City of Eugene Police Officer in Eugene, Oregon

Police Officer



Police Officer


$61,734.40 - $78,707.20 Annually


Eugene, OR

Job Type

Full-Time Regular


Police Department

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General Statement of Duties

Beginning on or around December 14, 2018 invitations to the testing phase of the recruitment process will be sent on a rolling basis to those applicants with a complete application who qualify. If you'd like to be eligible to receive an early invitation to schedule your testing, please make sure to submit your complete application as soon as possible. We anticipate taking the first 100 applicants who schedule their testing forward. Please note, that individual time-slots will be filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

Performs a variety of law enforcement duties; first responder to incidents; serves as direct link between the department and the public; responds to, and investigates, incident scenes; assesses appropriate actions to incidents; patrols assigned areas; enforces laws and ordinances; makes arrests; preserves crime scene evidence; summarizes events in report format; and performs preventative community policing for diverse neighborhoods.

SALARY: $61,734 - $78,707

Police Officers may also earn up to an additional 15% premium pay (depending on qualifications) after three years of employment. In addition, Police Officers can qualify for a 5% increase for demonstrated fluency in an eligible language (such as Spanish or American Sign Language).

Applications received during this application period will be considered for an early April, 2019 hire date. This posting may also be used to establish a pool of applicants for future vacancies.


Must Pass a Police Background

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

To view the detailed description of duties, knowledge, and abilities included in the job description for this position click this link.



Three years post-secondary education and/or experience required, which must include a minimum of one year of police, social services, or public contact experience. This experience may be combined with related college course work (such as criminal justice, social science, business, etc) to add up to the three-year minimum required.

High school diploma or GED.

At least 21 years of age by date of hire. (April 2019)

NO felony convictions. NO Class A Misdemeanor convictions within 24 months of application.

Must be able to work various shifts; nights, weekends, and holidays. Officers assigned to a patrol team are currently working a 4/10 work schedule.

Emergency response time for a Police Officer requires reporting to work and being ready for duty within 45 minutes of notification.

Fluency in a language in addition to English is desirable. Preference for Spanish or Sign Language ability may be given.

Must meet State requirements including vision, hearing, and standards for basic certification as a law enforcement officer by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). To view the standards set by DPSST for certification click here and view Oregon Administrative Rule 259-008-0010.

A valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Successful applicants will be required to sign a statement agreeing to refrain from using tobacco products while on duty.

Supplemental Information

City of Eugene requires all candidates to test directly with the City of Eugene for the written and physical abilities test each recruitment process. At this time, we are not able to accept prior results, National Testing Network results, or results from other agencies.


Recruit Police Officers receive a beginning annual salary of $61,734 annually; with experience, education, and training officers can advance to the top step of $78,707 annually. Applicants with previous law enforcement experience may qualify for a higher starting salary. After three years of employment, officers are eligible for premium pay for education and certification. Premium pay can be worth up to 15% of an officer's base salary. In addition, Police Officers can qualify for a 5% increase for demonstrated fluency in an eligible language (such as Spanish or American Sign Language)

The City of Eugene participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System - a program providing comprehensive retirement and disability benefits for employees. The City of Eugene provides life insurance and family health, dental, and vision care benefits; offers competitive vacation, sick leave, and holiday benefits; provides uniforms, weapons, and equipment.

In addition to the salary listed, upon eligibility, the City will contribute the employee contribution of 6% and the employer contribution to a retirement program administered by the Oregon Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).


The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If a job posting indicates this position is temporary (not limited duration) then the employee serves at will. Temporary employees do not receive benefits through the City of Eugene unless required by City, State or Federal code/statute.


Employees in this classification are represented by the Eugene Police Employees' Association (EPEA), and their salaries may be subject to a monthly payroll deduction after 31 days of employment.

Salary and Benefits

The normal starting salary is the first step shown on the posting. Other placement in the salary range may be considered depending on qualifications and experience. Periodic advancement through the salary range is dependent upon merit. The City provides a full range of benefits, including holidays, vacation, sick leave, retirement benefit, and life insurance. Health, dental, and vision benefits are available.

To view a summary of benefits, benefit premium rates, and/or the EPEA contract click the respective link.