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Lateral Officers

Qualified laterals must have 3 or more years of law enforcement experience with a 911 responding agency. Laterals may qualify for their Intermediate and/or Advanced Certifications within a year of employment.

Laterals are offered an expedited screening process to minimize trips during the process.

Oregon’s certifying body, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) honors most out of state academy training. For example, laterals from California only take a 2-week course.

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* Dates and times subject to change. **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.

Hiring Process

  1. Application / Initial Application Review
  2. Speed/Video Conference Interview
    • Five 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.
  3. Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT)** and written test
  4. 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.
  5. Watch a demo of the ORPAT test
  6. Formal face-to-face interview with panel
  7. Pre-Employment
    • Background Investigation
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Medical Evaluation
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