• 1005 N Main Avenue, Suite 101
    Gresham, OR 97030
    Phone: (503) 665-1131 | Fax: (503) 666-1041

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  • Police Officer - Entry Level

    City of Gresham - City Hall
    Job Description

    Do you have a desire to impact, inspire, and influence those you encounter each day? Are looking to work in a fast-paced environment, where you are supported by the community and those you work and train with every day?

    The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for individuals wanting to be a Police Officer.  The City anticipates filling a minimum of 7-10 positions in 2017.
    We are proud to offer our Police officers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefit and retirement package, and elaborate ongoing training opportunities to provide an established department for the future. 

    We invite you to come learn more about who we are at the Gresham Police Department, how we approach our work, and what we can offer you in a career in Law Enforcement. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the selection process, what your first year as a Police Officer will look like, and get to know some of the current Gresham PD staff.

    Join us at the Rockwood Public Safety Building
    675 NE 181st Ave, Gresham, OR

    Wednesday, May 3 ,2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm 
    Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm


    Gresham Police Officers are responsible for the protection of life and property to residents and visitors within the City of Gresham.  Officers provide emergency aid, security, education and enforcement of State Law and City Ordinances. We respond to requests for information and assistance, investigate criminal activity, encourage community engagement, make arrests, work with people to solve problems associated with crime and neighborhood problems, and ensure proper enforcement of laws and regulations.
    We are a full-service police department with a variety of opportunities for an individual to build an extensive skill set and a fulfilling career in law enforcement. In as little as three years an Entry Level Police office may be eligible for specialty assignments.  The Gresham Police Department specialty assignments include:

    •  SWAT
    • Crisis Negotiators
    • Traffic Officers
    • Motor Officers
    • K-9
    • Detectives
    • School Resource Officers
    • Gang Enforcement Officers
    • Field Training Officers
    • Training Instructors
    • Neighborhood Enforcement Team Officers
    The Gresham Police Department consists of 130 sworn positions. All employees are expected to provide services to customers within a "polite and professional" standard while demonstrating a creative thought process, being a visionary who identifies problem-solving solutions and strives for excellence.



    Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered for the position of Entry Level Police Officer:

    1) You must meet all the following State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) requirements:

    • Be a United States Citizen within 18 months of employment.
    • Be at least 21 years of age at the date of hire.
    • Possess, at a minimum a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Declared by a physician as able to perform the physical duties as required by the occupation. (Following a job offer Gresham PD will send candidates for a department paid Medical Physical exam.)
    • Of good moral fitness, without legal conduct involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, and a conviction for sex crime, domestic violence and/ or for any felony crime.
    • Information regarding the minimum qualifications for Oregon law enforcement officers is available in section 259-088-0010 of the Oregon Administrative Rules. (Download PDF reader)
    2) You must meet the following City of Gresham Police Department standards:
    • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history.
    • Possess the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
    • Display the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and citizens from a variety of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
    Other qualities needed to perform the duties of a Police Officer include the ability, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement.
    • Use firearms and other police-related tools in a skillful and safe manner.
    • Physically handle persons resisting arrest or being physically resistive.
    • Good interpersonal communication skills and be able to attempt to deescalate situations as appropriate.
    • Read and comprehend complex laws, ordinances, plans and orders.
    • Maintain composure under adverse conditions.
    • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to recognize actual and potential dangerous situations, must be able to determine proper courses of action in an ever-changing environment.
    • Present evidence in court effectively; skill in observation and remembering details such as names, faces, and incidents.
    The physical essential functions of the position that may include the following:
    • Patrol in an assigned vehicle in the assigned geographical area.
    • Exposure to varying and extreme weather conditions.
    • A risk of physical hazard from violent, aggressive, and hostile people, a variety of weapons, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs and drug paraphernalia and crime scenes.
    • Physical exertion is required to climb stairs, go over walls, run, move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, kneel in confined areas and sit or stand for protracted periods.
    • Physical effort is required to lift materials, equipment and persons exceeding 50 pounds, and subdue combative persons.
    • May experience disruption in sleep patterns as a result of rotating shift work, court schedules or other assignments.
    Transferable skill and additional preferred qualities in a candidate:
    • Ability to speak a second language, in both written communication and verbal conversation. (Preference to Spanish and Russian)
    • College degree or college level courses in any discipline.
    • A military background
    • A Reserve Officer or Cadet
    Achievement of a long term professional commitment. (Long term employment with one or more employers, completion of a certification program, participation in a Police Cadet or Reserve Program, etc.)


    Selection Process

    Please read the detailed instructions carefully as it is important to your success in this selection process. 

    Note to applicants that have previously applied with the City of Gresham Police Department:  Applicants that have previously applied within the last 5 years must check past communications with the City of Gresham Human Resources Department regarding eligibility to re-apply.
    What to expect as an applicant: 
    The selection process for a Police Officer can take up to 12 months (sometimes longer) from the date an application is received to the date of hire. This job announcement will no longer be available after the closing date. You are encouraged to print the document for your future reference and records.

    Phase I: This is the candidate's responsibility to be moved through the process.
    1. Complete online application
    2. Complete Frontline exam through National Testing Network
    Phase II: Candidates will receive an email requesting them to submit their SPH.
    3. Complete the Statement of Personal History (Do not send in the document until you have received an email request from the City of Gresham HR. )
    Phase III: Candidates will be invited to coming to City Hall for an Oral Board, followed by completing the Pre-Suitability Assessment (multiple choice exam) on the same day.
    4. Oral Board Interview
    5. Pre- Suitability Assessment
    Phase IV: Candidates that pass the previous three phases will be paced on an Eligibility list.
    6. Eligibility List
    7. Background Investigation
    Phase V: Candidates that pass the background phase will be recommended for Executive interview and possible hire.
    8. Executive Interview
    9. Offer of Employment and Pre-Employment testing
    10. Enrolled in DPSST 16-week Law Enforcement Academy in Salem, Oregon.

    Candidates will be notified through the e-mail address provided on their application as to their status in the process. Any updated contact information should be provided to HR@GreshamOregon.gov as soon as it is available.
    If a modification of this process is needed in order to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing at time of submitting an application, verbally to Human Resources at 503-618-2729, or in person to a Human Resources representative at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030.
    The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.The City's Veteran's Preference Policy has the full details. 
    Contact HR@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2729 with questions related to this recruitment.
    For assistance with the online application system, contact NEOGOV directly at 1-855-524-5627.

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