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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Lateral Applicants

Motorcycle Officers

 

Why Join Portland as a Lateral Officer?

Portland is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. With an affordable cost of living, it is that much more attractive. Visit our section for Out-of-State Applicants for further information on living and working in Portland.

The Portland Police Bureau strives to work and live by a set of values: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service. Our community policing philosophy emphasizes cooperative work with community members and businesses to resolve on-going neighborhood livability issues, respond to emergency calls for service, encourage traffic safety, and overall reducie crime and the fear of crime. Officers build important relationships with residents and business owners by working as liaisons with various community organizations; becoming youth mentors or coaches; and building partnerships through Portland's active network of neighborhood associations.

A position with the Portland Police Bureau is:

  • A rewarding career with great pay and benefits - including medical and pension plan.
  • Fast-paced, exciting and varied work with opportunity for promotion.
  • A gateway to excellent training programs.

 

Lateral Applicant Requirements

Career Path Opportunities

Lateral Wages & Benefits

Retirement Plan

Additional Benefits

What's Next?

 


 

Lateral Officer Requirements

A lateral applicant has completed at least 3 years of continuous service exercising police powers at a city (municipal), county or state police agency responsible for 9-1-1 calls. The 3 years of service must be current, full-time, unbroken, and continuous with no more than a 30 day break in service. To be sworn in as a lateral officer the candidate must have been so employed no more than 6 months prior to the Portland Police hire date.  (See Minimum Requirements and Disqualifiers for more details.)

Lateral officers with a state certification recognized by Oregon do not have to attend the DPSST Basic Academy. However, lateral officers must attend a two-week Career Officer Development class and the 16-week Advanced Academy - both trainings are located in Portland and operated by the bureau. Lateral officers go through the same 18-month probation and training program (FTEP) as recruit officers, but tend to accelerate through the phases more quickly.

For the most up-to-date information on which state certifications are recognized by DPSST and to answer any other specific certification questions, please contact DPSST directly at www.oregon.gov/dpsst

 


Career Path Opportunities

During your career as a sworn member of the Portland Police Bureau there are many options for your career path. In addition to numerous specialty units and detached units, there is always the option of promotion through the ranks to experience additional career focuses. For details visit Career Path Opportunities.

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Lateral Wages & Benefits


Lateral Community Police Officers start at a higher pay step than entry-level applicants and after successfully completing probation will earn an increased vacation accrual rate. 

Below is the wage scale matrix used by the Bureau of Human Resources as a guide - it does not guarantee a specific rate of pay. The Director of Human Resources must consider and authorize appointments at pay steps 2-5. City Council authorizes entry above Step 5 in the form of a city ordinance. The Personnel Division HR Manager interprets law enforcement experience. Factors considered in the lateral applicant’s entry wage include agency size, specialized training, specialty assignments, previous supervisory experience and other job-related factors deemed significant.

"Police Experience" refers to city, county, and state police agencies. Corrections, civil deputy, reserve officer, security officer, military police, FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, etc. do not fulfill our requirement for police experience needed as a lateral applicant.

 

 

Police Experience

High School Diploma

AA Degree

60 Semester Hrs

90 Quarter Hrs

Undergrad Degree

Graduate Degree

2-3 Years

Step 2: $56,908.80

Step 3:

$60,444.80

Step 3:

$60,444.80

Step 4:

$64,022.40

3-5 Years

Step 2: $56,908.80

Step 3:

$60,444.80

Step 4:

$64,022.40

Step 5:

 $68,016.00

5-7 years

Step 3:

$60,444.80

Step 4:

$64,022.40

Step 5:

$68,016.00

Step 6:

$71,684.00

7-10 years

Step 4:

$64,022.40

Step 5:

$68,016.00

Step 5:

$68,016.00

Step 6:

$71,684.00

10+ years

Step 4:

$64,022.40

Step 5:

$68,016.00

Step 6:

$71,684.00

Step 6:

$71,684.00

Wages and Benefits - Lateral Officer (PDF)

 

Incentive pays:

1% physical fitness

2% Education (holding a four-year degree)

1% Afternoon Shift differential pay

2% Night Shift differential pay

Overtime is paid at time and one-half.

 

Premium Pays:

6% Hazard Pay: motorcycles, drug investigations, tactical units and explosives work

10% Field Training Officer and On-Call Pay

 

Longevity Pays:

2% at 16 Years

4% at 21 years

6% at 26 years

 

Beginning Annual Paid Leave

9 Annual Holidays (90 Hours)

4 Personal Days (40 Hours)

13 Sick Days (130 Hours)

8 Annual Vacation Days (80 Hours)

For lateral officers, upon successful completion of probation, an additional 40 hours vacation will be added to your vacation bank. and upon approval, you will be placed at an appropriate level of vacation accrual, not to exceed 15-year step.

Annual Vacation Accrual increases with years of service:

0-4 years = 80 hours; 5-9 yrs. = 120 hours; 10-14 yrs. = 140 hours; 15-19 yrs. = 160 hours; 20-24 yrs. = 180 hours; 25+ yrs. = 200 hours

 

Shift Configurations

Community Police Officers work four consecutive 10-hour shifts each week. The current shift configurations are Mornings (7am - 5pm), Afternoons (4pm - 2am) and Nights (10pm - 8am). Most new officers - once off probation - will be assigned to either Afternoons or Nights as assignments are based on seniority within the organization. Average three-day weekends for officers newly off probation are either Monday - Wednesday or Tuesday - Thursday.

 

Health Insurance

95% of medical, dental and vision coverage after 30 days of employment.

There are several health coverage choices available including Kaiser Permanente, CitySelect and ODS. For details see the 2013-2014 Portland Police Association Benefits Handbook.

 

Life Insurance

 

Basic Life: $50,000 (City pays entire cost)

Supplemental Life: Up to $500,000 can be purchased by member at competitive group rates.

Spouse or Domestic Partner: Up to $300,000 can be purchased by member at competitive group rates.

Dependant Life: Up to $25,000 can be purchased by member at competitive group rates.

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Retirement Plan Options

The retirement program with the City of Portland provides for three potential sources of income for an employee in retirement. If you are currently a member of the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) or either teir of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) please visit the OPSRP website for details and transferring of credit, etc.

Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) (see OPSRP website for full details)

1.8 % x years of employment x final average salary. Normal retirement age for police members is age 60, or age 53 with 25 years of service.

Benefit Calculation Example:
Final average officer salary: $76,398 (with longevity pay)
Years of Service: 25 years
25 (years) x 1.8 percent = 45 percent
45 percent of $6,621 (final average monthly salary) = $2,980 monthly pension income

  • Officers do not pay into Social Security (approximately 7% of wages).

 

Individual Account Program (IAP)- part of OPSRP

The IAP is the second part of our retirement plan. The City will pay the equivalent of 6% of your base salary into your IAP account on your behalf.

Your account is credited with earnings (or losses) annually based on investment returns. Your IAP dollars are invested as part of PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) Fund and is managed by the Oregon State Treasury under the direction of the Oregon Investment Council. The IAP is estimated to pay approximately 15-20 percent of your final average salary (for a 30-year career) based on an 8 percent investment return each year. NOTE: Investment returns are not guaranteed.

At retirement, you can receive your IAP dollars in a lump-sum payment or in equal installments over 5, 10, 15, or 20 years, or over your expected lifetime.

 

Deferred Compensation Plans

The third possible source of income is the City of Portland’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan which is a voluntary Plan to help individual members save for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. All amounts of compensation deferred under this Plan are held in trust, in annuity contracts or in custodial accounts with either Advantis Credit Union or ING Life Insurance and Annuity Company. Investment returns are not guaranteed.

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Additional Benefits

 

In addition to the wide range of career paths, competitive salary, health care benefits, life insurance, various incentive pay programs, and pension plan, there are additional personal benefits to becoming a police officer in Portland, Oregon:

 

Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program entitled the Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) allows police, fire fighters, teachers and EMTs to purchase single-family homes in revitalization areas at a 50% discount from the HUD appraised home value. For instance, if HUD lists a home at $100,000, you can buy it for $50,000 provided you occupy the home as your personal residence for at least three years. If you qualify for any FHA-insured mortgage program, your down-payment is only $100 and you may finance closing costs. After living in the GNND home 3 years, you can sell the home and keep any equity and/or appreciation. Or continue to live in the home with a very small mortgage payment. Or refinance and take money out for other purposes. See the HUD website for more details.

 

Travel and Relocation Expense Reimbursement for Out-of-State Applicants

Click here for details.

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What's Next: Qualities of Successful Candidates