Police Officer (Lateral)
City of Lake Oswego, OR - Lake Oswego, OR

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The City is seeking qualified men and women who are presently Police Officers to become part of our law enforcement team. The Department has a philosophy of community-oriented policing and empowering officers to deal with problems proactively. As part of their duties, officers are expected to get to know members of the business community and neighborhood residents; patrol assigned areas on foot or in the car; conduct routine and detailed investigations into criminal and civil matters; enforce state and local traffic laws; and demonstrate a service orientation with an understanding of community-oriented policing.

Key Responsibilities:

This is a uniformed, police position responsible for general police duties and the enforcement of laws and ordinances. An employee in this class is under the direct supervision of a shift sergeant and performs law enforcement activities which include, but are not limited to, the protection of life and property; conducts routine and detailed investigations into criminal and civil matters; locates and preserves physical evidence; enforces city and state traffic laws, and issues verbal and written warnings; performs special investigative and undercover assignments when required; writes reports and other documents; makes court appearances and gives testimony; may be assigned to the detective, traffic, crime prevention, or other related units; and may be given assignments as required by the chief of police. Incumbents in this class report to a higher professional police classification, such as sergeant, lieutenant, captain or chief of police. This position is represented by the Lake Oswego Police Officers Association (LOPOA).

Education and Experience Requirements:

To qualify as a lateral officer you must possess a current Basic Police DPSST certification or equivalent out of state certification, must be a U.S. citizen, have no felony conviction, be at least 21 years of age, have as a minimum a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, vision correctable to 20/20, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to successfully complete a thorough background investigation and post-offer psychological and medical examination, including pre-employment drug screen. This position is subject to mandatory participation in electronic funds transfer (EFT) for payment of net wages (i.e., Direct Deposit or PayCard).

Supplemental Information:

Candidates must complete the supplemental questionnaire titled "Pre-Employment Profile" and attach your answers to your online application. You will find the Pre-employment Profile form at the following link.


Please call if you have questions regarding this step. Human Resources (503)635-0220