Police Officer – Lateral Only

Tualatin, OR
Tualatin Police Department

Salary: $75,337.60 – $95,347.20 Annually.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts investigations of reported criminal activity; responds to citizen requests for service; gathers crime scene evidence and takes latent fingerprints; interviews and takes statements from victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Performs preventative patrol of city streets, residential and commercial areas of the city. Enforces traffic and criminal laws and City ordinances. Operates radar; checks property security; investigates road and safety hazards.
  • Investigates traffic accidents; determines circumstances, takes statements, performs first aid, and requests appropriate assistance. Controls traffic flow and direction.
  • Investigates reported crimes, interviews, interrogates, makes arrests, develops criminal cases for prosecution, and appears in court as a witness. Temporarily detains suspects in the holding facility. Transports prisoners as required.
  • Prepares full and comprehensive reports on activities. Maintains complete and accurate records of activities performed on duty.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, and performs public service functions for the citizens.
  • Serves warrants and subpoenas.
  • Receives training on a regular basis.
  • Uses a computer to obtain various information and communicates using e-mail.
  • Assists in the development of crime prevention programs and public relations activities of the department. Performs crime prevention community education functions.
  • Assists the public by answering questions about laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Drives to city facilities, vendors, training programs, and meetings as necessary.
  • Rides a bicycle on patrol.


  • Minimum age of 21 years.
  • Graduation from high school or the equivalent.
  • Status as a U. S. citizen; or 2) become a U.S. citizen within 18 months of employment as a police officer; or 3) status as a nonimmigrant legally admitted in the United States under a Compact of Free Association. Candidates hired under citizenship criterion two must obtain U.S. citizenship within the timeframe listed or may be subject to termination.
  • Current State Certification as a Police Officer. Strong preference will be given to lateral officers with three years or more of experience, within the last five years, employed as a police officer.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and federal, state and local laws.
  • Considerable knowledge of police investigative procedures and techniques.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to maintain standard law enforcement equipment, i.e., firearms, body armor, chemical agents, uniform equipment, first aid supplies;
  • Ability to become an officer which includes, but is not limited to, the ability to pass a written exam, pre-screening interview, oral board, extensive background check, physical agility test, psychological exam, drug screen and an employment entrance medical exam.
  • Ability to work different shifts, which may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.