Police Officer, Entry Level & Lateral, Portland Police, OR

National Testing Network

The Portland Police Bureau is currently establishing a Police Officer hiring list! All candidates must take the FrontLine National exam through National Testing Network. NTN suggests completing the exam at your earliest convenience, to prevent any potential delays in the hiring process. The application deadline is 12/31/21.

Salary Information:  $32.18 – $47.18

Benefit Informationhttps://www.joinportlandpolice.com/wages-benefits/

Position Information:

This is a sworn law enforcement position with an emphasis on Community Policing, focused on crime prevention, organizational excellence, community engagement, and inclusion. Portland Police Officers work with diverse communities within the City of Portland to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility as well as community commitment. A Portland Police Officer functions and communicates effectively within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. The Portland Police Bureau provides excellent training, pay and benefits. Officers serve the community in many unique and rewarding ways.

New officers will work various shifts and geographical areas as assigned. Additional information is available at https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/faq/.

External applicants start at the entry salary rate unless you qualify as a Lateral Police Officer. The Portland Police Association (PPA) represents this classification. To view this labor agreement, please go to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/27840 and click on the appropriate link.




At the time of application:

  • Must be 20.5 years old.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED.


  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must have three (3) years of continuous service in another police agency as a sworn police officer for a recognized state, county, or city (municipal) agency, to include sworn Indian Tribal Police, AND must have been employed there within the last two (2) years.
  • Military police, Corrections and Parole/Probation DO NOT QUALIFY as a Lateral Police Officer. Federal Law Enforcement experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



Job Requirements


Age : 20.5 at time of application

US Citizen : Must be a U.S. Citizen within one (1) year of employment or a nonimmigrant legally admitted to the United States under a Compact of Free Association https://cann.us/hb-2594/. Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
(Application for U.S. citizenship requires 5 years of residency)

High School Grad/GED : Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver’s License : Must possess a valid driver’s license (in current state of residence) at the time of application. Have no excessive traffic violations.

Vision Must have vision correctable to 20/30. Additional information on medical requirements can be found on the DPSST F 2 at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57b2024dbebafb1f2e14bb86/t/57bb41ab15d5db8ad6e19249/1471889836973/F 2.Revised.5-17-11.pdf.

ALL APPLICANTS must meet each of the following conditions :

  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Have no conviction of a crime involving domestic violence.
  • Have not used any marijuana products within the last year.
  • Have no dishonorable discharge from any branch of military service.
  • Cannot have any offensive forms of body art or tattoos. Tattoos above the collar may be considered case by case. More information can be found at https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/faq/.



Lateral applicants and applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree or will have a bachelor’s degree by the time of hire are NOT required to take the National Testing Network (NTN) Frontline Written Exam. All other applicants requiring the NTN are encouraged to schedule and complete the NTN Frontline Written Exam prior to applying to the City of Portland. Test and scheduling information can be found at https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/. While completion of NTN testing is not required in order to apply, applicants for whom NTN testing is required must pass all three (3) components of the exam prior to any offer of employment. The following minimum scores for the NTN are required: reading ability test- 70, writing ability test- 70, and video-based human relations – 65. NTN scores are valid for one (1) year. Applicants who have valid NTN scores from prior testing are encouraged to submit their NTN scores to Portland Police Bureau through the NTN portal. Additional information can be found at https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/entry#phase-1-the-test.

Applicants must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applicants who are disqualified based on their supplemental questionnaire responses will not be able to reapply for the position for six (6) months and may have their eligibility impacted, SO PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS PRIOR TO ANSWERING. Please double-check your answers before submitting the application.
Veterans’ Preference.
 Upload and submit with your application a copy of your DD214/DD215 and, if applicable, a copy of a Department of Veterans Affairs letter stating your disability rating with your application. You must also check the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment cycle in which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

Once you are placed on an eligible list, you will be notified by email of additional steps in the Police Officer selection process, which include:

  • Personal History Statement
  • Pre-Psychological Exam (Personal History Questionnaire)
  • Physical Ability Test (Pass/Fail – if required; possibly waived due to Covid-19 concerns)
  • In-depth background investigation and required documents
  • Command Interview Panel (Pass/Fail)
  • Qualifying Psychological Exam And Qualifying Medical Exam

Applicants placed on the eligible list will advance in the process based on the order in which their applications were received.

This recruitment will close at 11:59 PM PST on December 31, 2021. All applications for this position must be submitted online and in possession of the Bureau of Human Resources no later than this date and time.

If you need any assistance, please contact our recruiting officers at (503) 823-0333 or [email protected] or https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/contact. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joinpdxpolice.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, submit with your application a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Department of Veterans Affairs letter stating your disability. In addition, check the appropriate box where indicated to identify yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment for which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted with your application.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers “How to Apply Classes” that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Contact Information
Teresa Dahrens, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
[email protected]
(503) 823-4516

Additional Information Regarding This Recruitment: Additional information regarding this recruitment can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/60019

Additional information on the recruitment process can be found at https://www.joinportlandpolice.com.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted portions of this process, including the Physical Ability Test. As a result, processes are being adapted to address public health concerns and government-imposed restrictions.

There is not a consolidated or compressed testing process for out-of-state applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.joinportlandpolice.com/faq/