Women in Policing

  • Interested in a career in law enforcement?

    The Gresham Police Department is committed to developing a team that reflects the community we serve, and that means boosting our female membership. 

    Women police officers bring a unique and beneficial style of policing to the community and the department is always looking for qualified applicants to join our team.

    Read more about becoming a police officer.

    Police force opportunities

    There is a wide variety of positions and specialty assignments available in the organization, including leadership roles. Gresham Police offers professional developmental opportunities to succeed. 

    Specialty assignments

    Benefits of becoming a police officer

    • Officers know their schedules six months in advance.
    • Excellent insurance benefits
    • Competitive retirements plans
    • Comprehensive training
    • Job security
    • Pre-tax medical and dependent care accounts
    • Equal opportunities for advancement

    Compensation and benefits

    How to become a police officer

    Changing times

    Policing has changed over the last couple of decades. So has the type of officer agencies are looking for.

    • Gone are the days focusing on physical attributes such as height, weight and strength.
    • The job still requires a high level of physical fitness.
    • More important is good moral character and excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.

    Training and patrol

    New recruits will complete a 17-week academy at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training facility. Training topics include:

    • Physical fitness
    • Criminal justice system
    • Patrol procedures 
    • Ethics and professionalism
    • Cultural awareness
    • Tactical communication
    • Procedural law
    • Civil liability and civil rights
    • Use of force
    • Defensive tactics
    • Report-writing
    • Community policing
    • Investigations
    • Traffic laws

    After graduation, carry out policing duties in a patrol role while partnered with a trained Field Training Officer.  

    Candidate qualities

    Qualities the department looks for in potential candidates.

    • Officers must be honest and have the utmost integrity when responding to challenging calls. 
    • Members are often required to exercise courage and perseverance, along with compassion and understanding.
    • You must have the ability to work within a diverse community.