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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

Preparatory Workshops

To help prepare applicants for a police officer career and the hiring process, the Personnel Division offers workshops and practice physical abilities tests. See descriptions below for topics included and intended audiences. 


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General Career Information Workshop

  • Useful for people who are beginning to think about policing as a career and want to know more about daily duties and experiences of a police officer
  • What an individual can do to prepare themselves for the career.
  • Opportunity to speak with police officers about daily job routines, internal race or gender concerns, likes/dislike about the career.


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Statement of Personal History Workshop

  • Useful for people who have decided they want to become a police officer as a career.
  • Best for those who are still at least a few months away from applying - as the SPH takes time to complete.
  • Explain step-by-step instrcutions for SPH - including format and content.
  • Discuss Required Documents that will accomany the SPH.
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Test and Oral Interview Preparation Workshop

  • Most useful for people who have already applied for a test.
  • Covers step-by-step specifics of the written test
  • Reviews oral interview process so applicant will know what to expect at the Oral Interview
  • Discuss scenario question expectations
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Practice Physical Abilities Test

  • Useful for anyone who is curious about what it will take to pass the physical ability test
  • Most useful at least a few months ahead of test time to allow for more preparation, if necessary.
  • The Personnel Division will not keep any scores - Practice PAT is simply an opportunity to experience the course
  • Physical Abilities Test Guide
  • VIDEO - PAT Demonstration


Date Time Location
Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington Street
Saturday, March 7, 2015 09:00 am - 2:30 pm PCC - Cascade - Gym 600 N. Killingsworth Street
Saturday, March 21, 2015 09:00 am - 2:30 pm PCC - Cascade - Gym  600 N. Killingsworth Street
Saturday, March 28, 2015 09:00 am - 2:30 pm  PCC - Cascade - Gym 600 N. Killingsworth Street