Lateral Police Officer

Springfield, OR
City of Springfield – Springfield Police Department


Salary: $72,137.52 – $87,683.61 Annually
Job Number: 2024-34
Closes: Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 11:59pm
Springfield Police Department
Job Hours: Shift Work
Represented: SPA
Grade: 220
Non-Exempt, Full-time, Full Benefits
Please See Compensation Below
Relocation reimbursement for actual costs up to $5,000 may be available if incumbent is relocating greater than 100 miles.

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Position Overview:
The City of Springfield has exciting opportunities in our Police Department for experienced Lateral Police Officers. SPD is dedicated to providing the best available law enforcement and accountability services to our community. This includes our 100 bed Municipal Jail located in our Justice Center- the largest municipal jail in the State of Oregon. Because of this tremendous resource, Springfield does not have a capacity-based release program for misdemeanor cases.

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Lateral Police Officer Requirements:
We are interested in finding Police Officers who are in good standing with their current/ most recent employer as a sworn Police Officer for a recognized state, county, city or municipal entity. Those who are currently certified as Police Officers in Oregon, or able to obtain Oregon DPSST certification if a police officer in another state through a DPSST Career Officer Development Course, are eligible to apply for the lateral police officer position. Police certification must be VALID and CURRENT. Military Police, federal officer, reserve officer, security officer and corrections experience do not meet the requirement for relevant experience.

For specific questions on lateral qualifications, please contact Sergeant Kyle Potter at


Upon City Council approval, there is an anticipated pay scale increase effective July 1, 2024. The rates below do not include the anticipated increase.

Successful laterals will be offered a pay step commensurate with their related years of experience as a certified Police Officer.

$34.68 – $44.26/hr *not including additional pays

Additional Pays:
-Assignment or Scheduling Pay
-DPSST Certification: 5% (intermediate) or 10% (advanced)
-Bilingual/Second Language Pay: 5% added
-Education Pay: 5%
-Other Incentives: Additional wellness incentives available for ORPAT and Mental Health

Laterals will be placed on the vacation tier accrual based on the employee’s months of public safety service within the same classification consistent with the definition of lateral sworn employee.

Testing & Selection Process:
Candidates considered for the Lateral Police Officer position will be identified through a series of screening tools and tests including an Employment Application, Qualifying Questionnaire (part of the application), Physical Ability Test, Psychological Exam, Comprehensive Background, Medical Examination to include drug screening for controlled substances, and Oral Interviews. All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veterans’ Preference in Public Employment Law.
Aptitude, personality profile, mental and physical fitness, and communication skills will all be evaluated.

Physical Ability Testing:
Candidates advancing in the process will be contacted directly about physical Ability testing.

The physical test will consist of the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT):

***Please note: Lateral Police Officers will NOT be required to complete the entry-level written exam.

Oral Boards:
Candidates advancing in the process will be contacted directly to schedule Oral Boards (Interviews).

Please do not indicate ‘See Resume’ in the ‘Work Experience’ part of the application. The information you provide in the application ‘Work Experience’ and ‘Job Duties’ will be used to determine if you will proceed to the next phase in the selection process. Information related to education and experience must be verifiable on your application to be given credit.

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Springfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:
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