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Speed/Video Conference Interview

Five (5) minute face-to-face interview for invited applicants. Applicants living more than approximately 50 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


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.

Lateral Officers

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.

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Salary Range

$4,519 to $5,691 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.

2016 lateral police officer brochure

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
  • $4,000 incentive paid on the first regular payroll after start date
  • $4,000 incentive paid after completion of two years of employment
  • Forty-eight (48) hours of Sick leave upon hire at the discretion of the Chief
  • Forty (40) hours of Vacation leave upon hire at the discretion of the Chief

* Must complete ORPAT within 5:30 annually to maintain incentive. To view ORPAT information, click here. To view the ORPAT video, click here.
** Degree may be in any field of study.
NOTE:  Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, total education and DPSST certification incentive combined will not exceed ten (10%) percent at one time.


Lateral New Hire Incentives

  • $4,000 incentive paid on the first regular payroll after start date
  • $4,000 incentive paid after completion of two years of employment

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 15 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 may be 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.