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Police Officer - Out-of-State Lateral

Company: City of Salem
Location: Salem
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:


$31.98 - $41.97 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Regular (Full-Time)


Police Department

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Job Summary

The City of Salem's Police Department is hiring for a Oregon Out-of-State Lateral Police Officer.

Make an impact:
As a law enforcement leader in the Pacific Northwest, the Salem Police Department is searching for outstanding candidates for the position of Oregon Out-of-State Lateral Police Officer. Our agency has a full complement of special teams and units to include: SWAT, Bomb Squad, Mobile Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Strategic Investigations Unit, DEA Task Force, Detectives, Motorcycle Unit, Mountain Bike Unit, Crash Reconstructionist, Computer Forensics, Behavioral Health Unit, Training Division, Peer Support Team, Civil Investigations Team, and Patrol.

The Salem Police Department (SPD) is the recognized leader in our region for technology and training to better serve our community and neighboring agencies. We have a fleet of state-of-the-art patrol cars with the latest computer technology, cameras, automated license plate reader systems, and weapons platforms. As a Salem Police Officer, you will be issued your needed equipment to include uniforms, weapons (handgun and rifle), boots, duty gear, iPhone, and more.

Only complete applications will be considered. Interviews will be offered to those who have met the minimum qualifications below.

About Us:
The Salem Police Department is a full-service professional agency with 191 sworn positions. The newest, and largest police facility in the state, with a full complement of support staff. The department is the 3rd largest municipal agency in the state of Oregon, and is in the capital city of Salem, with a population of over 177,000 residents.

The Salem Police Department is a recognized leader in our region for technology and training to better serve our community and neighboring smaller departments. We have a fleet of state-of- the-art patrol cars with the latest computer technology, camera, license plate reader systems, and weapons platforms, and the largest police facility in the state. As a Salem Police Officer, you will be issued your needed equipment to include: uniforms, weapons (handgun and rifles), boots, duty gear, iPhones, and more.

Salem is in the heart of the Willamette Valley known for its temperate climate, world renowned food, wine, and outdoor and cultural activities. Centrally located, Salem is 1 hour from the ocean beaches to the west, the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the city of Portland to the north. The Pacific Northwest is a great place to live with clean rivers and lakes, and where you can enjoy all four seasons of the year.

What you will do:
As a City of Salem Police Officer you will be patrolling assigned areas to enforce laws and ordinances. You will also answer and investigate citizen complaints, reports, examine crime/accident scenes and/or preserve evidence as needed. Some other assignments will include meeting with the public, community meetings and/or presenting the public with information to keep their household, property, or themselves, safe.

What can we offer you for all your hard work?

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.
  • Paid vacation and sick time in accordance with City policies.
  • Competitive pay.
  • Employer-paid PERS contribution of 6%.
  • Opportunity for voluntary pre-tax contributions to a 457b account.
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • Voluntary long-term care.
  • Employee wellness program.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • Employee health clinic.
  • Free, secure parking.
  • Department gym available for employee use.
  • The City offers an excellent compensation and benefits package which can be found by clicking hereAdditional incentives:
    The City of Salem offers 2%-10% premium pay for a combination of DPSST certification levels, training, and college education.

    There is also 5% bilingual pay incentive for language skills in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Lowland Lao, Cambodian, Highland Lao (Mien), Hmong, or certification in American Sign Language. Qualified bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

    Career police officers with the Salem Police Department could work in a wide variety of specialized units or special teams. Extra duty pay is paid for SWAT (5%), Field Training Officer (5%), K-9 (5%), K-9 decoy (2.5%), Strategic Investigations Unit (5%), Community Action Team (5%), Mobile Response Team (5%), Traffic Control Unit (5%), Bomb Squad (5%), Criminal Investigations Unit (5%), and Crisis Negotiation Team (5%). For a complete list of premium pays and other benefits, check the current collective bargaining agreement here.

    The City offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. As part of total compensation package, the City may consider providing qualified candidates with up to 40 hours of vacation, and 40 hours of sick leave time from date of hire. Starting salary step will be based on years of qualified experience using an approved matrix that utilizes the equity pay act.

    What are the minimum qualifications?
    • High School graduate or have completed a G.E.D. and must already possess a minimum of a Basic Police Certification by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) or out-of-state equivalent.
    • Is currently, or has been within the past 12 months, employed as an Police Officer with a minimum of three years of full-time employment as a police officer (jail and most federal law enforcement experience will not be counted toward the three-year minimum).
    • Currently employed and certified applicants do not need to take the NTN Frontline National Test or the ORPAT.
    • Possess and maintain a valid Oregon class C driver's license or other state equivalent and have a driving record that meets the City of Salem's standards.
    • Must be able to work periodic overtime and a variety of 24-hour rotating shifts including holidays and weekends.
    • Be at least 21 years old at date of hire.
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or have the ability to become one within 18 months of hire.
    • Participate in competitive testing including physical fitness testing, reading comprehension, writing skills, written, physical/vision, hearing and psychological examinations, and be able to pass strict Police Department background investigation.
    • Must pass the pre-employment drug test (including marijuana).
    • Must pass the pre-employment background check.Additional Information:
      • Submit resume with application.
      • Oregon's minimum standards to work as a law enforcement officer and background disqualifiers can be found in OAR 259-008-0010-0070.Where can I find out more about the position?
        Go to the menu option for Class Specifications and search for Police Officer or view by clicking here.

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        How can I apply?
        The City of Salem invites individuals of all diverse communities and backgrounds to apply for our available job opportunities as we strive to provide the best service to everyone. The City of Salem is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all and has a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, we are better able to serve the community.

        To apply, click on the green "Apply" button to complete your application. Make sure that you specify how you meet the qualifications outlined in the class specification and complete the application.

        Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications as outlined above but not selected for this position may be placed on an eligibility list, and candidates may be hired from the list. Eligibility lists are valid for six months. The City will send email notifications to eligible candidates about potential hiring opportunities so please ensure your email settings accept our system generated email notifications.

        EEO/Women, veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

        This recruitment is open until filled. A review of submitted applications are scheduled every week until the close of this recruitment.

        Selection Process:
        Finalists who successfully meet the minimum qualifications listed above and successfully complete a city application, will, after a conditional job offer, go through an extensive background investigation, medical and psychological assessment and drug testing. City of Salem is a drug free workplace, including marijuana.

        Contact Information:
        Sergeant Jeff Wiedemann at 503-588-6212

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