Police Officer

Cottage Grove, OR
Cottage Grove Police Department

The City of Cottage Grove Police Department is actively recruiting Entry Level and Lateral Police Officers. The Cottage Grove Police Department offers the unique advantages of policing within a small community with a family atmosphere, while providing competitive pay and excellent benefits. If you want to begin or continue your career in law enforcement with an agency that is dedicated to community policing, then we invite you to apply! The City of Cottage Grove welcomes PERS retirees to work back after retirement with no hourly limits.


1. Patrols streets, businesses, and residential areas to enforce traffic and criminal laws; issues warnings or citations for violations; performs security checks for suspicious persons or vehicles.
2. Responds to calls, including major crimes, civil complaints, thefts, assaults, family disputes, and takes appropriate action.
3. Maintains written records and prepares reports necessary for accident and crime investigations, crime prevention, prosecution and office activities.
4. Conducts investigation and interrogations; gathers evidence and interviews victims and witnesses.
5. Serves criminal warrants, applicable court orders, and subpoenas.
6. Performs crime prevention activities that include surveillance patrols and dissemination of information to the public.
7. Makes arrests, books, and searches prisoners; transports prisoners; releases prisoners.
8. Testifies in court.

Education & Experience:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent preferred. Must have ability to understand and
    carry out oral and written instructions, policies and rules in order to do job safely,
    and be able to complete forms and reports as required by the position.
    a. Minimum of 2 years of experience in law enforcement, preferred.
    b. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Preference will be given to lateral candidates with DPSST Basic Police Certification
    or the ability to obtain certification within one year of hire date. Or similar
    certification from another state, two years law enforcement experience, or police
    reserve experience with academy training, two years of college.