PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police are changing their hiring requirements as they face 128 open officer positions with more retirements expected next year.
Eventually, only a high school diploma or GED will be required for applicants. The bureau says this aligns with Oregon state law enforcement standards. Applicants and officers with higher education will receive higher pay, however.
The bureau is also eliminating the requirement to take a hiring test through the National Testing Network for applicants with bachelor’s degrees and lateral experience. Applicants without are still required to take the test.
Tattoos above the collar line will now be accepted after review for appropriateness. They will also change grooming standards to allow sworn members to grow a beard as long as it doesn’t interfere with the proper fit of protective equipment.
“These changes to policies were made after careful review of our hiring process in the attempt to identify potential barriers to entry,” said Chief Danielle Outlaw. “We will revisit the effectiveness of these changes after two years to determine if our hiring numbers have increased.”