Lateral Police Officer
City of Gresham, OR - Gresham, OR

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The City of Gresham is accepting applications for Lateral Police Officers. This is an open and continuous recruitment.

To be considered a lateral applicant you must have:
-completed a state certified police academy,
-passed a probationary period of not less than one (1) year with a law enforcement agency as a sworn officer,
-have been employed as a full-time sworn officer within the five (5) year period prior to appointment to this position.


Gresham Police Officers provide emergency aid, security, and protection of life and property for the citizens of Gresham by patrolling business, rural, and residential areas. They respond to requests for information and assistance, investigate criminal activity, subdue combative suspects, make arrests, work with people to solve problems associated with crime and neighborhood problems, and ensure proper enforcement of laws and regulations.


The ideal candidate has additional knowledge of:
- Federal, state, county, and City laws, regulations, and ordinances.
- Criminal behavior and causes underlying criminality and social, psychological and physical needs of criminals.
- Standard police practices, methods, and procedures.
- Safety standards, procedures, and precautions utilized in police activities.
- Methods of investigation, apprehension, and rules of evidence.
- Basic first aid and CPR procedures.
- The safe and appropriate use of firearms and other police related tools.

Ability to:
- Apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement.
- Skillfully and safely use firearms and other police-related tools.
- Physically handle persons resisting arrest.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Read and comprehend complex laws, ordinances, plans and orders.
- Maintain composure under adverse conditions such as public harassment, critical injuries, and death.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and citizens from a variety of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
- Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to recognize actual and potential dangerous situations, and to determine proper course of action.
- Present evidence in court effectively; skill in observation and remembering details such as names, faces, and incidents.
- Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Minimum Qualifications for this position:
-High School diploma or G.E.D
-Be twenty-one (21) years of age by date of hire
-Have no felony criminal record
-Must be a US Citizen
-Have a good driving record
-Ability to pass pre-suitability assessment screening
-Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation
-Ability to pass a psychological evaluation,medical examination and drug screen

Selection Process:

All candidates must apply online. Faxed and emailed resumes, in lieu of an application, will not be accepted or considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

For Oregon Lateral Police Officer candidates :
Oregon Lateral applicants are not required to take a written test. The City will review applications for minimum qualifications and previous experience to develop a list of best qualified applicants. These applicants will be contacted by Human Resources to schedule an interview.

Out of State Lateral Police Officer candidates :
Out of State applicants must take a written test as required by DPSST. After applying, candidates are responsible for scheduling an appointment with the National Testing Network ( ) to take the required written test.

Out-of-state applicants who complete the online application and meet the minimum requirements may opt to take the written test at the National Testing Network testing center in Salem, Oregon, in conjunction with scheduling a tentative interview date. If you are interested in pursuing this option, contact HR 503-618-2729 or .

If you need an accommodation due to a disability with the testing process, please make your request in writing and submit it with the required application or contact HR at 503-618-2729.

Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veteran's preference in application for City of Gresham positions. If you are a veteran, or disabled veteran, and would like to be considered for a veteran's preference for this position, please attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and copy of Veteran Affairs Department Preference Letter to your application materials.

Please direct all questions related to this recruitment process to or 503-618-2729 .