Police Officer or Lateral Police Officer

Philomath, OR
Philomath Police Department

Salary: $4,864.60 – $6,519.03 monthly.

Position Summary:

Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.

Works under the general supervision of the Lieutenant and the Police Chief.

Essential Functions:

  • Works on rotating shifts performing security patrols, traffic control, investigation and first aid at accidents, detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.
  • Works an assigned shift using own judgment in deciding course of action being expected to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance.
  • Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone for consultation on major emergencies or precedent.
  • Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances.
  • Patrols City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies and other law violations and to otherwise serve and protect.
  • Responds to emergency calls for service and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, and similar violations of criminal and traffic laws and ordinances. Takes appropriate law enforcement action.
  • Interrogates suspects, witnesses and drivers. Preserves evidence. Arrests violators.
  • Investigates and renders assistance at the scene of vehicular accidents. Summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles. Takes photographs and measurements and draws diagrams of crime and accident scenes.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes. Seeks out and questions victims, witnesses and suspects. Develops leads and tips. Searches scene of crimes for clues. Gathers, preserves, analyzes and evaluates evidence. Arrests offenders and fingerprints, photographs, books and lodges them in accordance with department policy and state law. Prepares cases for presentation in court and testifies in court and grand jury proceedings.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and records including officer’s Daily Log, reports of investigation, field interrogation report, alcohol reports, influence reports, breathalyzer check list, bad check form, vehicle impoundment form, and others as needed.
  • Undertakes community-oriented police work and assists citizens with such matters as locked or stalled vehicles, crime prevention, traffic safety, neighborhood watch, and similar programs.
  • Participates in investigating criminal law violations occurring within the city limits, obtaining evidence and compiling information regarding these crimes, preparing cases for filing of charges, testifying in court, and related activities.
  • Conducts patrol activities including directing traffic and the investigation of reported or observed violations of law.
  • Coordinates activities with other officers or other departments as needed, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney and District Attorney’s Office regarding cases, policies and procedures, as needed and assigned.
  • Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provides general information about Department activities.


  • Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment.
  • Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years are not allowed.
  • Citizen of the United States or a nonimmigrant legally admitted to the United States under a Compact of Free Association.
  • Must be able to read and write the English language.
  • Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent, and
  • A college degree or vocational school training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field is highly desired, but not required.
  • Must be able to pass medical exam and the Department’s physical agility test.