To assist applicants with the hiring process and prepare for a career in law enforcement, the Personnel Division offers free workshops and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT).  

 Hiring Process Workshop

  • Useful for people who are interested in applying for the Community Police Officer position and want to know more about the daily duties and Portland Police Bureau career opportunities.

  • Information on required qualifications what an individual can do to prepare themselves for a law enforcement career.

  • Overview of the entire hiring process to include required testing, application, interview and background investigation.

  • Specific instructions on completing the Personal History Statement (PHS).

  • Opportunity to speak one-on-one with police officers about the Portland Police Bureau.

  • Background investigators available to advise on individual Personal History Statement (PHS). documents

  Times and registration


We will be doing Hiring Workshops and Testing at these locations.

Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University
510 South Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ

6/11 (afternoon)
6/12 (all day) both days hiring workshop & pre-psych testing

St. Paul/Minneapolis
Sheraton St. Paul – Woodbury Hotel
676 Bielenberg Dr.
Woodbury MN

6/6 (all day) workshop & pre-psych

N. California
Hilton Concord
1970 Diamond Blvd
Concord, CA

5/21 (all day) hiring workshop & pre-psych
6/25 (all day) hiring workshop & pre-psych

S. California
Marriott Springhill Suites
San Diego Mission Valley
2401 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108

6/27-6/28 Hiring Workshop and Testing

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

  • Required event to test applicants’ physical strength, muscular endurance, coordination and agility.

  • Interested applicants can take the Physical Ability Test at any time, scores are valid for one year.

  • It is recommended to schedule the PAT at the beginning of the application process.

  • ORPAT is an accepted alternative to the PAT.

 Times and registration