City of Astoria
  • 14-Sep-2021 to 15-Oct-2021 (PST)
  • Police
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 26.88-32.68
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, HRA, PERS Retirement, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave, Holiday Pay, Aquatic Center Pass


Come live, work and play in an area rich with history, heritage and natural resources. Located about 90 miles west of Portland, the City of Astoria was founded in 1811 and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Anchored where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, the unparalleled natural beauty of the town and surrounding area draw tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Visitors and residents enjoy access to the 6.4 mile Astoria Riverwalk which takes you along a paved journey through industrial, urban and natural environments. Occasionally you can catch a glimpse of the River Pilots climbing up the side of a cargo ship to navigate it down river. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the close proximity to hiking trails, biking trails, beaches and mountains. In addition to Astoria's offerings, we are a short drive away from coastal recreation destinations such as Long Beach, WA and Seaside, OR.

The surrounding area is also known for its excellent selection of local breweries, eateries and shops. Pop culture fans will instantly recognize Astoria for its role in numerous movies including The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and Short Circuit.


Astoria Police Department has a long and rich history serving the community since 1876. Our men and women are a professional representation of the honorable profession that is policing. You will find them in your community, at the grocery store, the soccer field and the rotary meeting. They are involved in many different ways with their community. They don't practice "community policing" they live it. Our Motto is Dedicated to Duty Committed to community.


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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


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.


  1. 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  2. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license and safe driving record
  3. 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 (e.g. 2 years of US Military active duty service or 4 years reserve service under honorable conditions)
  4. Must meet the residency requirement of living within 30 miles of the city limits within 12 months of hire.
  5. No felony convictions.


  1. Proficiency in a second language.


  1. 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.
  2. Police Department employees are prohibited from using tobacco products while on duty. This is a condition of employment.
  3. The City of Astoria is monitoring President Biden's COVID-19 Plan ( which could require mandatory vaccination and/or weekly testing for Police Officers. Currently, all City employees (except police officers who are excluded by state law) are required to be vaccinated according to City Policy. A federal mandate could supersede the state law, however, we will not know for sure until the President's plan is released and reviewed.


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.

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.


  • Voluntary semi-annual bonus for qualified physical fitness tests
  • Intermediate and Advanced Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certificates pay premiums
  • Bilingual Premium Pay
  • Advancement to Senior Police Officer range after 5 years of employment
  • Stability Pay
  • Assignment Pay (Detective rotation)



Submit your application, cover letter, resume and any supporting documents


Tentatively planned for the week of October 25th


NOTE: ALL candidates will be required to participate in ORPAT in Astoria.

Will be conducted same day as written test


Note: Scheduling preference will be given to those traveling from outside the area.

Tentatively planned for the week of November 8th


Includes: Records Check (Criminal, Civil, Sex Offender, Motor Vehicle, Credit & Education Verification), Investigation, Psychological, Medical & Hearing Exams, Drug Screen

Top candidates will be moved into the background process the week of November 27th - Duration: Typically, 6 to 12 weeks


Following background check completion

Anticipated final offer date the week of December 27th

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