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Press Release
January 09, 2009
ORNG partners with Portland Police to encourage soldiers to pursue a career in in in law enforcement
The Oregon National Guard has partnered with the Portland Police Bureau to design a specialized testing process for the Oregon National Guardsmen who are interested in becoming a police officer. The Portland Police Bureau will provide an opportunity for interested Oregon Guard members to take the written test to become a police officer, the first of several phases in the process, on Jan. 24. 2009 at the Tigard Armory located at 6700 SW Oak Street, Portland, Oregon.
"This is a great opportunity for our soldiers because in the past if you went on a deployment you had to start over when you got back," said Col. (Ret.) Scott McCrae, of the Oregon National Guard. "Now you can just pick up where you left off in the application process which will help our soldiers a lot."
As many as 35% of deploying soldiers are unemployed or underemployed said McCrae. McCrae said a career in law enforcement is often a perfect fit.
"Many of our soldiers are drawn to a career in law enforcement because it fits with their military training, and offers them the perfect opportunity to use those skills in the real world," added McCrae.
"We saw the numbers of underemployed soldiers and it was staggering - we felt it was our duty to help," said Cara Sweeney, Recruitment Coordinator for the Portland Police Bureau.
Oregon National Guard soldiers interested in taking the written test on Jan. 24, must pre-register at  www.portlandonline.com/joinportlandpolice/ong between Jan. 12 and Jan. 20. This website will not be active for registration until Jan. 12, but information about general requirements and an overview of the written test is available on this website. Soldiers cannot just show up to take the written test without having pre-registered.

To Qualify

Applicants must be a current member of the Oregon National Guard and:
• A) At time of appointment, possess either an Associate Degree or 60-semester or 90-quarter hours from an accredited college or university.
B) Possess a High School Diploma or GED AND A MINIMUM OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
* 2 years of active-duty or 4 years reserve U.S. Military service under honorable conditions, OR

* 2 years of continuous service working in law enforcement agencies (including 911-dispatchers) within the State of Oregon, OR

* 2 years of service as a reserve police officer (after initial training and with a minimum of 500 hours of service rendered), OR

* 2 years service as a Portland Police Bureau cadet (after initial training, minimum of 500 hours of service, and meeting the minimum age requirement of 21 years at the time of appointment), OR

* 2 years of continuous service in another police agency as a sworn police officer for a recognized state, county or city (municipal) entity.

• At time of appointment, be at least 21 years of age.

• Within one (1) year of employment, must be a U.S. citizen. Application for U.S. citizenship requires 5 years of residency.

• At time of appointment, possess or be able to obtain a valid driver's license and have no excessive traffic violations.

• Have no conviction of a crime, for which punishment would have been a felony in any jurisdiction or a crime involving domestic violence (applicants with lesser criminal records will be evaluated on an individual basis).

• Have no dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.

• At time of appointment, members will not expose any offensive forms of body art while on duty, including when wearing a short­sleeved uniform shirt. Offensive forms of Body Art include images which are sexually explicit, racially and or sexually biased or could be viewed as discriminatory in nature. Visible Body Art on the face and neck are prohibited except for reasonable cosmetic purposes. Body art is defined as procedures used to alter the body's appearance including, but not limited to branding, scarification and tattoos.

• Have vision correctable to 20/30. If worse than 20/100, you must wear soft contact lenses to meet the 20/30 requirement.

Radio, print and television media can arrange for interviews with the Executive Director of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Team, Scott McCrae and/or Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Maas the Program Manager of the Career Transition Team for Oregon by contacting the Public Affairs Office at 503-584-3917