Hiring Process Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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What are the requirements to apply for the position?
  1. Be 21 years of age
  2. Be a U.S. citizen
  3. Have no felony convictions;
    or misdemeanor convictions
  4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  5. Possession of/or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver's License within 30 days of hire.
  6. Acceptable driving history.
  1. Be 21 years of age
  2. Be a U.S. citizen
  3. Have no felony convictions;
    or misdemeanor convictions
  4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  5. Possession of/or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver's License within 30 days of hire.
  6. Acceptable driving history.
What are the physical requirements for the position? You must pass ORPAT (Oregon Physical Abilities Test). It is an "obstacle course" designed to replicate critical and essential physical tasks and demands faced by Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties. You may view the course on-line. You must pass ORPAT (Oregon Physical Abilities Test). It is an "obstacle course" designed to replicate critical and essential physical tasks and demands faced by Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties. You may view the course on-line.
What is the application procedure? Applicants are required to meet certain standards in order to be considered for hire. Applicants must successfully pass the following recuritment phases:
  1. Application screening.
  2. P.O.S.T. and written examination.
  3. Physical abilities test (ORPAT).
  4. Extensive background, physical examinations, psychological evaluations and drug screening.
  5. Certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within eighteen (18) months.
Applicants are required to meet certain standards in order to be considered for hire. Applicants must successfully pass the following recuritment phases:
  1. Application screening.
  2. P.O.S.T. and written examination.
  3. Physical abilities test (ORPAT).
  4. Extensive background, physical examinations, psychological evaluations and drug screening.
  5. Certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within eighteen (18) months.
What is the selection procedure? The selection procedure includes the applicant's ability to follow application directions and instructions. Testing includes, but is not limited to:
  1. National Police Officers Selection Test (P.O.S.T.).
  2. Written test (reading comprehension, math, grammar and sentence structure).
  3. Physical abilities test.
  4. A scored oral board.
Applicants who are successful will then be invited back to complete a thorough background. investigation, physical examination, and a psychological evaluation.
The selection procedure includes the applicant's ability to follow application directions and instructions. Testing includes, but is not limited to:
  1. National Police Officers Selection Test (P.O.S.T.).
  2. Written test (reading comprehension, math, grammar and sentence structure).
  3. Physical abilities test.
  4. A scored oral board.
Applicants who are successful will then be invited back to complete a thorough background. investigation, physical examination, and a psychological evaluation.
What is the first step in applying? Correctly and completely fill out the required application. Return all documents by the indicated closing date and time to:
Deschutes County Personnel Department
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 388-6553 or (541) 330-4626
Applications that are returned by mail will be accepted if they bear a postmark of the closing date or before. Resumes are NOT accepted in place of a completed Deschutes County Application; however, resumes may be attached to the application packet.
Correctly and completely fill out the required application. Return all documents by the indicated closing date and time to:
Deschutes County Personnel Department
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 388-6553 or (541) 330-4626
Applications that are returned by mail will be accepted if they bear a postmark of the closing date or before. Resumes are NOT accepted in place of a completed Deschutes County Application; however, resumes may be attached to the application packet.
Where can I obtain the application? Application packets for current openings can be obtained from the Deschutes County Personnel Department located at 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 200, Bend, OR 97701, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST). Application packets may also be mailed to your residence. Please call (541) 388-6553 or TTD (541) 385-3203 to request an application packet. Or, you may click here to download an application packet. Application packets for current openings can be obtained from the Deschutes County Personnel Department located at 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 200, Bend, OR 97701, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST). Application packets may also be mailed to your residence. Please call (541) 388-6553 or TTD (541) 385-3203 to request an application packet. Or, you may click here to download an application packet.
How long is the hiring process? The process is usually completed in 8-10 weeks. The process is usually completed in 8-10 weeks.
How will I be notified? All applicants are notified by either mail or by phone. If you do not make it as a finalist to be interviewed, you will be notified by mail. Notification is usually mailed to you approximately 3 weeks after recruitment closes. If you are chosen to be a finalist, you will be contacted by phone to schedule an interview. All applicants are notified by either mail or by phone. If you do not make it as a finalist to be interviewed, you will be notified by mail. Notification is usually mailed to you approximately 3 weeks after recruitment closes. If you are chosen to be a finalist, you will be contacted by phone to schedule an interview.
If I am selected for employment, what is the next step? A contingent job offer will be made to you pending a thorough background check, passing a drug test, physical examination and a psychological evaluation. If your background check is successful, you will be scheduled to attend training academy located in Salem, Oregon. A contingent job offer will be made to you pending a thorough background check, passing a drug test, physical examination and a psychological evaluation. If your background check is successful, you will be scheduled to attend training academy located in Salem, Oregon.
How long is the academy? The academy is 16 weeks long. Currently, the hours and days of the academy are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The academy is 5 weeks long. Currently, the hours and days of the academy are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
What if I am already certified at the time application? All applicants are required to successfully pass all recruting phases (as outlined in "What is the Application Process" and "What is the Selection Process") above.
Oregon certified personnel may not be required to attend the academy. Out of state certified personnel may or may not be required to attend the academy. Review of your certificates will be required to determine if you need to attend the academy or not.
All applicants are required to successfully pass all recruting phases (as outlined in "What is the Application Process" and "What is the Selection Process") above.
Oregon certified personnel may not be required to attend the academy. Out of state certified personnel may or may not be required to attend the academy. Review of your certificates will be required to determine if you need to attend the academy or not.
Once hired, what is my starting salary? Effectively July 1, 2009, $4,154 to $5,301 per month for a 182.53 hour work month. Additional pay for DPSST Intermediate and Advanced certificates may be received after your initial 12 months. Effectively July 1, 2009, $4,154 to $5,301 per month for a 182.53 hour work month. Additional pay for DPSST Intermediate and Advanced certificates may be received after your initial 12 months.
As a certified officer, is my salary negotiable? Placement on the salary range is normally at the first step. However, certified personnel's step will be reviewed by the Sheriff on a case-by-case basis. Placement on the salary range is normally at the first step. However, certified personnel's step will be reviewed by the Sheriff on a case-by-case basis.
What benefits are offered? We offer fully paid retirement: paid vacations and sick leave, health, life, dental and vision insurance. This is a union represented position. We offer fully paid retirement: paid vacations and sick leave, health, life, dental and vision insurance. This is a union represented position.
What hours would I work? Must be willing to work 8, 10, or 12 hour rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be willing to work 8, 10, or 12 hour rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.