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Portland Police launches local hiring campaign

March 09, 2005 00:00


Portland Police Bureau launches local hiring campaign

The Portland Police Bureau is taking to the streets of the Portland metro area not only to protect and to serve, but to hire 70 police officers.

“We’re concentrating our efforts on diversity and hiring from the local area,” Police Chief Derrick Foxworth said. “If you have ever wanted to become a police officer, or wondered what it would be like, now is the opportunity to do something about it.”

The theme for the local recruitment campaign is: “For every Portland police officer, there is a story. Join us and write the next chapter.”

Twelve volunteer officers from various backgrounds, ethnicities and ranks will write their chapters of what it’s like to be a Portland police officer and share them with the public through posters, brochures, fliers and advertisements. Chief Foxworth is among those volunteers.

The Bureau has assigned Officer Larry Anderson as the recruitment officer who will focus on recruiting minorities and women. “We’re looking to Officer Anderson to come up with the best and the brightest that the Portland metro area has to offer,” Chief Foxworth said.

The Bureau’s website at has been expanded to assist potential candidates in the testing process. The website includes: qualification information; a guide to the written test; test dates; test-preparation workshop information and sign-up; details about the physical ability test; and how the police officer selection process works.

Target audiences in this drive include police officers serving in other jurisdictions, college graduates, government employees, ex-military, and those in the service or helping professions.

For more information about the next testing date for entry and lateral police officers, please call Recruiting Officer Larry Anderson at 503-823-0473.


On March 9, 2005, the Portland Police Bureau issued a release detailing the kickoff of its recruitment program, “For every Portland Police Officer there is a story. Join us and write the next chapter.” The purpose of the announcement is to inform the public of the Portland Police Bureau’s recruitment efforts, which include:

1. Designating Officer Larry Anderson, a 25-year-veteran, to serve as the Police Bureau’s minority recruiter. Officer Anderson will focus on recruiting women and minorities from the local area by visiting college campuses, churches, and neighborhood associations.

2. Enhancing the Police Bureau’s Website to allow potential recruits the opportunity to explore a potential career with the Portland Police Bureau.

3. Designing brochures and recruitment materials highlighting the careers of twelve current Portland Police Officers of various background, ethnicity’s, and ranks who have volunteered to shares the reasons and rewards of becoming a member of the Portland Police Bureau. Their stories and pictures will appear on posters, brochures, fliers, and advertisements.

The hiring forecast in the original release was based on existing vacancies and projected retirements over the next eighteen months. The forecast does not include any additional Police Officer positions above the current authorized staffing levels. During the next eighteen months, ninety-six police officers become eligible for retirement. Based on historical averages, the Police Bureau anticipates thirty-five to forty-five of the eligible officers to retire during that time.

For more information about the next testing date for entry and lateral police officers, please call Recruiting Officer Larry Anderson at (503) 823-0473.



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