Job Description: Police Officer

General Statement of Duties

Performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the citizens of the City of Pendleton.

Supervision Received

Works under the direction of the Police Sergeant and Police Corporal.

Supervision Exercised

Exercises occasional supervision as a senior officer on special or relief duty; supervision is not a normal responsibility of this position.

Examples of Principal Duties

1. On rotating shifts, patrols assigned beat to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and City laws.

2. Observes, reports and acts upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings, assisting other officers, enforcing traffic, making arrests, transporting prisoners and investigating crime(s).

3. Using own judgment, determines the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances and takes the necessary or prudent action.

4. Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations; administers first aid and requests appropriate medical response; performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations and domestic disputes; educates the public on laws and ordinances; assists citizens with complaints and inquiries and directs them to the appropriate authority.

5. Responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing persons, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc; takes appropriate law enforcement action.

6. Prepares a variety of written and oral reports.

7. Investigates crimes, interviews witnesses, victims and suspects and provides feedback to the appropriate people concerning case status; collects and documents evidence.

8. Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of whether it be criminal or civil.

9. Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.

10. Prepares and maintains legible, concise and understandable record of activities (i.e. notebook).

11. Performs special assignments related to investigations, crime prevention and traffic enforcement.

12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Recruitment Requirements

Experience & Training

Any combination equivalent to graduation from high school or GED program; supplemented by two years of accredited college course work is desirable; must be 21 years of age; must be a U.S. citizen; have a valid Oregon driver’s license; pass a background investigation verifying prior criminal convictions; must successfully complete the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) basic police academy and one year probationary period. (Must pass written test, oral interview and medical physical)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of City ordinances, civil service, State and Federal laws; content, intent and application of Oregon criminal law; adult and juvenile judicial procedures; civil and constitutional laws; Departmental policies and procedures; laws of arrest and search and seizure; techniques of interview and interrogation; criminal case preparation; crime scene management; oral and written communication skills.

Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately before taking safe effective action; enforce federal, state and municipal laws; work with the public in a courteous respectful manner.

Necessary Special Qualifications

Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Oregon Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state; ability to meet Department’s physical standards; no felony convictions.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in both office and field settings on a rotating shift schedule in all weather conditions.

Tools and Equipment Used

Police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, handcuffs, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software.

Physical Demands

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.

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

The employee may be required to carry, drag, or restrain individuals from 50 to 300 pounds and lift in excess of 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Conditions present high stress and threat to personal safety during periods of search and seizure and arrest; may be exposed to toxic materials, blood-borne pathogens and other infectious environments; have to deal with unruly or dangerous individuals, unsafe building sites and deadly force; may be required to extend work schedule during emergency situations.


Pendleton City Police Association (PCPA)

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer at the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Approved: Stuart A. Roberts

Date: 01-03-07