Police Officer (Entry Level)

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2600 Pacific Blvd SW

Updated: April 11, 2024

Accepting Applications for the Position of:

Police Officer – Entry Level

An Equal Opportunity Employer
$34.03 – $42.84 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 03/18/2024

CLOSING DATE: 04/05/2024



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RECRUITMENT & SELECTION TIMELINE:  The screening process will consist of the following:  (Dates to be determined)

City of Albany Application Timeline – Applications will be reviewed as received, and initial virtual interviews will take place weekly or biweekly. Applicants considered for an initial virtual interview will be notified via email.  Visit GovernmentJobs

Written Evaluation:  National Testing Network (NTN)Must be completed and submitted to Albany Police through NTN – Visit:  https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/

Virtual Speed Interview – Five (5) minute interviews. Virtual interviews will be conducted for all invited applicants; no in-person interviews will be provided.
Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT)Obstacle course consisting of jogging, jumping, crawling, climbing stairs, crossing a balance beam 6 inches wide by 15 feet long, manipulating a push and pull station, controlling 80 lbs or weight, and dragging a 165 lb. dummy 25 feet, as required by DPSST in 5 minutes and 30 seconds.  http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/at/pages/orpat.aspx

  • Oral Board Interview: In-person interview with an interview panel.Captain/Chief’s Interview
  • Pre-Employment Background Investigation
  • Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation
  • Pre-Employment Medical Evaluation

NOTE:  Initial preference may be given to current Oregon DPSST certified Police Officer applicants, applicants currently certified as a Police Officer in another state or applicants who have had applicable law enforcement experience in the recent past.  Applications received and those that meet these criteria may be given initial consideration.

Successful candidates who pass the initial virtual interview and who have extensive travel requirements (i.e., out-of-state) may be accommodated with the following:

Trip one: ORPAT testing, oral board interview, Captain’s interview, and pre-employment background interview. Each step must be successfully completed before moving to the next.

Trip two: If successful in each of the steps in the first trip, the applicant may receive a conditional offer of employment and may be scheduled for a psychological and medical evaluation.


1.  City-provided uniforms, duty weapons, equipment, and uniform cleaning for sworn, uniformed personnel.

2.  Annual firearms range membership paid by the City.

3.  Bilingual Pay (Spanish)
3% -Intermediate
5% -Advanced

4.  Education Pay
3% – Associate’s Degree
6% – Bachelor’s Degree

5.  DPSST Certification Pay
4% -Intermediate
8% -Advanced

Benefits include:

Excellent medical, vision, and dental benefits package for the employee and qualified family members with low monthly out-of-pocket costs. Currently, the employee-paid premium is approx. $48/mo. For employee-only coverage, up to a max of $137/month is required for family coverage.

City-paid contribution to a VEBA Trust account for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.  The annual contribution is $1,000 for employee-only and $2,000 for employee-plus dependent(s).

  • Paid time off –5 hours of personal leave per month (12-hour shift employees)
  • 8.5 hours of sick leave per month (12-hour shift employees)
  • 12 hours of holiday pay per month (12-hour shift employees)
  • 8 hours of vacation leave per month, with progressive increases
  • Excellent retirement benefits – City-paid participation in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (OPSRP and IAP)
  • City-paid contribution into pre-tax deferred compensation plan

In addition, other benefits such as education reimbursement, employee assistance programs, basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and childcare expenses.


Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.

The following duties are intended only as Illustrative examples of the various types of work that may be performed by individuals in this classification. Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents and do not include all specific essential functions and responsibilities the incumbent may be expected to perform.

Represents the City of Albany by responding to the public, citizens, its employees, and others promptly, professionally, and courteously while maintaining a positive customer service demeanor. Regard everyone, internal and external, as a customer and deliver the best service possible in a respectful and patient manner.

Works on rotating shifts responding to calls for police services.

Uses independent judgment to decide a course of action to handle difficult and emergency situations without assistance while following policies, procedures, laws, and other regulations.

Maintains availability by radio, MDT, and/or telephone for response while on duty.  Works under conditions of constant audio and video surveillance (e.g.,  Body & Motor Vehicle recordings, Interview Room, telephone recordings, etc.).

Carries out duties in conformance with federal, state, county, and city laws and ordinances.

Patrols all areas within the city limits to preserve the peace and enforce the law. Takes appropriate enforcement action.

Interview suspects, witnesses, victims, and drivers. Preserves evidence. Arrests violators. Investigate and render assistance at the scene of vehicular accidents. Summons ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles. Takes measurements and draws diagrams of accident or crime scenes.

Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes. Seeks out and questions victims, witnesses, and suspects. Develops leads and tips for solving crime. Processes crime scenes for evidence. Analyzes and evaluates evidence and arrests offenders. Prepares cases for trial, including giving testimony.

Prepares and writes a variety of reports and records.

Undertakes community-oriented police work and assists citizens with such matters as public service assistance, crime prevention, traffic safety, etc.

Coordinates activities with department, city, state, and community members as needed, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City and District Attorneys regarding cases as needed and assigned.

Maintains communication with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations, and provide general information about department activities.

Maintains departmental equipment, supplies, and facilities.

Serves as a member of various City committees as assigned.

Assists other staff in the performance of their duties as assigned.

Maintains regular job attendance and adherence to working hours.

Operates a motor vehicle safely and legally.


This is a non-supervisory position. Lead work/coordination of the work of others is not a typical function assigned to this position. Incumbents in this position may provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel.



High school diploma or GED equivalent. Special consideration may be given to a college degree in criminal justice, social science, or a related field.


General knowledge of: modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment. Working knowledge of the following: pertinent city, county, state, and federal laws; geography of the city; and location of important buildings.

Skill in: operation of listed tools and equipment, the use of firearms, and proficient written and oral communications.

Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; perform work requiring good physical condition; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, and supervisors; exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions; react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions; follow verbal and written instructions; meet the special requirements listed below; and learn the city’s geography.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, desirable.


Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment.

Must be a U.S. citizen, obtain U.S. citizenship within 18 months from hire date, or be a nonimmigrant legally admitted to the US under a Compact of Free Association (OAR 259-008-0010).

Must be available to work all shifts, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Must be able to proficiently and effectively read, speak, and write the English language.  Bilingual in English and Spanish, desirable.

Must meet the Department’s physical agility qualifications.

Must possess or obtain a valid Oregon driver’s license and meet the Department’s personal driving record standards prior to assuming duties.

Must pass a thorough background investigation and integrity interview that establishes strong moral character. Any conduct that could compromise the integrity of the employee, other employees, the Department, or the City will be closely evaluated. Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories are not allowed.

Must successfully complete psychological and medical evaluation prior to employment.

Must meet state requirements for certification as a law enforcement officer with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Must be a first responder and have CPR certification within 12 months of employment.

Must successfully pass CJIS security check and complete LEDS Certification requirements within six months of hire.

Must be able to obtain police officer certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within 12 months of employment.

Qualification standards include a requirement that the individual shall not directly threaten the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.

To apply for this job email your details to recruiter@ergometrics.org