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Steps To Become a Police Officer in Oregon – Requirements to Become a Cop

How to Become a Police Officer in Oregon

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To become a police officer in Oregon you have to successfully complete the Basic Police Course at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. In order to be enrolled in the academy you must first be employed by a municipal police department, which will then  enroll you in the academy. To get help in finding a job, the state has provided a list of police agencies at www.oregon.gov/DPSST/RelatedSites.shtml.

However, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), which sets minimum training standards and operates the academy, notes on its website (www.oregon.gov/DPSST/) that every agency has different hiring requirements and that individuals have to contact agencies they are interested in joining to find out what is expected of them.

 Requirements And Qualifications

In general, however, you can expect to have to meet these minimum standards, or similar standards, as required by the Portland Police Bureau. For instance, will have to be 21 at the time you are hired, a U.S. citizen, and have a valid driver’s license. You must have either an Associate Degree or 60 semester or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college of university.

Alternatively, you can be hired if you have a high school diploma and a minimum of either two years of active duty or four years of reserve military service. You cannot be hired as a peace officer in Oregon if you have a dishonorable discharge from the military.

 Disqualifying Factors

In addition, there are other disqualifying factors. You cannot become a police officer anywhere in Oregon if you have been convicted of driving under the influence within the past three years or have two or more DUI convictions, or have been convicted of reckless driving, attempting to elude, hit and run or felony driving with a license suspended or revoked within the last two years.

You may not have been convicted of a domestic violence assault, or convicted of any felony, or convicted of any crime involving controlled substances or any of a number of sexual assault crimes.

A complete list of standards and disqualifying factors can be found on the website of the Portland Police Bureau at www.joinportlandpolice.com/pdfs/2.5_Instructions_SPH.pdf. While this list is specifically for Portland, it does include some statewide disqualifying factors to take note of.

 Application/Hiring Process

If you meet these standards, be prepared to take a written exam to assess your writing and reading skills, and an oral interview. In addition, you will be tested on your physical fitness to determine whether you are capable of carrying out the functions of a police officer.

A guide to the physical fitness test is available at www.joinportlandpolice.com/pdfs/physical_abilities_halfsheet.pdf. Note, this test is similar to the physical fitness test you will have to take during the Basic Police Course at the academy. The requirements for the physical fitness portion of academy training can be found at www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/docs/ORPATDescription.pdf.

Average Police Officer Salary in Oregon

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Oregon make between $54,500 – $60,270 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate because it does not record overtime pay or off duty work. These two factors, if included in the data, would increase the average salary of a police officer in OR.

Police Officer Jobs in OR

There are several law enforcement job openings in Oregon. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Oregon.

  • Baker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Benton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coos County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crook County Sheriff’s Office
  • Curry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harney County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hood River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Josephine County Sheriff’s Office
  • Klamath County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
  • Linn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Malheur County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morrow County Sheriff’s Office
  • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sherman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office
  • Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wasco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office
  • Albany Police Department
  • Amity Police Department
  • Ashland Police Department
  • Astoria Police Department
  • Athena Police Department
  • Aumsville Police Department
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Baker City Police Department
  • Bandon Police Department
  • Beaverton Police Department
  • Bend Police Department
  • Black Butte Ranch Police Department
  • Boardman Police Department
  • Brookings Police Department
  • Burns Police Department
  • Butte Falls Police Department
  • Canby Police Department
  • Cannon Beach Police Department
  • Carlton Police Department
  • Central Point Police Department
  • Clatskanie Police Department
  • Coburg Police Department
  • Columbia City Police Department
  • Condon Police Department
  • Coos Bay Police Department
  • Coquille Police Department
  • Cornelius Police Department
  • Corvallis Police Department
  • Cottage Grove Police Department
  • Culver Police Department
  • Dallas Police Department (Oregon)
  • Eagle Point Police Department
  • Elgin Police Department (Oregon)
  • Enterprise Police Department
  • Eugene Police Department
  • Fairview Police Department
  • Florence Police Department
  • Forest Grove Police Department
  • Garibaldi Police Department
  • Gaston Police Department
  • Gearhart Police Department
  • Gervais Police Department
  • Gladstone Police Department
  • Gold Beach Police Department
  • Gold Hill Police Department
  • Grants Pass Department of Public Safety
  • Gresham Police Department
  • Hermiston Police Department
  • Hillsboro Police Department
  • Hines Police Department
  • Hood River Police Department
  • Hubbard Police Department
  • Independence Police Department
  • Jacksonville Police Department
  • John Day Police Department
  • Junction City Police Department
  • Keizer Police Department
  • King City Police Department
  • Klamath Falls Police Department
  • La Grande Police Department
  • Lake Oswego Police Department
  • Lakeview Police Department
  • Lebanon Police Department
  • Lincoln City Police Department
  • Madras Police Department
  • Malin Police Department
  • Manzanita Police Department
  • McMinnville Police Department
  • Medford Police Department
  • Merrill Police Department
  • Milton-Freewater Police Department
  • Milwaukie Police Department
  • Molalla Police Department
  • Monmouth Police Department
  • Mt. Angel Police Department
  • Myrtle Creek Police Department
  • Myrtle Point Police Department
  • Newberg-Dundee Police Department
  • Newport Police Department
  • North Bend Police Department
  • North Plains Police Department
  • Nyssa Police Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Oakridge Police Department
  • Ontario Police Department
  • Oregon City Police Department
  • Pendleton Police Department
  • Philomath Police Department
  • Phoenix Police Department
  • Pilot Rock Police Department
  • Port Orford Police Department
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Powers Police Department
  • Prairie City Police Department
  • Prineville Police Department
  • Rainier Police Department
  • Redmond Police Department
  • Reedsport Police Department
  • Rockaway Beach Police Department
  • Rogue River Police Department
  • Roseburg Police Department
  • Salem Police Department
  • Sandy Police Department
  • Scappoose Police Department
  • Seaside Police Department
  • Shady Cove Police Department
  • Sherwood Police Department
  • Silverton Police Department
  • Springfield Police Department
  • St. Helens Police Department
  • Stanfield Police Department
  • Stayton Police Department
  • Sutherlin Police Department
  • Sweet Home Police Department
  • Talent Police Department
  • The Dalles Police Department
  • Tigard Police Department
  • Tillamook Police Department
  • Toledo Police Department
  • Troutdale Police Department
  • Tualatin Police Department
  • Turner Police Department
  • Umatilla Police Department
  • Union Police Department
  • Vernonia Police Department
  • Warrenton Police Department
  • West Linn Police Department
  • Weston Police Department
  • Winston Police Department
  • Woodburn Police Department
  • Yamhill Police Department
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