City of Astoria
  • 27-Nov-2017 to 29-Dec-2017 (PST)
  • Police
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 24.7154 - 30.0417
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, HSA, PERS, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


This position is responsible for the protection of life and property and provides law enforcement services to the community.  These services include, at a minimum: Preventing crime by explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; mediating disputes; patrolling assigned area; responding to disturbances; conducting searches; observing suspicious activities; providing first aid to individuals involved in a traffic accident or injured in a domestic dispute; issuing citations; performing routine crime investigations; providing public education and safety; detaining suspects and testifying in court cases. The police officer role is responsible for complex, difficult and volatile situations. This position is subject to call-back 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Work is generally performed under the supervision of a police sergeant. A police officer may act as supervisor in the absence of a sergeant.



  1. Proactively patrols assigned areas in a business district and/or residential streets for the prevention and detection of crime, the enforcement of laws with a regular officer or alone as determined by the Chief of Police. Patrol may be on foot, bicycle, or in a motorized vehicle.
  2. Responds to radio dispatches and citizen reports of major and minor crime, family disputes and civil complaints and evaluates the incident and takes the appropriate action to mitigate the situation.
  3. Conducts investigations of criminal activity and traffic crashes; interviews victims, suspects, witnesses and others to determine relevant facts and validity of statements and alibis.



  • Generates and maintains records and reports of work activity including the description of incidents and their processing or disposition.
  • Attends judicial proceedings, presents evidence and provides credible testimony.
  • Makes arrests, serves criminal warrants, court orders and subpoenas, transports, books and searches prisoners.
  • Assists motorists with disabled vehicles, calls tow trucks and supplies information and directions to the public.
  • Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
  • Makes building security checks and provides advice/literature on crime prevention measures to business owners and residents.
  • Advises dispatch center of traffic hazards and damaged or abandoned vehicles.
  • Provides traffic control and security as assigned.
  • May orient and train new Police Officers and Reserves; may act in lead capacity during field operations.
  • Conducts special investigations and projects as assigned.
  • 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.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; practicing skills.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers/public and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from a police sergeant.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by practicing use; completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; notifying supervisor of needed repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Maintains operations by following department policies and procedures and recommending changes
  • Performs other duties as assigned or directed.


When assigned detective duties:

  • Conducts criminal investigations by gathering evidence; interviewing victims and witnesses; interrogating suspects.
  • Performs thorough background investigation on candidates for police officer positions to determine suitability for hire.
  • Takes primary responsibility to investigate and bring to resolution cases involving physical or sexual child abuse.
  • May be assigned to investigations addressing illegal drugs and controlled substances alone or with allied agencies to apprehend offenders.



This position may supervise other police officers in the absence of a sergeant.



Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to write clear, accurate and complete reports; identify and remember names, faces, places, and other details; perform effectively in emergency and high stress situations; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other law enforcement personnel and the general public; engage in rigorous physical activity; learn, remember, and apply relevant laws, ordinances and court interpretations; use stationary portable and mobile radio, telephone, computer, video and radar equipment.



Completion of an Associate Degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above described duties. Some knowledge of police practices and procedures; City geography and street layout.   Some knowledge of firearm use and safety precautions; applicable federal, state, and local criminal laws; overall criminal justice system.  Safe, effective use of firearms; application of basic first aid; defensive driving; safe driving under all road conditions.



Integrity; service orientation; empathy; communication and human relations skills; self-control; team orientation; problem-solving skills.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and policy and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of community members or employees of organization.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Has advanced basic computer job skills including logging on to systems, ability to communicate by email, ability to compose documents, enter database information, create presentations, download forms, and preserve/backup important data.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license; safe driving record; must attend

16 week DPSST officer class to obtain Basic Police Certification within thirteen months of acquiring position.  Must maintain adequate physical fitness standards. Must meet the residency requirement of living within 25 miles of the city limits within 12 months of hire. Eighteen month probationary period.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Corrected vision shall be at least 20/30 (Snellen) in each eye. The field of vision shall be at least 140 degrees and depth perception shall be sufficient to demonstrate stereopsis adequate to perform the essential tasks of the job. Employee must be able to distinguish colors.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.



Could be outdoors in all types of weather; may spend considerable time in a vehicle; days of work and shifts rotate; may be called out at any time or asked to work overtime; may be subjected to high-stress situations and must respond professionally. A partial list of physical activities include walking on uneven surfaces, running, jumping, twisting, bending, and climbing stairs.

Police Department employees are prohibited from using tobacco products while on duty. This is a condition of employment.

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