Police Officer- Entry Level
City of Gresham, OR - Gresham, OR

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The City of Gresham is accepting applications for the position of Entry Level Police Officer. This is an open recruitment that will be used to create an eligibility list for future vacancies. Candidates that successfully pass the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for one year.

All communication to applicants will be by e-mail. Please check your e-mail on at least a weekly basis.


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.

Qualities needed to perform the duties of a Police Officer include the ability to :
  • Apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement.
  • Use firearms and other police-related tools in a skillful and safe manner.
  • 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.
  • Physically perform the essential functions of the position.


Minimum qualifications required for this position:
  • High School diploma or G.E.D
  • 21 years of age by date of hire
  • No felony criminal record
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid driver's license by date of hire
  • Good driving record
  • Ability to pass a psychological pre-assessment suitability screening
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation
  • Ability to pass a psychological evaluation, medical examination and drug screen
  • Ability to complete the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy
The ideal candidate has 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.
  • Continued higher education.
  • An additional language other than English (Bilingual)
Selection Process:

The selection process includes the following steps. In order to move forward to the next phase of the selection process candidates must successfully pass each step. All communication to applicants will be by e-mail. Please check your e-mail on a regular basis.

Note to applicants that have previously applied with the City of Gresham Police Department:

Previous applicants are not eligible to apply for this process if:
An applicant was eliminated during the psychological pre-suitability assessment phase within the last 12 months, or
An applicant was eliminated during the background phase within the last 36 months.

If an applicant was eliminated during any other step of the selection process (e.g., written exam, PAT, oral board), there are no restrictions for reapplying.

1. Application
All candidates must complete a City of Gresham online application. An attached cover letter stating your interest in working for the City of Gresham Police Department is required. You can apply by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of this positing. Faxed and emailed resumes, in lieu of an application, will not be accepted or considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

2. Written Exam and Physical Abilities Test
Candidates are required to take the Written Exam and Physical Abilities Test (PAT) with the National Testing Network (NTN).
  • It is the candidate's responsibility to schedule the required written exam and PAT with the NTN at www.NationalTestingNetwork.com .You must elect to have your scores sent to the City of Gresham through NTN.
  • Passing scores on the written and reading exam (70%) and PAT (Pass/Fail) must be received before being considered for an Oral Board interview. Below are the minimum standards for passing the PAT:
    • Push-ups (no time limit): at least 21 repetitions
    • Sit-ups (one minute): at least 30 repetitions
    • 300-meter run: completed in less than 71 seconds
    • 1.5-mile run/walk: completed in less than 14:31
  • NTN test scores are good for one year from the original testing date.
  • We do not accept written test scores or fitness scores from other agencies' processes.
3. Statement of Personal History (SPH)
A link to the SPH document will be provided to those candidates that the City has received passing scores from NTN. A complete SPH must be submitted by the specific time and date requested. Late SPH submissions will not be accepted and will be grounds to remove a candidate from further employment consideration. A preliminary review will be conducted to determine if a candidate is eligible to proceed in the selection process. Candidates can begin to gather information required for the SPH in advance. This information includes:
  • Personal and professional references
  • Contact information for immediate and extended family members
  • Employment history since the age of 16 (including supervisor and co-workers)
  • Information related to military experience
4 . Oral Board Interview
A review of applications, qualifications, test scores will determine who will be invited to an oral board interview. Oral board interview dates will be scheduled periodically. Candidates must receive a passing score on the oral board interview to move into the next phase of the selection process.

5. Pre-suitability Assessment
Those candidates that receive a passing score on the oral board will be required to take a pre-suitability assessment prior to moving forward to the full background step. Candidates will be contacted by Human Resources to schedule a time to take this assessment at City Hall.

6. Background investigation
A preliminary background screening and a review of the results from the previous phases will determine which candidates will move forward into a full background investigation.

What to expect as an applicant:
  • The selection process for an Entry Level Police Officer can take up to 12 months from the date an application is received to the date of hire.
  • Candidates will be notified through the e-mail address provided on their application as to their status in the process.
If a modification of this process is needed in order to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing at time of submitting an application, verbally to Amber Autry at 503-618-2729, or in person to a Human Resources representative.

The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran’s preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Contact HR@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2729 with questions related to this recruitment.

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