GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF
1333 NW EASTMAN PKWY
GRESHAM, OREGON 97030
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Updated: October 18, 2019
Classification: Police Officer – Lateral Position
The City of Gresham Police Department is currently accepting applications for Lateral Police Officer. To be considered for employment with the City of Gresham, you must apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gresham/jobs/2407027/lateral-police-officer?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs. Out of State Lateral candidates must complete the written exam through National Testing Network. The PAT test is not needed for the lateral position. Testing related questions should be directed to National Testing Network Customer Support. Selection questions should be directed to the department 503-618-2729.All testing must be completed by December 31st, 2019. Salary Information: $5,362 - $6,847/Month ($64,344 - $82,164/year)Benefit InformationMedical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Paid Holiday, Sick Leave, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Public Employee Retirement System, Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Account, Employee Assistance Program Candidate Contact Person:Cathi ForsytheHuman Resources Analyst503-618-2549HR@GreshamOregon.gov
Department OverviewThe Gresham Police Department currently maintains a staff of 132 sworn and 32 civilian full-time personnel or approximately 1.1 Officers per 1,000 of the City's estimated population. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of challenges to go around for Gresham’s Police Officers.
Externally, the demand for police services continues to grow, as we must keep pace with our population and the issues associated with a major metropolitan area. Since criminals don’t usually recognize City boundaries, Gresham Officers are often called upon to work cooperatively with the City of Portland and Portland Metropolitan Cities in order to protect the lives and rights of its own citizenry. As a result, Gresham Officers can expect to have a wealth of experience and opportunities to participate in multi-agency task forces and teams, as well as Department specialty assignments and training, throughout their careers.
Internally, GPD is also growing and changing, as the majority of our command staff nears retirement, and a new breed of qualified and dedicated law enforcement professionals prepare to take their place.SPECIALTY & INSTRUCTOR ASSIGNMENTS
In addition to specialty and instructor assignments, Police Officers have several promotional opportunities throughout their career, to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, or even Chief. Do you have the experience and the expertise to serve and lead our agency well into the future? If so, read on, and see what else Gresham has to offer.
SALARY & BENEFITSIn-State Lateral ExperienceA new employee (verified or certifiable) with police experience in Oregon and hired under the criteria of the City of Gresham's Lateral Entry Program shall be credited one pay step for each completed year of previous full-time, paid experience as a sworn officer, up to a maximum starting pay of Step 5 of the police officer salary range. An employee will be eligible to advance one step after successful completion of probation (12 months from the date of hire). Out-of-State Lateral ExperienceA new employee (certified or certifiable) with out-of-state police officer experience and hired under the criteria of the City of Gresham's Lateral Entry Program, shall initially be hired at Step 1. Upon certification from The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) that the employee's out-of-state training is equivalent to the DPSST basic Training Program, the employee shall be credited one pay step for each completed year of previous full-time paid experience as a sworn officer, up to a maximum of Step 5 of the police officer salary range, retroactive to the hire date. An employee will be eligible to advance one step after successful completion of probation (12 months from the date of hire).
In addition to their base salary, all Officers are eligible to receive overtime pay, as well as premium pay for participation in specialty or instructor assignments, and certificate pay for attaining advanced certification.
Gresham Police Officers also enjoy the benefits of:
The salary range for the position of Police Officer, per the FY 2018/2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Gresham Police Department is as follows:
GRESHAM POLICE OFFICER'S BASE PAY PER MONTH (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018)Step 2: $5,362Step 3: $5,624Step 4: $5,914Step 5: $6,206Step 6: $6,518Step 7: $6,847 THE CITYDespite its close proximity to the major urban area of Portland, Oregon and its own growing population of over 110,000, the City of Gresham has managed to maintain that safe, small-town feeling that is rapidly becoming rare, though all too desirable, among western communities. Much of that "safe, small-town feeling" which Gresham’s residents enjoy, can be directly attributed to the community’s leadership and effective implementation of public safety resources. RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESWithin a short drive of Gresham, the 4th largest city in Oregon, you can:
Age: 21 years of age
US Citizen: Must be a US Citizen.
High School Grad/GED: High School diploma or G.E.D
Valid OREGON State Driver's License: Must have valid Oregon Driver license at time of hire.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Must be able to read and speak the English Language.
Vision: Correctable to 20/40
Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors: For Felony, Criminal Activity, Driving, Drug Use, Employment, Financial or Additional Disqualifiers:
Gresham Uses a complex matrix system to be utilized during initial screening and detailed background investigation to determine eligibility for hire.
Qualifications: To be considered a lateral applicant you must have completed a state certified police academy, passed a probationary period of not less than one (1) year with a law enforcement agency as a sworn officer, and been employed as a full-time sworn officer within five (5) years of appointment.
Lateral Officers may be eligible to start at step 5 of the salary pay scale, depending on experience. For more details, please access the Gresham Police Officer's Association Labor Contract at https://greshamoregon.gov/Become-a-Police-Officer/.
The ideal candidate has additional 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.
- Apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence, and all other aspects of law enforcement.
- Skillfully and safely use firearms and other police-related tools.
- 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 potentially dangerous situations, and to determine the proper course of action.
- Present evidence in court effectively; skill in observation and remembering details such as names, faces, and incidents.
- Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.
Minimum Qualifications for this position:
-High School diploma or G.E.D and 21 years of age by date of hire
-No felony criminal record
-Must be a US Citizen
-Good driving record
-Ability to pass pre-assessment suitability screening
-Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation
-Ability to pass a psychological, medical and drug screen exam
Position Description: 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, investigating criminal activity, subduing combative suspects, making arrests, working with people to solve problems associated with crime and neighborhood problems, and ensuring proper enforcement of laws and regulations.
For a more complete list of job duties, see class specification at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gresham/classspecs/107531?keywords=police%20officer&pagetype=classSpecifications