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