Police Officer

Portland, OR
Portland Police Bureau

This is a sworn law enforcement position with an emphasis on Community Policing which focuses on crime prevention, organizational excellence and community engagement and inclusion. Portland Police Officers work with the diverse communities in the City of Portland to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment. A Portland Police Officer will function and communicate effectively within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. New officers will work various shifts and geographical areas as assigned.

$30.97 – $44.09 Hourly

6/30/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the Frontline Police Test. This is a three part exam lasting 2-hours. Learn how to prepare for the Frontline Police Test.



At the time of application:
• Must be 20.5 years old.
• Possess a High School Diploma or GED.

AND possess at least one of the following:
• An Associate's Degree or 60-semester (90-quarter) hours from an accredited college or university. Courses must be 100 level or above.
• 2 years of U.S. Military active duty service or 4 years reserve service under honorable conditions.
• 2 years of continuous service and currently working in a non-sworn position or Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications.
• 2 years of continuous service and currently working in the United States as a:
o Law enforcement officer exercising police powers for a recognized federal, state, county, or city (municipal) agency.
o State or federal certified parole or probation officer.
o State or federal certified corrections officer.
• Possess a valid Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate.


• Possess a High School Diploma or GED.
• Must have three (3) years of continuous service in another police agency as a sworn police officer for a recognized state, county, or city (municipal) agency, to include sworn Indian Tribal Police, AND must have been employed there within the last six (6) months.
• Military police, Federal Law Enforcement, Corrections and Parole/Probation DO NOT QUALIFY as a Lateral Police Officer.

ALL APPLICANTS must meet each of the following conditions.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen within one (1) year of employment or a nonimmigrant legally admitted to the United States under a Compact of Free Association https://cann.us/hb-2594/. Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application. (Application for U.S. citizenship requires 5 years of residency).
• Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of application.
• Have no excessive traffic violations.
• Have no felony convictions.
• Have no conviction of a crime involving domestic violence.
• Have not used any marijuana products within the last year.
• Have no dishonorable discharge from any branch of military service.
• Cannot have any offensive forms of body art or tattoos above the collar