Police Officer (Lateral)

Canby, OR
Canby Police Department

$76,164.00 – $95,820.00 Annually

As a certified police officer, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work including discovery, investigation, report preparation and patrol to enforce federal, state and local laws. Oversee police program areas that may require additional specialized training. Applicants applying for a position with the Canby Police Department must be free of any acts that would adversely reflect on his or her fitness to perform their duties as a police officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Patrol streets, businesses and residential areas to enforce traffic and criminal laws. Issue warnings or citations for violations. Perform security checks for suspicious persons or vehicles. Make arrests; conduct searches; transport and release prisoners.
  • Respond to calls, including traffic accidents, major crimes, civil complaints, thefts, burglaries, assaults, family disputes, etc. Investigate and take appropriate actions. Direct traffic at accident/crime scenes and perform CPR/First Aid as necessary.
  • Maintain written records and prepare reports regarding investigations, which are reviewed by supervisor and used for crime prevention, prosecution and office activities. Testify in court periodically.
  • Conduct preliminary case/incident investigations and related follow-up activities; gather and preserve evidence; interview and take statements from victims and witnesses; interrogate suspects; and accurately prepare and attest to related reports and logs. Prepare and swear to facts in obtaining search warrants.
  • Maintain effective working relationship between adjacent law enforcement agencies. Provide assistance and back-up as requested. Provide appropriate information to other law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, the media and citizens regarding on-going investigations, department policies, officer safety information, criminal activity, gang documentation, etc.
  • Perform crime prevention activities that include surveillance patrols and dissemination of information to the public. Participate in public relations programs that may include speaking to citizen and school groups, and public service efforts.
  • Aid stranded motorists, conduct vacation house checks and welfare checks. Check road/street signs and report defects or problems. Assist the public as needed.
  • Perform other projects, functions, and tasks, as assigned. Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with City staff, other organizations and the general public.

Job Qualification Requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: Thorough knowledge of police practices and procedures, investigative methods and techniques, federal, state and local laws, report writing, firearm use and safety precautions. Equivalent to high school graduation and completion of DPSST Basic law enforcement training and state certification. Ability to understand complex oral and written instructions and act upon them accordingly; speak and write clearly and effectively, prepare clear, comprehensive, objective reports; operate assigned equipment and vehicles skillfully and safely; analyze situations and problems quickly and objectively to determine course of action. Must be of good moral fitness (moral character), and understand that any acts that reflect dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation adversely reflects on their fitness to perform their duties as a police officer.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must not have been convicted of any crime punishable as a felony in any jurisdiction or a crime involving domestic violence (applicants with lesser criminal records will be evaluated on an individual basis)
  • Must not have any discharge less than honorable from any branch of the military
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record
  • Must attend and successfully complete the Police Academy and have possession of DPSST Basic certificate required within one year of appointment
  • Must pass all phases of the examination process, including an oral and written exam, background investigation, psychological test, physical and agility testing
  • Honesty and Integrity are two of the most important attributes that a police officer must possess. Officers shall conduct themselves so as not to impair their working relationship with other employees or with the public, so that confidence in the police service is secured and maintained. These two attributes are essential job qualifications to remain employed as a police officer. These are core expectations as a condition of holding certification as a police officer in the state of Oregon, as required by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (D.P.S.S.T.)