Police Officer - Entry Level

$77,640 - $97,788 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Feb 05, 2024
Full time Police/Sheriff

Job Description

The Police Department is recruiting for Police Officer Entry Level utilizing the National Testing Network (NTN) as the first step in the hiring process. (Please see below for NTN directions.) NTN testing and the City of Hillsboro application must be completed by Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 11:59 pm.  
General Description of Duties
A professional, sworn position that performs law enforcement and crime prevention work including patrol and investigation; apprehension of criminals, preservation of peace and protection of life and property; enforces Federal, State and local laws; practices the principles of Community Policing; does related work as required. The Police Officer position is covered under the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.

Eligible persons who are qualified and interested in applying for the position must follow the selection process instructions listed below.  

Selection Process

City of Hillsboro application and National Testing Network Directions: 
Step 1 - Eligible persons who are qualified and interested in applying for the positions must login and sign-up with the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com. Select Police Officer and sign up for City of Hillsboro Police Department. NTN testing must be completed and scores released to Hillsboro Police Department by the closing date of Sunday, March 24, 2024.  If tested prior to our opening date of February 2, 2024,  contact NTN to transfer score to our current process.
Schedule and pass the written exam with the National Testing Network. Minimum passing score for NTN is: Video 65%, Writing 70% and Reading 70%.  (Test must be completed prior to submitting application).  National Testing Network (NTN) help desk:  866-563-3882, 8 am – 5 pm, PST. Questions may also be referred to Cindy Tucker at cindy.tucker@hillsboro-oregon.gov. 
Step 2 – The City of Hillsboro/Hillsboro Police Department will review the applications of those who have successfully passed NTN and supplied a completed City of Hillsboro Application which includes a cover letter and resume.  Applications will be evaluated based on minimum and required work experience, training and skills presented in the employment application.
Step 3 - Applicants who successfully pass the application review phase will be invited to participate in the Oregon Physical Agility Test (ORPAT).   If an applicant has taken ORPAT and passed within 12 months of March 24, 2024 you will not need to retest.  Prior ORPAT scores may be attached to your application.  
Step 4 - Selected applicants will be invited to participate in other stages of the selection process including oral board interview, extensive background investigation, and Executive Staff interview.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the final status of their application.
Step 5 – Any applicant who receives a conditional offer of employment will be subject to passing a pre-employment physical, drug screen and psychological evaluation.   

Examples of Essential Work

1. Patrols assigned geographical areas in the City by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State, and City laws and municipal codes.

2. Observes, reports, and acts on conditions conducive to crime and danger, such as checking buildings for security; observing residences, schools, banks and vacant areas; checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Issues citations, makes arrests or takes other action as warranted by circumstances.

3. Reports traffic hazards and directs pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow when necessary.  Disburses unruly crowds at public gatherings.  Enforces vehicle operation and parking regulations; issues warning or notice of traffic infraction as appropriate.

4. Responds to emergency calls; determines the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent action.  May call for assistance or superior officers if necessary.

5. Takes command at the scene of a crime or accident; administers first aid and requests medical service as necessary; takes statements and interviews victims and witnesses; examines situation; records vital information regarding causes and circumstances.

6. Performs on-site tests and interrogations of individuals suspected of intoxication.  When further testing is warranted, escorts suspect to Department headquarters and conducts intoxilyzer analysis or other applicable tests.  Prepares records and reports per departmental procedure.

7. As required, physically detains law violators or those who may be resisting arrest; activity may require physically subduing person(s), moving through heavy underbrush and trees, jumping fences, and climbing onto or into buildings.  Activity may require using deadly force to protect self or others.

8. Conducts investigation assignments of suspected illegal activity or follow-up investigations of criminal cases.  May also conduct specialized investigations.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects.  Collects and documents evidence and requests lab analysis as appropriate.  Submits progress reports on cases under investigation.  Attempts to link crime with others of a similar nature.

9. Performs stake-outs or undercover operations to obtain sufficient evidence to prosecute or identify participants perpetrating a crime.

10. Prepares all forms and reports necessary to file felony and/or misdemeanor charges.  Prepares criminal cases for prosecution with either the City or County Prosecutor.  Interacts with prosecutors, attorneys, and court officials; testifies in court as required.

11. Performs community liaison activities; educates the public about crime prevention.  Provides general information on laws and ordinances; explains process of filing a formal complaint, the extent of police patrols, and alternatives available to citizens.  Directs citizens to appropriate authorities as necessary.

12. Serves and enforces civil processes issued by the courts to include restraining orders, orders for protection, no contact orders, anti-harassment orders, and subpoenas.  Serves arrest and search warrants.

13. Prepares and writes a variety of reports and records, such as reports on crimes, arrests, property impounded, accidents, offenses, damages to property, results of investigations, affidavits, search warrants and operations orders.

14. May use computer; telecommunications equipment.

Acceptable Experience and Training

• High school diploma or equivalent, supplemented by college-level coursework;
• Some experience in law enforcement, military or other fields (for example, psychology, social service, customer service) that demonstrates desired knowledge, skills and abilities; OR
• Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work will be considered.
• Be at least 21 years of age by the date of appointment;
• Possess or be able to obtain a valid State of Oregon Driver's License;
• Have a safe driving record;
• Be a United States citizen at time of appointment;
• Be able to possess a Basic certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) within 12 months of employment;
• Be in good physical and mental health as determined by a medical and psychological examination;
• Must pass an extensive background investigation and be free of felony conviction. 

Additional Information

Here’s a snapshot of just a few of our amazing benefits:

  • City of Hillsboro pays police union employee’s 6% PERS Pick-up;

  • Hillsboro Police Department offers Bi-Lingual Pay: Employees who are qualified by the department as bilingual in English and Spanish or Japanese, or a language spoken by over ten percent (10%) of City residents as documented by the most recent U.S. Census will receive a monthly premium of five percent (5%) of their regular base pay.

  • Hillsboro Police Department offers Special Assignment Pay for any additional units or job responsibilities under the HPOA Contract. 

  • Employees in the bargaining unit shall accrue time off for holidays, at the rate of 9.33 hours per month, for a total of 112 hours per year.

  • Insurance coverage begins the 1st of each month.

For full HPOA contract details regarding pay, benefits, special assignment pay, etc. click here.



The following standards have been adopted by the Hillsboro Police Department as AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS from a police department hiring process.
Additional information related to the items listed below or otherwise discovered through subsequent investigation may also disqualify a candidate.

  1.   Operation of a Motor Vehicle
          Ability to possess a valid Oregon Driver's License. Ability to drive safely. Ability
          to control a motor vehicle at high speeds. Ability to operate a motor vehicle in all
          types of weather conditions.
            A.    Receipt of two or more moving violations within three years prior to application
                   may be disqualifying depending on the nature of the violations. A moving
                   violation for which there is a factual finding of innocence shall not be included.
            B.    Involvement as a driver in two or more chargeable collisions within three
                   years prior to date of application shall be disqualifying.
            C.   Conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs within three
                   years  prior to application shall be disqualifying.
            D.   Suspension of a driver's license once within the past three years shall be

    2.    Integrity
          Refusing to yield to temptation of bribes, gratuities, payoff, etc. Refusing to tolerate
          unethical or illegal conduct on the part of other law enforcement personnel. Showing
          strong moral character and integrity in dealing with the public. Being honest in
          dealing with the  public.
          A.    Any material misstatement of fact or significant admission or omission during
                  the application or background process shall be disqualifying.

    3.    Credibility as a Witness in a Court of Law
          Ability to give testimony in a court of law without being subject  to impeachment due
           to his/her character for honesty or veracity or due to prior felony conviction.
          A.    Conviction of two or more misdemeanor offenses under Oregon Law as an
                 adult shall be disqualifying.
          B.   Conviction of any offense classified as a misdemeanor under Oregon Law while
                employed as a Police Officer shall be disqualifying.
          C.  Commission of any act while employed as a Police Officer involving
                untruthfulness, falsification of any official report or document, or theft shall be
          D.  All male U.S. citizens and male aliens born after 1960 and residing in the United
               States who are 18 through 25 years of age are REQUIRED to register with the
               Selective Service.  Failure to have registered is an automatic disqualifier.

    4.   Dependability
          A.  Missing any scheduled appointment during the hiring process without prior
               permission shall be disqualifying.
          B. Having been disciplined by any employer as an adult for abuse of leave, gross
               insubordination, dereliction of duty or persistent failure to follow established
               policies and regulations shall be disqualifying.
          C.  Having been involuntarily dismissed (for reasons other than lay-off) from two or
                more employers as an adult shall be disqualifying.

    5.    Illegal Use or Possession of Drugs
         The following types of illegal drug use or possession will be considered automatic
          disqualification in the pre-employment selection process for police personnel,
          with no exceptions:
          A.    Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within five
                 years prior to application for employment shall be disqualifying. Any other
                 illegal drug use within the last five years shall be disqualifying.