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Police Officer - Lateral Level

Company: City of Bend
Location: Bend
Posted on: May 20, 2023

Job Description:


The City of Bend Police Department is currently seeking applicants for Police Officer vacancies. The Police Officer position is non-exempt (overtime eligible) and is represented by the City of Bend Police Association.

This recruitment will also be used to determine an eligibility list for upcoming vacancies for six months (May 17 - Nov 17, 2023). The eligibility list may be canceled at anytime, at the discretion of the City.

The Bend Police Department offers competitive compensation and benefits.

We are excited to offer:

* Starting salary of $79,636 up to $92,189 (not including overtime or any of our other pay incentives)
* Additional certification pay (10% for an Intermediate and 15% for an Advance)
* Annual salary at top step with intermediate certification is $101,408
* Annual salary at top step with advanced certification is $106,017

$7,500 bonus ($3,750 upon hire and $3,750 upon successful completion of probationary period)Moving expenses reimbursement (up to $2,000)40 hours of sick time awarded upon hiring40 hours of vacation time awarded upon hiringAll uniforms and gear supplied13.5 hours per month of straight pay or compensatory time for time off.11.25-hour schedule, four working days followed by four days off to enjoy Central OregonEducational reimbursementsComprehensive wellness program (on-duty yoga, onsite mental health clinician, on-duty functional fitness, restorative rest program and other wellness programs.)Incentives to walk, bike or carpool to workAdditional benefits noted within the Collective Bargaining AgreementJoining the Bend Police Department will give you the opportunity to be part of a professional law enforcement agency. This opportunity is represented by the Bend Police Association and is FLSA non-exempt position.

We are a progressive, innovative community-based department that acknowledges our most valued assets are the people who work at the Bend Police Department.

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

* A complete online application
* Attached formal Cover Letter (required)
* Attached formal Resume (required)

National Testing Network Frontline Test

* This test is only required for Out of State Lateral Officers who do not possess a 4-year degree.
* Completed within the past 12 months from the time of application. A score of 70% or higher in all three categories will be considered passing.

Applicants must provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran's preference. For more information click here.

Submission deadline is May 17, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m. PST.

Diversity & Equal Opportunity EmployerStatement

The City of Bend is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. At the City of Bend, we don't just accept differences; we value them. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and support the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Oregon Equal Pay Act.

Anticipated Hiring Process Phases:

The Bend Police Department selection includes the following components:

* Review of completed applications (see requirements above)
* Web-Based Interview: May 31 and June 1, 2023
* Oral Board Interview and Oregon Physical Agility Testing: June 13 through June 15
* Chief's Interview: June 20 - 22
* Successful completion of a background investigation, psychological testing, and a full physical prior to receiving an official offer of employment.
* Tentative start date: August 29, 2023

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

Testing Opportunities:

Please contact the National Testing Network to find a testing facility in your area or to schedule a virtual test:

Lateral Wages and Benefits*:

Below is a wage scale matrix used by the Bend Police Department as a guide - it does not guarantee a specific rate of pay. Factors considered in a lateral applicant's entry wage are 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.

Successful lateral candidates will be offered a pay step according to the following guidelines:Pay StepStep 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Lateral Experience (months)6 to 1818 to 3030 to 4242 or moreMonthly Salary $6,636$6,968$7,316$7,682*Intermediate Certification and Education (10%)Additional 10% to gross wages*Advanced Certification and Education (5%)Additional 5% to gross wages*Community Enhancement ProgramAdditional 2% to gross wages*These incentives are based on theCollective Bargaining Agreement 2022 - 2025.

In addition, Police Officers can qualify for a $1.50 per hour increase for demonstrated fluency in any additional language other than English, as approved by the Chief of Police.

Police Officers also have opportunities to work overtime assignments which can further increase pay. Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification.Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities which are not listed in any particular order of importance:

* Carries out the mission of the agency as defined in the mission statement; models and promotes the core values of the organization.
* Performs a variety of law enforcement duties. As a first responder to incidents, serves as a direct link between the department and the public. Duties involve responding to and investigating incident and crime scenes, taking action at incidents, proactively patrolling assigned areas, engaging in information lead policing activities and making independent decisions to deter criminal activity. Enforcing laws and ordinances, making arrests, preserving crime scene evidence and performing preventative community policing. May be assigned to specialized units or teams in the department.
* Serves arrest and search warrants.
* Directs traffic and patrols areas during incidents or any other occasion of a special or emergency nature.
* Investigates crashes, completes reports, makes arrests or issues citations; renders first aid.
* Conducts investigations concerning various types of crime, interviews witnesses and suspects, takes photographs, fingerprints and gathers evidence.
* Attend judicial proceedings, presents evidence and provides credible testimony.
* Participates in departmental meetings and attends in-service training classes and schools.
* Books in prisoners and transports prisoners when necessary.
* Assists other law enforcement agencies.
* Completes reports; conducts follow-up investigations and re-contacts.
* Renders assistance to the public.
* Complies with the safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
* In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.
* Provide customer service and communicate effectively with citizens and coworkers.
* Performs other duties as assigned or directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications


* Various law enforcement techniques and procedures.
* Various state and local criminal, traffic and civil laws, codes and ordinances, and their application.
* Federal and State laws regarding custody, interrogations, search and seizure, and other procedural aspects; knowledge of applicable case law, such as court decisions pertaining to search, seizure, and arrest.
* Departmental policies and procedural manual, guidelines, and chain of command.
* Basic investigative techniques.
* Detection and basic identification of hazardous and controlled substances and their effects.
* Operation of various types of firearms and other police equipment.
* Safety and health hazards.
* Use of defensive tactics.
* Court procedures and rules of evidence.
* Report writing techniques, crime coding system, and case preparation techniques.
* Correct and safe usage of police equipment.
* Community resources, such as social services available for persons in crisis situations.
* Basic crime prevention techniques and information.
* Basic problem-solving techniques and methodology.
* Geographical layout of city.
* Basic interview techniques.
* Principles of First Aid.


* Analyze complex situations and develop effective responses that may include law enforcement or the utilization of other community resources.
* Identify criminal activities and decide upon appropriate response.
* Evaluate high-risk situations and maintain flexibility; defuse tense situations.
* Make appropriate decisions as to response; use discretion as required and calmly deal with stressful situations.
* Apply knowledge obtained through past experiences and exposures along with skills obtained in training sessions in assessing new situations.
* Apply applicable laws and procedures to specific situations and issue correct citations as applicable.
* Safely operate a police vehicle in a pursuit situation and use defensive driving techniques.
* Operate, use and maintain a variety of police tools in a safe and effective manner, such as police radios, various types of weapons and defensive tools, handcuffs, gas mask, speed measuring devices, Intoxilyzer, flares, fire extinguisher, fingerprint kit, first aid kit, and other specialized equipment. Check equipment and tools for condition and performance.
* Judge when and what type of force is reasonable based on the circumstances.
* Effectively observe assigned area to identify problems and probable violations of laws.
* Analyze crime scene requirements and investigation techniques.
* Collect, maintain and transport seized evidence in a safe manner.
* Provide testimony in a competent manner.
* Interview/interrogate witnesses and suspects; prepare clear reports and concise diagrams of events; remember names, faces, and details of incidents.
* Communicate well, both orally and in writing, using good grammar and spelling.
* Prepare clear and accurate reports and incident summaries in a timely manner.
* Deal with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and personalities in a tactful and effective manner.
* Access police systems on a computer as needed.
* Must be able to work various shifts and in inclement weather as assigned.
* Lift heavy gear and traffic hazards.
* Develop and maintain physical fitness to subdue suspects and use appropriate physical force, move vehicles, and carry people.
* Be flexible and available for rapid response needs and shifting priorities.
* Keep updated on criminal intelligence, criminal/municipal statutes, training events and other briefing bulletins.
* Must be able to be observant and aware while performing multiple tasks.
* Pass police background check.

Experience and Training:

* Academy Certification: Must currently be a certified officer within the State of Oregon, or ifan out-of-state applicantmust be able to obtain reciprocity of certification granted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as a Law Enforcement Officer.
* High school diploma or equivalent and at least two years of college coursework /at time of application; or have served in the military with an Honorable Discharge or any equivalent combination of Law Enforcement work experience.
* Must be a minimum age of 21 years.
* Oregon Drivers License upon hire.
* Must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation including criminal history check and obtain an Oregon State Police Criminal Justice Information Systems clearance.


Work in a 24-hour environment with varied shifts including weekends and holidays. Duties are primarily performed on patrol in an assigned geographical area where the employee is exposed to varying and extreme weather conditions. When responding to emergencies, employee risks physical hazard from violent, aggressive, and hostile people, a variety of weapons, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs and drug paraphernalia and crime scenes. Physical exertion is required to climb stairs, go over walls, run, move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, kneel in confined areas and sit for a long period of time during surveillance. Physical effort is required to lift materials, equipment, and persons exceeding 75 lbs, and subdue combative persons.

If you have any questions regarding this selection process please contact Laura Armstrong at or Lieutenant Clint Burleigh at

Keywords: City of Bend, Bend , Police Officer - Lateral Level, Other , Bend, Oregon

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