Lateral Police Officer

Medford, OR
Medford Police Department

Salary: $69,481.26 – $88,740.23 Annually.

Position Summary:

Must be a experienced certified Police Officer. The Lateral Police Officer is responsible for performing police activities as a sworn Officer. The Police Officer has the duty to protect life, property, and maintain public safety. The Police Officer deters crime by enforcing local, state, and traffic laws under the jurisdiction of the Medford Police Department. The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant by its full supervisory responsibilities. This position may be required to work variable shifts.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares and disseminates reports and makes recommendations on actions to be taken.
  • Enforces local, state and federal laws; cites and/or arrests individuals who have violated applicable laws.
  • May train and mentor peers.
  • Provides credible court testimonies.
  • Investigates traffic offenses and vehicular collisions, instructs public safety classes, conducts emergency traffic control activities, and participates in specialty details.
  • Gathers intelligence information, identifies local gangs, and investigates narcotic activities and violations.
  • Investigates a variety of in-depth cases, conducts polygraphs and interrogations, and processes evidence.
  • Scope of assigned area will depend on departmental structure and is at the discretion of the Police Chief.
  • Upholds the values of the organization and has strong customer service orientation.
  • Must have the ability to handle job stress and interact effectively with others in the workplace.
  • Must be honest and truthful in all tasks and responsibilities.
  • Performs other related projects and duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


  • Must be a certified Police Officer; and
  • Must be 21 years of age with no felony convictions.
  • Must meet DPSST standards of speech, hearing and vision.
  • Use of computer and other office equipment effectively and efficiently.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to obtain Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) certification within six months of employment.
  • Ability to obtain Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) clearance upon hire.
  • Ability to obtain Basic Police Certificate (DPSST) after successful completion of the academy and field training.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license by date of hire. New employees establishing resident status in the State of Oregon must obtain an Oregon driver’s license within 30 days (ORS 807.020 (1)).
  • Ability to maintain an acceptable driving record throughout employment.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation to the satisfaction of the City.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a highly effective member of a team.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products and other basic technology skills.
  • Post High School education course work, focused on the criminal justice system, communications, social issues or other applicable subjects.