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Officer Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated based on experience, training and skills presented in the employment application. Review of the applications will occur within 1-2 weeks after the closing date at which time qualified applicants will be invited to continue with the Selection Process.

The next three phases of the selection process will be held during the same day. The first phase involves the applicant successfully passing the Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT). The next phase involves the applicant successfully passing the Police Officer Selection Test (POST). The final phase of the day will be an Assessment Center.

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) has been standardized by the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST) which has to be completed in 5 minutes and 30 seconds. To find out more about the ORPAT, check out the link to DPSST. It will help you understand what is required and provide tips in getting ready for it.

The Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps the Sweet Home Police Department select the most qualified applicants by ensuring that applicants possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The POST is a valid, job-related test designed specifically for law enforcement use, which measures these basic skills: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing. There are various study guides located on-line.

The Assessment Center is a half day process involving an interview board, a hand-written project, and various other projects which are each aimed at helping the Sweet Home Police Department select the most qualified applicant.

The top applicants are invited to continue the process through a background investigation. The background investigation is extremely comprehensive. The background investigator talks to people that you have had contact with throughout your life. The background investigator looks into your personal history, academic history, work history, relationship history, drug use history, criminal history, credit history, and anything that help determine the type of employee you would be for the Sweet Home Police Department.

The top applicant is then offered a conditional job before moving into additional evaluation which consists of a psychological examination, a medical examination and a drug test.


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Sweet Home City Hall, 1140 12th Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386, Ph: (541) 367-5128, Fax (541) 367-5113