Entry Level Police Officer


​The City of Salem Police Department is a full-service, world-class police agency seeking recruit, bilingual, and currently certified police officers looking for career enhancement and development. Salem employs only those applicants who meet or exceed the highest standards. Contact a recruiter for more information.

Minimum requirements

  • 21 years of age upon appointment as police officer
  • High school graduate, or possess a GED certificate
  • Written examination
  • Oral interview
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Excellent moral character
  • Valid driver license
  • Willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Minimum reading and writing skills at a 12th-grade level
  • Demonstrate having made good life choices, as determined by an extensive, in-depth background investigation
  • Meet or exceed minimum physical standards
  • Meet all applicable physical, vision, hearing, and psychological examination requirements (after conditional offer of hire)
  • Able to become a US Citizen within 18 months of hire


Salem police officers receive excellent pay and benefits, which include:

  • $30.58 to $40.14
  • All uniforms, weapon, and safety equipment supplied by the City
  • City-paid medical insurance (dependents included) after employee pays $55 per paycheck.
  • City-paid dental insurance (dependents included)
  • City-paid vision insurance (dependents included)
  • City-paid life and disability insurance
  • City-paid PERS (retirement)
  • City-paid health savings account
  • On-site exercise facility open 24/7

Additional benefits available include:

  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee-paid, pre-tax medical flexible spending account
  • Employee-paid Salem Police Association membership
  • Employee-paid union membership
  • Limited tuition reimbursement program
  • Optional employee-paid deferred compensation program

Additional pay incentives include:

  • Bilingual language skills
  • Bomb squad
  • Detective
  • Field training officer
  • K-9 handler and K-9 agitator
  • Motorcycle officer
  • SWAT
  • Tactical negotiator

Additional information

Contact us

Sgt Jeff WiedemannPolice Department
333 Division ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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