Lateral Police Officer

West Linn, OR
West Linn Police Department

Salary range: $37.16 – $43.51 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Limited supervision from a Police Sergeant or an officer of higher rank who assigns work details and reviews work for conformance to departmental rules and regulations, policies and procedures, Federal, State and City laws.

Supervision is not a normal responsibility of this position. May have input on the training of reserves. May give direction to other personnel in similar job function at comparable or subordinate levels, when serving as a primary officer on calls for service.

Essential Functions:

  • Contributes to a positive work environment.
  • Maintains a positive relationship with fellow employees and with persons outside the City organization.
  • Performs active patrol of City roads and residential and business areas of the City and enforces traffic laws, criminal laws and City ordinances.
  • Takes and prepares full and comprehensive reports on activities within the officer’s jurisdiction.
  • Responds to a variety of radio calls, including traffic accidents, thefts, burglaries, rapes, family disputes, juvenile disputes, large parties, animal related calls, etc., taking appropriate action.May provide delivery services as requested.
  • Investigates accidents and criminal complaints, make arrests and issues citations. May transport prisoners as required by law.
  • Assists the public by answering questions regarding directions, laws, and ordinances; aiding stranded motorists; checking roads and street signs; reporting defects; and giving any other assistance needed by the public.
  • May assist in crime prevention and public relation activities including making presentations to various groups.
  • Appears in court as a witness, when necessary.
  • Performs minor first aid at scenes of accidents, which sometimes include serious injuries, and directs traffic if necessary.
  • Ensure the security of sensitive information and limit its dissemination to only approved certified personnel. This includes communications on the MDC, report writing computers and radio communications.


  • Lateral Applicants must have 2 years of prior law enforcement experience as well as a Basic Certification or out of state equivalent.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED Certificate (An Associate Degree from an accredited college or university is preferred/desirable.)
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License at time of appointment and a good driving record required.