Hiring: Frequently Asked Questions

for Patrol and Corrections Deputy Applicants

Following are answers to some common questions about the hiring process for Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol and Corrections Deputy Applicants.

Have additional questions?

Send an e-mail to sheriffsjobs@clackamas.us or call the following individuals:

  • Lindsay White, HR Analyst, 503-742-5466, for questions regarding application and testing.
  • Lyndie Hamlin, Sheriff’s Office, 503-785-5162, for questions regarding the SPH, background investigations, and training. 

Before you Apply

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Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

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The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

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We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

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You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

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You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

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For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

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The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

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No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

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The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

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Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

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Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

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Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

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You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

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If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

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How We'll Contact You

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Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

88721

The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

89066

Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

89411

Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

89411

Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

89411

You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

89411

If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

89411

About the Application/Screening Process

87686

Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

88721

The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

89066

Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

89411

Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

89411

Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

89411

You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

89411

If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

89411

About the Tests

88031

Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

88721

The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

89066

Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

89411

Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

89411

Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

89411

You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

89411

If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

89411

After I'm Selected

88376

Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

88721

The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

89066

Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

89411

Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

89411

Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

89411

You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

89411

If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

89411

About Background Investigations

88721

Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
88376

A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

88721

The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

88721

Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

88721

No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

88721

You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

89066

Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

89066

You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

89411

Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

89411

Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

89411

Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

89411

You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

89411

If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

89411

About the 'Eligibility Register'

89066

Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

26841

Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

26841

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

26841

Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

26841

Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

26841

We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

26841

You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

87341

Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

87341

The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

87686

Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

87686

You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

87686

You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

88031

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

88031

For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

88031

The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

88031

No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

88031

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

88031

It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
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A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

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The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

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No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

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Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

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No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

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You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

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Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

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You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

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Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

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Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

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Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

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You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

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If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

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After You're Hired

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Law enforcement can be a very rewarding and challenging career selection -- offering excitement and opportunities for personal growth. A career in law enforcement is also a significant commitment -- including challenging emotional situations and time constraints in your personal life.

Clackamas County provides 24/7 law-enforcement services to county citizens. If you're up for the challenge, this is an excellent career choice -- a choice that can be made even better with the support of friends and family.

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Patrol openings are for Deputy positions not in the Clackamas County Jail. Corrections openings are for Deputy positions within the jail only.

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The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) will review your previous training and determine if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in the State of Oregon. You should still apply if interested as this takes place later in the application process.

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Yes. You may have active applications with both divisions and be on our "eligibility list" at the same time.

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Yes. The Sheriff's Office tattoo/body-modification policy is as follows:

Body Art and Tattoos.  Body Art or Tattoos, worn by employees while on duty shall not be offensive in nature.  Facial tattoos are prohibited. The Sheriff reserves the right to determine whether the tattoo or "body art" is appropriate for a CCSO employee to display while on duty. 
 
Body Art and Tattoos are subject to the following standards:
 
1. Visible tattoos shall not be of a style, size, color or location that diminishes professional appearance or brings discredit on the CCSO;
 
2. Visible tattoos are not permitted on the neck, face, head or hands of CCSO employees.  Hands are considered the area below the wrist bone.  The neck, face and head area is considered to be the area above the clavicle;
 
3. Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless or offensive themes are not permitted.  A tattoo violates common standards of decency and is considered “offensive” if it depicts, describes or otherwise refers to sexual context, acts, organs or preferences; if it depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of or discrimination against any race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity or it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates intolerance or discrimination;
 
4. Visible dental art or gem stones, unnaturally colored or shaped teeth, and other ornamentation that is temporary or permanently affixed to the teeth for the purposes of decoration or adornment is not permitted while on duty; and
 
5. Employees may wear contact lenses of a natural eye color.  Red, orange, silver and other unnaturally colored contact lenses or colors that create an unnatural eye color or graphic design are not permitted.

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We currently provide law enforcement services to the following cities within Clackamas County: Happy ValleyWilsonville, and Damascus. Deputies who are assigned to work these areas may drive a city- specific car and wear a city-specific uniform while on duty.

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You will receive notice from us by U.S. Mail/email within two weeks after the closing date of the job posting.

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Yes. In the interest of sustainability, Clackamas County sends most recruitment correspondence via email. It's a good idea to check your email regularly so you don’t miss anything.

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The steps are as follows. You must successfully pass each step in order to progress to the next step in the screening process.

  1. Minimum Qualifications 
    We ensure that you meet minimum qualifications for the position by reviewing your online application. Candidates passing the minimum qualifications will be emailed a request to fill out the Statement of Personal History (SPH).
  2. Statement of Personal History
    Candidates who pass minimum qualifications will be required to fill out an SPH. SPHs will be screened for automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Written/ Video Testing & ORPAT 
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1 and 2 will be participating in written/video testing. The test vendor is Ergometrics. Patrol candidates will be invited to ORPAT testing in conjunction with written testing. (Corrections candidates will also be required to participate in a tour of the Jail.)
  4. Oral Board Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-3 will be invited to a panel interview. This interview is considered an oral test and all candidates will be asked the same questions. The top candidates from the Oral Board Interview will be invited to the Department Interview.
  5. Department Interview
    Candidates who successfully pass Steps 1-4 may be invited to an "in-house" interview with the Sheriff’s Office. 

Note: Your background investigation may be conducted at any point after your Statement of Personal History is collected.

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Yes. Applicants for contract medical positions need to fill out a Jail Medical Contract Statement of Personal History.

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You may use Veteran’s points if you send in your DD 214 Member 4 or DD 215and proof of disability, if applicable, prior to the close date of the job opening.

Please see the "ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE" section of the job opening for further instructions on the use of Veteran's points.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 408.230-408.235

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You may be asked to take several tests that can include: written/video based testing; supplemental questionnaire, ORPAT (Patrol), oral board (panel) interview; and Department “in- house” interview, psychological examination, medical, and drug test.

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The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is conducted as part of the testing process for Patrol candidates. The ORPAT is typically conducted during Step 3 of the testing process.

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For a breakdown of this test, download this PDF, provided by DPSST. You can also learn more about ORPAT by visiting this link.

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The test conducted for Patrol is Frontline and the test conducted for Corrections is REACT. You can visit the testing vendor website here.

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No. You must apply for each job opening separately in order to be considered. The test that we administer is different and specific to each classification.

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Due to the high volume of applicants, we are rarely able to make scheduling accommodations for testing or oral board interviews. Individual requests will be considered by the Department of Human Services for reasons such as military obligations, court subpoenas, etc. Proof required. If you are not able to attend please call us so we can permit you to re-apply and test with the next testing cycle.

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It can take several months before you may be extended a conditional offer by the Sheriff’s Office.

The testing phases are scheduled over a several-month period -- and you may be on the eligibility register for some time.

Once you are given a conditional offer, there are several more tests you must take and pass prior to beginning your new job.

These tests include the following:

  • For Patrol and Corrections applicants: Post-offer psychological examination, medical, and drug testing.
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A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office -- and you must successfully pass it to move forward in the application process.

Your background investigation will consist of an evaluation of all information related to the 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office job dimensions. These dimensions are: dependability, problem-solving ability, observation skills, integrity, learning ability, judgment under pressure, communication skills, appearance, interpersonal sensitivity, willingness to confront problems, desire for self-improvement, interest in people, operation of a motor vehicle, and credibility as a witness in court.

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The Sheriff’s Office may contact anyone you have known, been associated with, or are suspected to have known during the background investigation.

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No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide status updates for applicants that are going through the background investigation process.

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Your background investigation should take from 6 to 16 weeks. During this time the Sheriff’s Office will notify you if the background investigator needs any additional information and you should respond quickly.

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No. The Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide specific information regarding the reason you have failed your background investigation. You will be asked to sign a waiver to ensure that individuals that provide information to the background investigators are guaranteed the right to confidentiality for the information they provide.

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You will remain on the eligibility register for a minimum of six months and typically not more than one year. Please see the job announcement for the position for which you are applying for exact timelines.

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Updating your contact information is your responsibility. Please log back into the County's jobs website and update your contact information. If you are in the Department Interview phase or working with a background investigator, please also notify Jenny Helms (503-785-5162) from the Sheriff’s Office, as well.

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You will receive extensive training prior to working independently.

A portion of this training will require that you attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy and pass it successfully.

Once you return to the Sheriff’s Office, you will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until you have successfully completed all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

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Once you have passed all required testing and have been hired on by the Sheriff’s Office, you will be registered for an opening at the DPSST academy as soon as possible. You may begin with some pre-academy training with Sheriff’s Office personnel and then go to the academy -- completing your Sheriff's Office training when you return.

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Yes. Our Corrections Deputies and Patrol Deputies are members of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).

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Shifts may be rotated every six months. Time shifts are requested by a shift bidding schedule based on seniority for Recruits, Corrections Deputies, and Patrol Deputies.

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You must successfully complete your probationary period and typically have a couple of years of service prior to being eligible for consideration for a special unit. If there is an opening in one of these special divisions, the Sheriff’s Office will select the most competitive candidate.

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If there is an opening for one of these positions, a recruitment will be conducted by Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, and the most competitive candidate will be selected.

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