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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, Oregon, located in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Visit 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 ongoing neighborhood livability issues, respond to emergency calls for service, encourage traffic safety, and overall reduce crime and the fear of crime. Our 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 as a Community Police Officer with the Portland Police Bureau is:

  • A rewarding career with great pay and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, wellness resources, life insurance, deferred compensation, and retirement 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

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements, a lateral applicant will have completed 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 within 6 months of the time of application. (See Minimum Requirements and Disqualifiers for more details.)

Lateral officers with a qualifying state certification recognized by the State of Oregon do not have to attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Academy. However, lateral officers must attend a two-week Career Officer Development class and the 16-week Portland Police Bureau Advanced Academy. Both trainings are operated by the Portland Police Bureau. Lateral officers are subject to the same 18-month probation and field training program (FTEP) as entry-level officers. 

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

There are many options for career development and growth within the Bureau. In addition to the traditional promotional paths, there are numerous specialty and detached units that allow for specialized training and assignments. For details Career Path Opportunities.

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Lateral Wages & Benefits


Lateral officers may be initially placed at a higher pay step on the wage scale. After successfully completing probation, a lateral officer may receive a higher vacation accrual rate. 

 The wage scale matrix below used by the Bureau of Human Resources as a guide - it does not guarantee a specific rate of pay. Upon approval of the Director of Human Resources, a currently certified law enforcement officer may be appointed up to the three-year step. Initial appointment above the three-year step may be made only with the approval by Ordinance of the City Council.  

"Police Experience" includes 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.

2015-2016 Lateral Officer Wage Guide:

Police Experience

High School Diploma

AA Degree

60 Semester Hrs

90 Quarter Hrs

Undergrad Degree

Graduate Degree

2-3 Years

Step 2:

$28.96 hour/$60,236.80 annual

Step 3:

$30.74 hour/$63,939.20 annual

Step 3:

$30.74 hour/$63,939.20 annual

Step 4:

$32.57 hour/$67,745.60 annual

3-5 Years

Step 2:

$28.96 hour/$60,236.80 annual

Step 3:

$30.74 hour/$63,939.20 annual

Step 4:

$32.57 hour/$67,745.60 annual

Step 5:

$34.59 hour/$71,947.20 annual

5-7 years

Step 3:

$30.74 hour/$63,939.20 annual

Step 4:

$32.57 hour/$67,745.60 annual

Step 5:

$34.59 hour/$71,947.20 annual

Step 6:

$36.55 hour/$76,024 annual

7-10 years

Step 4:

$32.57 hour/$67,745.60 annual

Step 5:

$34.59 hour/$71,947.20 annual

Step 5:

$34.59 hour/$71,947.20 annual

Step 6:

$36.55 hour/$76,024 annual

10+ years

Step 4:

$32.57 hour/$67,745.60 annual

Step 5:

$34.59 hour/$71,947.20 annual

Step 6:

 

Step 6:

$36.55 hour/$76,024 annual

Wages and Benefits - Lateral Officer (PDF) - Under Review; the 2016-2017 wages and benefits will be posted soon.

Differential & Premium Pay:

2% Afternoon Shift differential pay

4% Night Shift differential pay

2% Education premium (holding a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university)

6% Hazard Pay: Officers assigned full-time to the Drug and Vice Division (DVD), Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Explosives Device Unit (EDU), Motorcycles, and the Canine Unit

10% Coach (including Field Training Officer) and On-Call Pay

Overtime is paid at time and one-half.

 

Longevity Pay:

3% at 16 years

5% at 21 years

7% at 26 years

 

Beginning Annual Paid Leave

9 Annual Holidays

4 Personal Days

104 hours Sick Leave

80 hours Vacation Leave

When authorized and upon successful completion of probation, new officers may receive a one-time credit of 40 hours of vacation.

When authorized and upon successful completion of probation, new police officers may be credited for prior professional service by placement at the appropriate step of the vacation accrual table.

Vacation Accrual Schedule:

Total Years of Service Accrual Rate Per Bi-Weekly Pay Period Vacation Rate Per Year
0 to 4 3.08 hours 80 hours
5 to 9 4.62 hours 120 hours
10 to 14 5.38 hours 140 hours
15 to 19 6.15 hours 160 hours
20 to 24 6.92 hours 180 hours
25 or more 7.69 hours 200 hours

 

 

Shift Configurations

Community Police Officers work four consecutive 10-hour shifts each week. The current shift configurations are Days (7am - 5pm), Afternoons (4pm - 2am) and Nights (10pm - 8am). After probation, most new officers will be assigned to either Afternoons or Nights as assignments are based on seniority within the organization. While not guaranteed, weekends for many officers newly off probation are either Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

  

Health Insurance

Permanent full-time officers are eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage the first of the month following thirty days of eligible service. Ninety-five percent of the costs of medical, dental, and vision coverage are paid by the City.

For more information about plans, coverage, and other benefits, visit the 2015-2016 Summary Plan Description for PPA Employees and Retirees

 

Life Insurance

 

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

Supplemental Life: Up to $500,000 can be purchased by member.

Supplemental Life (Spouse or Domestic Partner): Up to $300,000 can be purchased by member.

Supplemental Life (Children): Up to $25,000 can be purchased by member.

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Retirement Plan Options

The Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Pension Program is funded by public employers in Oregon and provides a lifetime pension. It is designed to provide approximately 45% of your final average salary at retirement (for a police member with a 25-year career).

The Individual Account Program (IAP) is a second part of the retirement plan. The City pays 6% of a member's salary into the member's IAP account. The account is credited with earnings (or losses) annually based on investment returns. The IAP is estimated to pay approximately 15-20% of the member's final average salary (for a 30-year career) based on an 8% investment return each year.

For additional information on the OPSRP and IAP programs, visit http://www.oregon.gov/pers/Pages/index.aspx.

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

 

 

Deferred Compensation Plans

The City of Portland’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary plan to help individual members save for retirement on a pre-and post-tax basis. Plans are administered by Voya Financial or Advantis Credit Union. Investment returns are not guaranteed.

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Additional Benefits

 

In addition to career development opportunities, competitive salary, health care benefits, life insurance, incentive pay programs, and retirement plans, there are additional personal benefits to becoming a police officer in Portland, Oregon:

 

Good Neighbor Next Door Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) allows law enforcement officers, fire fighters, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade 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

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What's Next: Qualities of Successful Candidates