance.
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
  • City participates in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • Health reimbursement account.
  • Flexible spending account.
  • Deferred compensation.
  • Uniforms, uniform cleaning, weapon and other equipment provided.

Position Description
Gresham Police Officers provide emergency aid, security, and protection of life and property for the citizens of Gresham by patrolling business, rural, and residential areas. They respond to requests for information and assistance, investigate criminal activity, subdue combative suspects, make arrests, work with people to solve problems associated with crime and neighborhood problems, and ensure proper enforcement of laws and regulations.

The ideal candidate will have current knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Federal, State of Oregon, Multnomah County, and City of Gresham laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Criminal behavior and causes underlying criminality and social, psychological and physical needs of criminals.
  • Standard police practices, methods, and procedures.
  • Safety standards, procedures, and precautions utilized in police activities.
  • Methods of investigation, apprehension, and rules of evidence.
  • Basic first aid and CPR procedures.
  • The safe and appropriate use of firearms and other police related equipment.

An Ideal candidate will also have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. They will apply principles and techniques of community policing, modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement. Be able to skillfully and safely use firearms and other police related equipment while maintaining composure under adverse conditions such as public harassment, critical injuries, and death.

An ideal candidate will show how they can establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and citizens from a variety of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated history of positive community engagement. They will also demonstrate how to effectively analyze situations quickly and objectively and are able to recognize actual and potential dangerous situations, and to determine proper course of action. Ability to present evidence in court effectively. Be able to display a skill in observation and remembering details such as names, faces, and incidents.

Police officers need to maintain the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, which also includes the physical ability to handle persons resisting arrest.

To be considered a lateral applicant you must meet all of the following minimum qualifications:

  • Have completed a state certified police academy,
  • Passed a probationary period of not less than one (1) year with a
    law enforcement agency as a full-time sworn officer.
  • Have been employed as a full-time sworn officer
    within the five (5) year period prior to appointment to this
  • Have at least a High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at date of hire
  • Have no felony criminal record
  • Be a US Citizen within 18 months from hire date
  • Have a driving record that meets the department standards

Candidates must have the ability to:

  • Pass a pre-suitability assessment screening
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation
  • Pass a post job offer psychological evaluation, medical examination, and drug screen

Selection Process

All candidates must apply online. Faxed and emailed resumes, in lieu of an application, will not be accepted or considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.


  1. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications as they are received . Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be asked to submit the Statement of Personal History (SPH). You can begin working on the SPH at any time. You can find the document at . Go to ‘Guidelines for Applicants’ and the document link will be within the fourth bullet point. The SPH will not be accepted until it has been requested
  2. Candidates that pass the preliminary background and SPH review will be invited to an Oral Board interview. You will be contacted through the e-mail address provided on your application to schedule your interview time. Interviews will be scheduled once per month when there is an eligible candidate pool.
  3. Candidates that pass the Oral Board interview will be asked to complete Pre-suitability testing (the same day as their oral board interview). These two multiple choice exams require 2-3 hours to complete.
  4. Candidates that pass the Pre-Suitability will be moved into the background phase.
  5. Candidates who successfully complete backgrounds will be invited to an executive interview.
  6. Pre-Employment psychological exam and medical exam/physical requirements exam/drug screen.

We make every effort to combine steps where possible for our out of state candidates. It is likely there will be two trips necessary: one to complete oral boards/pre-suitability testing and a second for executive interviews followed by psychological evaluation and medical/physical/drug screen. The second trip will require 2-3 days to complete.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability with the testing process, please make your request in writing and submit it with the required application or contact HR at 503-618-2729.

Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veteran’s preference throughout the selection process for a City of Gresham position. If you are a veteran, or disabled veteran, and would like to be considered for veteran’s preference for this position, please attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and copy of Veteran Affairs Department Preference Letter to your application materials.

Please direct all questions related to this recruitment process to or 503-618-2729.

For more information on the Gresham Police Department and what opportunities are available within the department, please visit