Portland Police Bureau – Qualifications, Recruitment Process Information 2016

Entry-Level Police Officer Qualifications: Possess a High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of one of the following:
• Possess, or will possess by the time of hire, either an Associate Degree or 60-semester or 90-quarter hours from an accredited college or university. Courses must be 100 level or above, OR
• 2 years of active-duty or 4 years reserve U.S. Military service under honorable conditions, OR
• 2 years of continuous service working in law enforcement agencies (including 911-dispatchers) within the State of Oregon, OR
• 2 years of continuous service working for a law enforcement agency exercising police powers, OR
• 2 years of service as a reserve police officer (after initial training and with a minimum of 500 hours of service rendered), OR
• 2 years of service or a minimum of 500 hours of service after initial training as a Portland Police Bureau Police Officer, OR
• 2 years of service as a Portland police cadet (after initial training, minimum of 500 hours of service, and meeting the minimum age requirement of 21 years by the end of the allotted testing date for this recruitment, September 21, 2015).
• Lateral Police Officer Qualifications: Possess a High School Diploma or GED and have three (3) years of continuous service in another police agency as a sworn police officer for a recognized state, county or city (municipal) agency and must have been employed there within the last six (6) months. Note: Military Police does not count as a Lateral Police Officer.

POST-Certified Police Officer Qualifications (Police Officer Standards and Training): Possess a POST Certificate, or will possess a POST Certificate by the time of hire, which is accepted by the State of Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Note: Peace Officer Standards & Training graduates are eligible for a 16-week Basic Training Waiver pending determination by DPSST.

Additionally, all applicants must meet each of the following conditions:
• Must be at least 21 years of age by September 21, 2015, which is the end of the allotted testing dates for this recruitment.
• Within one (1) year of employment, must be a U.S. citizen. (Application for U.S. citizenship requires 5 years of residency.)
• At time of application, possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license and have no excessive traffic violations.
• Have no conviction of a crime, for which punishment would have been a felony in any jurisdiction or a crime involving domestic violence. (Applicants with lesser criminal records will be evaluated on an individual basis.)
• Have no dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.
• At time of appointment, members will not expose any offensive forms of body art while on duty. (Offensive forms of body art include images which are sexually explicit, racially and or sexually biased or could be viewed as discriminatory in nature.) Visible Body Art on the face, neck and below the wrist are prohibited except for reasonable cosmetic purposes. (Body art is defined as procedures used to alter the body’s appearance including, but not limited to branding, scarification and tattoos.)
• Have vision correctable to 20/30. (If worse than 20/100, you must wear soft contact lenses to meet the 20/30 requirement.)

The Recruitment Process:
The recruitment process will consist of the following phases:
(Additional Information and all the required forms including the Statement of Personal History can be located at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420445 )

Supplemental Questionnaire:
• The online application process will include a pass / fail evaluation of a supplemental questionnaire.
• Applicants must pass the supplemental questionnaire to be invited to the written test.
• Applicants who are disqualified from the supplemental questionnaire will not be able to reapply for a period of 90 days.

Phase I: Written Test Pass/Fail (The Portland Police Bureau is using a NEW Police Test and a new testing process for this recruitment. It is important to follow all of the directions.)
• Qualifying applicants passing the supplemental questionnaire will receive an invitation via email inviting them to participate in the written test phase.
• Applicants will be directed to the National Testing Network to complete the written test; only invited applicants tests scores will be accepted.
• Applicants are required to take the Frontline Written Exam with the National Testing Network (NTN). It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule the required exams with the NTN at https://www.NationalTestingNetwork.com.
• There are three (3) components to the FrontLine National examination: a video-based human relations test, a reading ability test, and a written language ability test. Testing takes approximately 2 1/2 hours. Upon receipt of test scores from NTN, the City of Portland will notify candidates of their pass/fail status on this test component.
• Please note that the NTN website provides a description of the test components and directions for scheduling a test for the Portland Police Bureau. The website offers a practice test for purchase with sample items.
• Once at the NTN website, the applicant will need to create an account with NTN. If assistance is needed in registering, the NTN Support phone number is 866-563-3882 and support site is https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/contact.cfm.
• You must elect to have your scores sent to the City of Portland, Portland Police Bureau through NTN.
• If you have already tested in the last 12 months, please contact NTN and request your test scores be forwarded to the Portland Police Bureau; if you have any questions you can e-mail PPBRecruiter@PortlandOregon.gov or speak to the Police Recruitment Coordinator at 503-823-0333 , to coordinate the transmittal of your score.
• There is a $49.00 fee associated with the testing. If this fee discourages the applicant from taking this test, a Scholarship to waive this fee is available for applicants to the Portland Police Bureau. This waiver is specific to Portland Police Bureau and your test results will only be valid for the Portland Police Bureau, the form can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/523095
• A photo ID will be required for admittance to the written test.
• Testing must be completed by the end of the day January 30, 2016. Testing dates can fill up quickly; it is suggested that applicants schedule as soon as possible.

Applicants successfully passing both the supplemental questionnaire review and the written test will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. Persons on the eligible list will then be scheduled for the remaining phases based on the hiring needs of the Police Bureau.

Phase II: Pass / Fail Oral Interview and Personal History Questionnaire/ California Psychological Inventory Test
• Applicants who successfully pass Phase I of the testing process will be scheduled for an oral board interview. Due to the expected number of applicants the oral board interviews will be conducted in two (2) sessions.
• Applicants will be notified via e-mail to confirm dates and times of their interviews. Interviews will be conducted at the Portland Police Bureau, 1111 SW 2nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97204.
The Statement of Personal History (SPH) and Required Documents will be due at the date and time of your oral interview. You can obtain these documents at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420445 . Please be aware that applicants will have limited notice of their oral interview date and time, so they will need to plan accordingly. It is recommended that applicants prepare in advance and begin the SPH in anticipation of the oral interview.

• Applicants who pass the Oral Board Interviews will be asked to complete a Personal History Questionnaires (PHQ), which include a personality assessment and a measure of general reasoning ability using the California Psychological Inventory Test (CPI).

Note: Applicants are eligible to re-test in six (6) months should they fail Phase I, Written Test. Applicants are eligible to apply for the next recruitment, should they fail Phase II (Oral Interview). Failure in one of the remaining phases will result in elimination from further participation in the selection process. To ensure and protect confidentiality, applicants will be required to sign a statement waiving any right to review the information obtained in Phases II, III, and IV.

Phase III: Pass / Fail Physical Ability Test

• Applicants who successfully pass Phase I and II of the testing process must also successfully complete a Portland Police Bureau Physical Ability Test (PAT) or an Oregon Physical Ability Test (OR-PAT) before the completion of the Background Investigation. The Portland Police Bureau will be conducting on-going Physical Ability Tests free of charge. A video demonstrating the PAT, and the test dates, times, and locations will be updated and posted on http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/420445 . PAT and OR-PAT scores are good for one (1) year from the test date.
• Portland Police PATs are scheduled monthly at are administered at the Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Physical Education Building, 705 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, Oregon 97217. Priority for these tests will be given to Out of State applicants and applicants currently in the background process.
• The applicant must complete either the Portland Police Bureau PAT, or the Oregon Physical Ability Test (OR-PAT) with the National Testing Network (NTN). One of the physical fitness exams is required. The ORPAT can be scheduled with the www.NationalTestingNetwork.com. There is an $85.00 fee assessed with the National Testing Network OR-PAT.
• You must pass the PAT or OR-ORPAT before completing Phase IV, Background, failure to do so will result in elimination from further participation in the selection process. You may take the PAT or OR-PAT multiple times until a passing time is achieved, however this must be completed before completing Phase IV.

Phase IV: In-depth Background Investigation
• Administered by the Portland Police Bureau.
Phase V: Qualifying Psychological Evaluation
• To determine the applicant’s personal suitability to do police work.
Phase VI: Qualifying Medical Evaluation
• To determine the candidate’s physical capability to do police work.
Note: Applicants must pass all phases of the examination process to be considered for a Community Police Officer position.

Applying for the Portland Police Bureau is a highly competitive process.  For information on qualities of successful candidates please refer to our website to prepare for the application process : http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/436853

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