This is just a few notes on the hiring process. As it should be, it is a very long haul to become a police officer. Because of the high level of power, authority, and responsibility that comes with being a police officer, the process for selecting those who will serve the citizens of Oregon is very long an tedious. So here it is. The road to becoming an Oregon Police Officer:
I. Age: The first requirement you must meet is the age. You must be 21 years old by the time you graduate from the police academy.
Sec. 10-2.1-6. Examination of applicants; disqualifications.
(a) All applicants for a position in either the fire or police department of the municipality shall be under 35 years of age, shall be subject to an examination that shall be public, competitive, and open to all applicants (unless the council or board of trustees by ordinance limit applicants to electors of the municipality, county, state or nation) and shall be subject to reasonable limitations as to residence, health, habits, and moral character. The municipality may not charge or collect any fee from an applicant who has met all pre-qualification standards established by the municipality for any such position. With respect to a police department, a veteran shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision of this Section by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty.
II. Education. Presently we only require a high school diploma, or GED. Your grades and transcripts will be reviewed during the application process.
III. Application: Your application must be completed correctly, without error or falsehoods. If we find any false statements in you application you will be eliminated from the process.
IV. Physical Test. You will then take the Power Test which is described in detail on another web page. Described above.
V. Written Test. You will take a written test which will test your reading comprehension abilities and some basic math skill.
VI. Oral Interview. You will be interviewed by a board made up of several members of our agency. You will be scored on appearance, communication skills, and other qualities.
VII. Background Investigation: Our investigators will complete a thorough background investigation. They are looking for positive and negative information about you. That information will be reviewed and an determination will be made if you will be considered for the eligibility list.
VIII. Eligibility List: You will be ranked in Order of Consideration for hiring based on everything listed above.
IX. Psychological Exam: You will be sent for an extensive psychological exam given by a qualified psychologist who is experienced in the selection of police officers.
X. Medical Exam: You may be required to complete a full medical examination including a drug test.
XI. Polygraph Examination: You may be required to complete a polygraph examination before appointment to the Oregon Police Department.
If you make it past each of these areas and are offered employment you will attend the Police Academy which is 14 weeks long. After that you will return to the police department and will enter the Field Training Program where you are taught and evaluated by experienced police officers. (ie. on the job training.)
I hope this helps inform you about the process of becoming a police officer for the City of Oregon.