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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

Minimum Requirements & Disqualifiers

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Below are base requirements for application. The process is highly competitive, only the most qualified are selected.

Please visit the "Qualities of Successful Candidates" for details. 


At time of testing, you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age and

  • possess a high school diploma or GED



Plus at least ONE of the following:

By time of hire, possess:

  • COLLEGE CREDIT: An Associate Degree or at least 60-semester or 90-quarter hours from an accredited college or university. (Courses must be 100 level or above), ~OR~
  • POLICE CERTIFICATION: Another state's current police officer standards and training certificate, accepted by Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).


By time of testing, have completed:


    • Two years of continuous service exercising police powers at a local, state or federal law enforcement agency , ~OR~

    • Two years of continuous service working in a law enforcement agency within Oregon (including 911-dispatchers and other administrative support positions), ~OR~

    • MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Two years of active duty or four years reserve U.S. military service under honorable conditions, ~OR~

  • POLICE RESERVE OFFICER EXPERIENCE: Two years of service as a reserve police officer (after training and with at least of 500 hours of service rendered),  


Plus 3 years of current police service described below:


At least three 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 before the Portland Police hire date.

NOTE: Federal law enforcement, U.S. Military police, reserve experience, security experience, etc. do not qualify a candidate for lateral applicant status.

Lateral officers with a state certification recognized by Oregon do not have to attend the DPSST Basic Academy. However, lateral officers will attend a two-week Career Officer Development class and the 16-week Advanced Academy - both trainings are 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 state certifications recognized by DPSST and to answer any other specific certification questions, please contact DPSST directly at



Disqualifiers and Eliminating Factors for becoming a police officer in Oregon


 ***The below list is not all-inclusive, it is meant as a guide.***


You are not likely to be hired as a Portland Community Police Officer if:

  • Traffic record, police contacts, accident report, and credit report show a continuing or recent pattern of poor decision making.
  • Personal life shows a history of poor judgment or refusal to confront problems.
  • Personal/Professional life shows a lack of experience with people from racial backgrounds different from your own. 
  • Recently or currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring laws.
  • Provided controlled substances to others, or have been involved in long-term criminal activity.
  • Work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, or discharge.
  • Life activities (work, volunteer, hobbies) show little or no interest in serving the public or others.
  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty or character.
  • Have body art above collarbone or below wrists, except for reasonable cosmetic purposes. Body art includes, but not limited to, branding, scarifications and tattoos.


According to State & Federal Law - You cannot be a police officer in Oregon if:

  • You cannot obtain a valid driver's license in your state of residence.
  • You will not be a U.S. citizen within one year of being hired. NOTE: Citizenship application requires 5 years of residency.
  • You have been convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (D.U.I.I.) within the past 3 years or have 2 or more D.U.I.I. convictions. A diversion or similar action is considered the same as a conviction.
  • You have been convicted of Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude, Hit and Run (Failure to perform the duties of a driver....), or Felony Driving While Suspended or Revoked within the last two years. DPSST has a 10-year look back period for which they review convictions to evaluate if a candidate will be approved for state police certification.
  • You have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Assault.
  • You have been convicted of a felony.
  • You have been convicted of any crime involving controlled substances.
  • You have a dishonorable discharge from the armed services.


Oregon will not certify as a police officer anyone who has been convicted of:


For complete details of disqualifiers to receive state certification as law enforcement - please visit the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) website for the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) #259-008-0070 Denial/Revocation.


  • ORS 162.065, Perjury
  • ORS 162.075, False Swearing
  • ORS 162.085, Unsworn Falsification
  • ORS 163.408, Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object II
  • ORS 163.411, Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object I
  • ORS 163.435, Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor
  • ORS 163.445, Sexual Misconduct
  • ORS 163.575, Endangering Welfare of Minor
  • ORS 163.670, Use Child in Display Sexually Explicit Material
  • ORS 163.684, Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I
  • ORS 163.686, Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II
  • ORS 167.065, Furnishing Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 167.070, Sending Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 167.075, Exhibiting Obscene Performance to a Minor
  • ORS 167.080, Displaying Obscene Materials to Minors
  • ORS 162.335, Rape III
  • ORS 162.365, Rape II
  • ORS 163.375, Rape I
  • ORS 163.385, Sodomy III
  • ORS 163.395, Sodomy II
  • ORS 163.405, Sodomy I
  • ORS 163.415, Sex Abuse III
  • ORS 163.425, Sex Abuse II
  • ORS 163.427, Sex Abuse I
  • ORS 163.515, Bigamy
  • ORS 163.525, Incest
  • ORS 167.007, Prostitution
  • ORS 167.017, Compelling Prostitution
  • ORS 167.012, Promoting Prostitution
  • ORS 163.465, Public Indecency