The City of Springfield has exciting opportunities in our Police Department for experienced Lateral Police Officers. We are searching for applicants who are dedicated professionals, sensitive to the needs and want of our citizens, and adhere to the highest standards of excellence. The City of Springfield is dedicated to providing exceptional service, with emphasis on fairness and equity, to all our constituents. We respect differences, knowing that both in government and in the community, strength comes from combining all of what we know. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Springfield Police Department is dedicated to providing the best available law enforcement and accountability services to our community. This includes our 100 bed Municipal Jail located in our Justice Center- the largest municipal jail in the State of Oregon. Because of this tremendous resource, Springfield does not have a capacity-based release program.
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Education & Experience:
We are interested in finding police officers who have relevant experience in a municipal, county, or state police agency. Those who are currently certified as police officers in Oregon, or able to obtain Oregon DPSST certification if a police officer in another state, are eligible to apply for the lateral police officer position. Military police, federal officer, reserve officer, security officer and corrections experience do not meet the requirement for relevant experience.
A full description of the experience and education for this position can be found in the Police Officer job description linked below.
*Please note that the Springfield Police Department has a personal appearance policy, which includes but is not limited to: No visible tattoos are allowed while on-duty; no body piercing (some exceptions for ear piercings), hair must be neat and not pose any safety issues, "alterations" to any area of the body that is not concealed by authorized uniform or attire. If you have specific questions about the personal appearance policy, please email HR@springfield-or.gov
Skills & Abilities:
Under the supervision of a Sergeant this position enforces state and local laws, and responds to emergencies in an effort to protect life and property. Police Officer duties include responding to life threatening emergencies, investigating crimes, performing community relations and crime prevention functions as well as preparing written and/or typed reports of activities.
Successful lateral candidates will be offered a pay step commensurate with their related experience (or equivalency) as reviewed by the Springfield Police Department according to the following guidelines:
•Pay step 2: $30.36/hour, 3-5 years experience
•Pay step 3: $31.88/ hour, 5-7 years of experience
•Pay step 4: $33.48/ hour, 7-10 years of experience
•Pay step 5: $35.14/ hour, 10+ years of experience
Additional Premium pays:
•DPSST Intermediate: 5%
•DPSST Advanced: 10%
•Bachelor's Degree: 5%
•Foreign Language Fluency: 2.5%
Testing & Selection Process:
Candidates considered for the Lateral Police Officer position will be identified through a series of screening tools and tests including an Employment Application, Qualifying Questionnaire (part of the application), Physical Ability Test, Psychological Exam, Comprehensive Background, Medical Examination to include drug screening for controlled substances, and Oral Interviews. All testing and selection processes will be done in accordance with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment Law.
Aptitude, personality profile, mental and physical fitness, and communication skills will all be evaluated.
Physical Ability testing is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, January 20, 2018. If you are invited to this stage in the recruitment process, you must be present. Applicants invited to test will be emailed directly with additional information.
The physical test will consist of the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT). Please review the 'ORPAT' document below to learn more about the physical ability testing portion.
Previous ORPAT scores will NOT be accepted.
***Please note, Lateral Police Officers (those already DPSST certified in Oregon or another state) will not be required to complete the written test- only the ORPAT will be required.
Oral Boards for applicants who successfully pass physical testing are tentatively scheduled for Sunday-Monday, January 21-22, 2018.
How to Apply:
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaire must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The “Apply for this Job” link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking “Apply for this Job” below, please preview the application and questionnaire (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below). Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time. Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who have submitted a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received. If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position. We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us. Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.
Veterans Preference Points:
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Blomquist at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov for more information.
Additional Information and Forms:
NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.