Lateral Patrol Officer

Scappoose Police Department - Scappoose, Oregon

Jun 10, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Jul 12, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$26.22 hourly
Top Pay:
$$33.46 hourly

Job Description

Essential competencies of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change at any time. The omission of specific statements of duties, does not exclude them from the position, if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and may be changed by the employer at any time.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, providing that an accommodation(s) does not create an undue hardship for the employer, remove an essential job function, and/or, create a direct safety threat to the individual, or others.


As a certified police officer, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work including discovery, investigation, report preparation and patrol to enforce federal, state, and local laws. Oversee police program areas, which may require additional specialized training.


Unless specifically identified as a “Non-Essential Job Function”, the information included in this job description, and any referenced supplemental documents, is considered an “Essential Job Function”. Temporary modifications to provide reasonable accommodations, or transitional work assignments, do not waive any of the essential functions for this position.

Additional Information

Joining the Scappoose Police Department will give you the opportunity to be part of a professional law enforcement agency that serves a city of more than 7,300 residents. We are a progressive, innovative community-based department who acknowledges our most valued asset is the men and women who work at the Scappoose Police Department.

As a member of the Scappoose Police Department, you will have the opportunity to:

Have a rewarding career with competitive pay and benefits Work in a fast-paced environment with varied work including promotional and special team opportunities Benefit from excellent training opportunities

If you have the qualities of teamwork, integrity, and excellence, then we encourage you to join our department.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a complete application that includes all of the following items:

· A complete online application

o Attached formal Cover Letter (required)

o Attached formal Resume (required)

Applicants must provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran's preference.

Submission deadline is July 12, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. PST.

Hiring Process Phases: The Scappoose Police Department selection includes the following components:

  1. Review of completed applications (see requirements above) 2. Oral Board Interview 3. Chief's Interview 4. Successful completion of a background investigation, psychological testing and a full physical prior to receiving an official offer of employment.

Upon completion of each hiring process phase, applicants will be notified of his/her status via email.

To be considered a lateral applicate you must meet the following minimum qualifications in addition to requirements listed under Education, Certification and Experience on page 10:

· Have completed a state certified police academy

· Passed a probationary period of not less than two (2) years with a law enforcement agency as a full-time sworn officer.

· Must possess a DPPST Basic Police Certificate.

· Have been employed as a full-time sworn officer within the five (5) year period to appointment to this position.


Lateral Wages and Benefits: Below is a wage scale matrix used by the Scappoose Police Department as a guide - it does not guarantee a specific rate of pay. Factors considered in a lateral applicant's entry wage is based on time of Police experience only. "Police Experience" refers to municipal, county and state police agencies. Corrections, reserve officer, security officer, and federal officer experience does not fulfill our requirement for certified police experience needed as a lateral applicant.

Police Officers may also earn up to an additional 13% premium pay (depending on qualifications). Pay listed is for regular hours worked. Police Officers also have opportunities to work overtime assignments which can further increase pay.

Signing Bonus: A signing bonus made up of the following elements will be offered to successful lateral candidates:

Example Amount: $10,000 - $2,000 upon hire, $2,000 upon completion of probation, $3,000 upon completion of 3 full years and $3,000 upon completion of 5 full years.

Sick Leave Bank: 40 hours

Vacation Leave: 40 hours

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma
  • Experience: DPSST’s Basic Police certification at the time of hire

Must be US Citizen at time of hire.

Possess and maintain a valid Oregon license to operate a motor vehicle with acceptable driving record.

Must be able to successfully complete substance abuse test, psychological test, and medical exam. With or without reasonable accommodation.

Advanced knowledge of police practices and procedures, investigative methods and techniques, federal, state, and local laws, report writing, firearm use and safety precautions.

Previous college-level training or experience in law enforcement. Knowledge of the community and surrounding areas. Previous training related to police equipment or operations, e.g., first aid, CPR, hazardous materials, firearms training, LEDS General level certification, RegJIN, etc.

Contact Information

Timmi Sue Hald

Scappoose Police Department
33568 E Columbia Ave
Scappoose, Oregon 97056-3423
phone: 503-543-3114

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