Police Officer
City of Salem, Oregon - Salem, OR

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Seeking exceptional candidates with or without prior law enforcement experience who have the ability to enforce the law while maintaining positive interactions between the community and the police to effectively protect individual rights and promote an enhanced quality of life.

Salem is a multi-cultural community located in the scenic Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. Outdoor and cultural activities are abundant here. Salem offers continuing education opportunities through Chemeketa Community College, Willamette University, Tokyo International University, Corban College, and nearby Western Oregon University.


The Salem Police Department is a full service professional police agency offering many opportunities for career development and advancement.

Salem strives to employ police officers who meet the highest standards. Salem Police Officers must demonstrate moral and ethical behavior in all their actions in the fair administration of the law. Officers must interface with the community in order to meet community needs and carry out the responsibilities they have been entrusted with by the public. Officers must communicate effectively, identify problems, and have the desire to implement long-term solutions to problems.

Police Officers must demonstrate the ability to make proper decisions, exercise sound judgment in assessing human behavior, handle emergency situations, resolve problems without bias, enforce laws, issue citations or warnings to violators, direct traffic, investigate crash and crime scenes, preserve evidence, interview suspects, witnesses, victims,and provide credible court testimony.


In our individual conduct, personal relationships, and professional responsibilities, we value:

Human Life - The protection of human life is our highest priority.
Ethics - We will demonstrate integrity and honor in all our actions.
Crime Fighting - We will encourage innovation as we work in partnership with the community to aggressively address neighborhood crime problems.
Valuing People - We will treat each other with dignity and respect, protecting the rights and well-being of all individuals.
Loyalty - We will be loyal to the community, to the department and its members, and to the standards of our profession.
Open Communication - We will listen to one another's opinions and concerns.
Fairness - Our decisions will be based on common sense, and will be balanced, moral, legal, and without personal favoritism.
Diversity - We appreciate one another's differences, and recognize that our unique skills, knowledge, abilities and backgrounds bring strength and understanding to our organization.
Public Safety - We will strive to enable our citizens to be safer and less likely to be victimized by crime through communication, education, and encouraging voluntary compliance to all laws.

Additional pay incentives for:

Combination of DPSST Certification levels, training and college education = 2 - 10%

Bilingual Language skills in: Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Lowland Lao, Cambodian, Highland Lao (Mien), Hmong, or certification in American Sign Language or Signed English = 5%

Special Assignment: Field Training Officer, SWAT, Motorcycle Officer and Bomb Squad = Varied

  • Be at least 21 years old or older,
  • Be a US Citizen,
  • Be a High School Graduate or have completed a G.E.D.,
  • Possess and maintain a valid class "C" driver¬ís license.
  • Participate in competitive testing including physical fitness testing, reading comprehension, writing skills, written, physical/vision, hearing and psychological examinations, and be able to pass strict Police Department Background Investigation and drug testing.
Oregon's minimum standards to work as a law enforcement officer and background disqualifiers can be found in OAR 259-008-0010-0070 .

SELECTION PLAN If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire by the closing date of this announcement. The application materials will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best-qualified candidates will be invited for an interview and performance test.

The selection procedures for this examination include the following components:

1. An informational session and interview workshop will be scheduled after the position posting closes. You will be notified of the actual date and time via email.

2. A physical abilities and written examination is tentatively scheduled for the end of June .

Qualified applicants who are bilingual in English/Spanish or American Sign Language are encouraged to apply.

CONCLUSION TO APPLY : Please complete the on-line Application and submit electronically by the close date at www.cityofsalem.net/Jobs. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request. TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.