Police Officer – Entry Level

Gresham, OR
City of Gresham

$69,504.00 – $88,740.00 Annually


Do you have a desire to impact, inspire, and influence those you encounter each day? Are you looking to work in a fast-paced learning environment, where you are encouraged to grow in your career and engagement within the community?

The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for Entry Level Police Officer positions. Our agency is proud to offer our Police officers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit and retirement package, and extensive, ongoing training opportunities to support the current and future needs of a thriving community service and safety department.

**We are pleased to offer a hiring incentive bonus — this announcement will be updated with details once finalized.**

The City of Gresham Police Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual’s status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

The City of Gresham Police Department encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities; women, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.

As Oregon’s fourth-largest city, Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity. Gresham is a dynamic and rapidly growing city where families and businesses have a mutual desire and drive to thrive and prosper. City of Gresham employees care deeply about the community members they serve. Employees strive to deliver services in collaborative, innovative, practical, and nimble ways that go “one step beyond!”. The work is challenging, fast-paced and rewarding.

We believe that to deliver the highest level of service to all Gresham community members, it is crucial we employ a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive working environment, and ensure our policies and systems result in equitable outcomes. The City seeks candidates who will support these values by continuously incorporating equity in their daily work, and actively contributing to a workplace culture that respects unique viewpoints, life experiences, and cultural perspectives. Come build the future with us.

Position Description
Gresham Police Officers are responsible for the protection of life and property to community members and visitors within the City of Gresham. Officers provide emergency aid, security, education and enforcement of State Law and City Ordinances.

We respond to requests for information and assistance, participate in various community initiatives, work with community members to solve neighborhood and crime associated problems, ensure proper and equitable enforcement of laws and regulations, investigate criminal activity, and make arrests.

We are a full-service police department with a variety of opportunities for an individual to build an extensive skill set and a fulfilling career in law enforcement. In as little as three years, an Entry Level Police office may be eligible for specialty assignments. The Gresham Police Department specialty assignments include:

  • SWAT
  • Crisis Negotiators
  • Traffic Officers
  • Motor Officers
  • K-9
  • Detectives
  • School Resource Officers
  • Field Training Officers
  • Training Instructors
  • Neighborhood Enforcement Team Officers
  • Transit Officers
  • Service Coordination Team
  • UAV Pilots

The Gresham Police Department consists of 127 sworn positions. All employees are expected to strive for excellence as they provide services to customers and community members in a positive and respectful manner; while demonstrating a creative and visionary thought process, -and insightful problem-solving skills. .

We offer competitive living-wage salaries with generous benefit packages. In addition to base salary, officers are eligible for overtime pay, premium pay for participation in specialty or instructor assignments, and advanced certification pay.

Benefits include :

  • Paid vacation: 20.66 hours per month to start.
  • Education reimbursement
  • Sick leave for longer-term illnesses.
  • Medical, vision, dental and life insurance.
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
  • City participates in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • Health reimbursement account.
  • Flexible spending account.
  • Deferred compensation.
  • Uniforms, uniform cleaning, weapon and other equipment provided.

Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered for the position of Entry Level Police Officer:

1) You must meet all the following State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) requirements:

  • Be a United States Citizen within 18 months of employment.
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the date of hire.
  • Possess, at a minimum a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Declared by a physician as able to perform the physical duties as required by the occupation. (Following a job offer Gresham PD will send candidates for a department paid Medical/Physical exam.)
  • Of good moral fitness, without legal conduct involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, and a conviction for sex crime, domestic violence and/ or for any felony crime.
  • Information regarding the minimum qualifications for Oregon law enforcement officers is available in section 259-008-0010 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.

2) You must meet the following City of Gresham Police Department standards:

  • Must possess a current driver’s license in the applicant’s state of residence and an acceptable driving history.
  • Possess the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Display the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and citizens from a variety of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

Other qualities needed to perform the duties of a Police Officer include the ability, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement.
  • Use firearms and other police-related tools in a skillful and safe manner.
  • Physically handle persons resisting arrest or being physically resistive.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills and be able to deescalate situations as appropriate.
  • Read and comprehend complex laws, ordinances, plans and orders.
  • Maintain composure under adverse conditions.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to recognize actual and potential dangerous situations, must be able to determine proper courses of action in an ever-changing environment.
  • Present evidence in court effectively; skill in observation and remembering details such as names, faces, and incidents.

The physical essential functions of the position that may include the following:

  • Patrol in an assigned vehicle in the assigned geographical area.
  • Exposure to varying and extreme weather conditions.
  • A risk of physical hazard from violent, aggressive, and hostile people, a variety of weapons, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs and drug paraphernalia and crime scenes.
  • Physical exertion is required to climb stairs, go over walls, run, move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, kneel in confined areas and sit or stand for protracted periods.
  • Physical effort is required to lift materials, equipment and persons exceeding 50 pounds, and subdue combative persons.
  • May experience disruption in sleep patterns as a result of rotating shift work, court schedules or other assignments.

Transferable skill and additional preferred qualities in a candidate:

  • Ability to speak a second language, in both written communication and verbal conversation. (Preference to Spanish and Russian)
  • College degree or college level courses in any discipline.
  • A military background
  • A Reserve Officer or Cadet

Achievement of a long term professional commitment. (Long term employment with one or more employers, completion of a certification program, participation in a Police Cadet or Reserve Program, etc.)

Selection Process
*Note to applicants that have previously applied with the City of Gresham Police Department: Candidates that have previously applied within the last 5 years must check past communications from the City of Gresham Human Resources regarding eligibility to re-apply.

What to expect as an applicant:
The selection process for a Police Officer can take several months from the date an application is received to the date of hire. This job announcement will no longer be available after recruitment closes. You are encouraged to print the job announcement and Entry Level Police Selection Process Details (link to file below) for future reference.

2022 Entry Level Police Officer Selection Process Summary
Phase I: Application & Exam
Phase II: Statement of Personal History
Phase III: Panel Interview & Pre-Suitability Assessment
Phase IV: Eligibility List & Background Investigation
Phase V: Chief Interview, Employment Offer, Post Offer Testing

Please read the detailed instructions carefully as it is important to your success in this selection process. The following text features a link to a pdf document with detailed information for each phase:

2022 Entry Level Process Selection Steps Details

Candidates will be notified through the e-mail address provided on their application as to their status in the process. Any updated contact information should be provided by email to HR@GreshamOregon.gov as soon as it is available.

If a modification of this process is needed in order to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing at time of submitting an application, verbally to Human Resources at 503-618-2729, or in person to a Human Resources representative at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030.

Veteran’s Preference
The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran’s preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Our Commitment
The City of Gresham is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, familial status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, Oregon, or local law.

Contact HR@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2729 with questions related to this recruitment.