We Value Veterans

The military instills the core values we stand by: Leadership, Integrity and Service.

Veterans are ideal candidates for employment. Many current members of the department are veterans and understand the difficulties with the transition from active duty into to civilian life.   

There are many parallels between the military and police work: 

  • Chain of Command 
  • Core Values: Leadership, Integrity and Service 
  • Mission oriented 
  • Increased responsibility 
  • Commitment to service 

gi bill benefits


Approved on the job training for your first two years

 Whether you want to apply your GI Bill benefits to college classes or an on-the-job training program, the GI Bill Comparison Tool will help you make the most of them. 

Basic housing allowance during your two year probationary period

reserve duties


Start a career with the Portland Police Department and continue your military career

We value military service and work with each officer to ensure their military commitments are met

Pay Differential Compensation

transitioning from active duty to a civilian role


When to Apply

The average hiring process is approximately 3-4 months in duration. If you are starting the process of transitioning from active duty to civilian, we urge candidates to get in touch with a recruiter as soon as possible. We have the ability to schedule around your military commitments and will work with each candidate individually throughout the process. 



 Sergeant Joseph Jaynes has been a member of the Portland Police Department for six years and has been a strong contributor to the department during this time. He has worked as a Field Training Officer, training new officers after they graduate from the police academy, and he is the Commander of the Hazardous Device Unit. 

Prior to his career with the Portland Police Department, Joe served 8 years in the United State Marine Corps as an active duty Marine. During that time he served as a Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner, as well as a Shift Commander for a Military Police patrol team. Joe completed his military service while stationed at Marine Helicopter Squadron One in Quantico, VA, where he supervised a Marine security detail responsible for the protection of the Presidential helicopters. Joe received numerous commendations while serving with the Marine Corps; to include three Sea Service Deployment ribbons and the Global War on Terrorism Medal for his service in Iraq in 2005 as member of a protective security detail. 

Joe was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February of this year. His son proudly pinned his sergeant badge on his uniform. He currently is the day shift sergeant, covering the downtown Portland area. 

Portland Officers proudly serve in all 5 branches of the