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The Hiring Process


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to establish a pool of candidates to fill vacancies as they become available
* A lateral police officer is someone who has completed at least 3 years of continuous service and is in good standing with his/her current/most recent police agency as a sworn police officer (responsible for 9-1-1 calls) for a recognized state, county or city (municipal) entity.

Salary Range: $4,237 to $5,337 per month  (Salary placement contingent upon qualifications to include years of service as a certified police officer, and any training/assignments in special law enforcement areas.) 

Salary Incentives:  The following salary incentives shall be applied to monthly base salary upon hire if applicable/approved, and/or as received and assigned/approved.

  • 2% incentive for successfully passing ORPAT *
  • 6% incentive for Bachelors Degree **
  • 3% incentive for Associates Degree **
  • 6% incentive for DPSST Advanced Certification
  • 3% incentive for DPSST Intermediate Certification
  • 5% incentive for Spanish Advanced Level
  • 3% incentive for Spanish Intermediate Level
  • 5% incentive for Field Training Officer assignment 
  • 5% incentive for Detective assignment
  • *  Must complete ORPAT within 5 min 30 sec 2X annually to maintain incentive.
    ** Degree may be in any field of study.NOTE:  Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, total education and DPSST certification incentive combined will not exceed eight (8%) percent at one time.

    Additional Incentives

    - Fronted sick and vacation leave may be considered upon hire at the discretion of the Chief of Police.

    - City-provided uniforms, duty weapon, equipment, and uniform cleaning. 

    - Officers with canine assignment shall receive 10 hrs of overtime credit per month.

    - Annual firearms range membership paid by City. 

    Screening Process:

    Upon review of application materials, successful candidates will be invited for a full-day screening process to include the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) and formal oral board interview.  Successful candidates will then be placed in an eligibility pool and considered further upon a position becoming vacant.  Prior to a formal offer being extended, selected candidates will be extended a conditional offer of employment contingent upon a successful preemployment background investigation followed by a successful psychological and medical evaluation including drug screen.

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    Job Title:

    Police Officer


    $24.44 - $30.79 Hourly
    $4,237.00 - $5,337.00 Monthly **plus incentives if applicable

    Job Type:

    Regular, Full-time


    Albany, Oregon

     **Example: If you have a Bachelor’s degree and pass ORPAT, you will receive an 8% increase in pay.  This will bring your starting pay up to $54,911 annually, plus any overtime you work. 


    The City of Albany will consider and/or apply any applicable incentives including but not limited to the following:

    1.  City-provided uniforms, duty weapon, equipment, and uniform cleaning for sworn, uniformed personnel.

    2.  Annual firearms range membership paid by City.

    3.  Bilingual Pay (Spanish)
         3% -Intermediate
         5% -Advanced

    4.  2% ORPAT Pay (must have score of 5 minutes 30 seconds or less twice annually)

    5.  Education Pay *
         3% - Associate's Degree
         6% - Bachelor's Degree

    6.  DPSST Certification Pay *
         3% -Intermediate
         6% -Advanced

    * Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, total education and DPSST certification incentive pay will not exceed eight (8%) percent at one time.

    The Albany Police Department’s Hiring Process:

    Initial Application Review
    Speed/Video Conference Interview: Five (5) minute face-to-face interview for invited applicants. Applicants living more than approximately 150 miles away, will be given the option for a video conference interview.
    * Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT): Obstacle course consisting of jogging, jumping, crawling, climbing stairs, crossing a balance beam 6 inches wide by 15 feet long, manipulating a push and pull station, controlling 80 lbs or weight, and dragging a 165 lb. dummy 25 feet , as required by DPSST in 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
    * Written Evaluation/Test (Ergometrics)
    Oral Board Interview: Formal face-to-face interview with interview panel.
    Pre-Employment Background Investigation
    Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation
    Pre-Employment Medical Evaluation

    * NOTE: Test scores for the written and physical abilities tests will not be accepted or shared from/with other law enforcement testing agencies. In addition, test scores from this testing process will not be provided to applicants or other testing law enforcement agencies.