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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

Out-of-State Applicants

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As of January 2016, we do not have any set plans to travel out-of-state to recruit. Please continue to watch the website and Facebook for test updates. We strongly encourage out-of-state applicants to test at a NTN test site near you.


Traveling to Portland to Test

In addition to our out-of-state recruitments we invite qualified applicants to take the NTN written test and submit scores to the Portland Police Bureau. Generally, candidates will need to travel to Portland twice during the hiring process.  

The first trip will include the oral interview, CPI & PHQ, and physical abilities test (PAT).  Several months later, after receiving a Conditional Offer of Hire, applicants will return to Portland and take the Psychological and Medical Exams (Phases 5 and 6). 

We have a travel assistance and moving expense reimbursement program available for qualifying candidates who live more than 100 miles away from Portland.


Initial testing and interview schedule:

Phase 1: Applicant takes the NTN written test and submits scores to the Portland Police Bureau.

Phase 2:  Monday - Thursday: Oral Interview *Statement of Personal History (SPH) and Required Documents are due at the time of the Oral Interview

Phase 2.5: Friday - PHQ (Personal History Questionnaire) and CPI (California Psychological Inventory)

Phase 3:; Saturday - Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

* We do our best to schedule all out-of-town interviews for late in the week (preferably Thursday), however, on rare occasions a large number of out-of-town applicants may require some interviews to be held earlier.


Travel Assistance and Relocation Expense Reimbursement

This assistance is available to applicants who live more than 100 miles away from Portland.

After a candidate receives a Conditional Offer of Hire, the Bureau may pay for reasonable travel expenses to Portland to take the Psychological and Medical tests. If the candidate is hired, this assistance will reduce the amount available later for relocation reimbursement. If the applicant is NOT hired, or is hired but elects not to live in Portland, this travel assistance need not be repaid.

Once hired, new officers are eligible for up to $2,500 (less previous travel assistance) in relocation expense reimbursement from the City of Portland if:

1.)  the new officer moves to a residence within the Portland city limits and

2.) is able to provide receipts for all expenses.

Out-of-state applicants will receive detailed information and the paperwork needed for travel assistance and relocation expense reimbursements from their assigned background investigator later in the process.


General Information and Resources for Relocating to Portland

You can find additional information on moving to Portland by using the links for our various visitor and business associations. 

Portland Business Alliance is an association of local businesses that works closely with city government for continuous development. Their website is a great resource for information on relocation and for possible career options if a partner will also be relocating.  

Travel Portland is the official website for Portland's visitor association

Portland is also home to multiple Chambers of Commerce where applicants may find information of particular interest during relocation planning: