Police Officer (Entry Level or Lateral)

Astoria Police Department - Astoria, Oregon

Sep 15, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Oct 15, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$Entry Level or Lateral annual

Job Description


This position is responsible for the protection of life and property and provides law enforcement services to the community. These services include, at a minimum: Preventing crime by explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; mediating disputes; patrolling assigned area; responding to disturbances; conducting searches; observing suspicious activities; providing first aid to individuals involved in a traffic accident or injured in a domestic dispute; issuing citations; performing routine crime investigations; providing public education and safety; detaining suspects and testifying in court cases. The police officer role is responsible for complex, difficult and volatile situations. This position is subject to call-back 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Work is generally performed under the supervision of a police sergeant. A police officer may act as supervisor in the absence of a sergeant.


  • Proactively patrols assigned areas in a business district and/or residential streets for the prevention and detection of crime, the enforcement of laws with a regular officer or alone as determined by the Chief of Police. Patrol may be on foot, bicycle, or in a motorized vehicle.
  • Responds to radio dispatches and citizen reports of major and minor crime, family disputes and civil complaints and evaluates the incident and takes the appropriate action to mitigate the situation.
  • Conducts investigations of criminal activity and traffic crashes; interviews victims, suspects, witnesses and others to determine relevant facts and validity of statements and alibis.
  • Generates and maintains records and reports of work activity including the description of incidents and their processing or disposition.
  • Attends judicial proceedings, presents evidence and provides credible testimony.
  • Makes arrests, serves criminal warrants, court orders and subpoenas, transports, books and searches prisoners.
  • Assists motorists with disabled vehicles, calls tow trucks and supplies information and directions to the public.
  • Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
  • Makes building security checks and provides advice/literature on crime prevention measures to business owners and residents.
  • Advises dispatch center of traffic hazards and damaged or abandoned vehicles.
  • Provides traffic control and security as assigned.
  • May orient and train new Police Officers and Reserves; may act in lead capacity during field operations.
  • Conducts special investigations and projects as assigned.
  • In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; practicing skills.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers/public and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from a police sergeant.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by practicing use; completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; notifying supervisor of needed repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Maintains operations by following department policies and procedures and recommending changes
  • Performs other duties as assigned or directed.

Additional Information


Come live, work and play in an area rich with history, heritage and natural resources. Located about 90 miles west of Portland, the City of Astoria was founded in 1811 and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Anchored where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, the unparalleled natural beauty of the town and surrounding area draw tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Visitors and residents enjoy access to the 6.4 mile Astoria Riverwalk which takes you along a paved journey through industrial, urban and natural environments. Occasionally you can catch a glimpse of the River Pilots climbing up the side of a cargo ship to navigate it down river. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the close proximity to hiking trails, biking trails, beaches and mountains. In addition to Astoria's offerings, we are a short drive away from coastal recreation destinations such as Long Beach, WA and Seaside, OR.

The surrounding area is also known for its excellent selection of local breweries, eateries and shops. Pop culture fans will instantly recognize Astoria for its role in numerous movies including The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and Short Circuit.


Astoria Police Department has a long and rich history serving the community since 1876. Our men and women are a professional representation of the honorable profession that is policing. You will find them in your community, at the grocery store, the soccer field and the rotary meeting. They are involved in many different ways with their community. They don't practice "community policing" they live it. Our Motto is Dedicated to Duty Committed to community.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Education: Associate Degree or any equivalent combination of experience & training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, & abilities to perform the above described duties.
  • Experience: https://astoria.applicantpool.com/jobs/648926.html


Contact Information

Ashley Houston

Astoria Police Department
555 30th St
Astoria, Oregon 97103-2899
phone: 503-298-2434

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