Rank Structure

The majority of security professionals, both new to the industry as well as lateral hires from other private security providers, will begin their career at Oregon Patrol Services as a Patrol Officer. The training curriculum and ride along field training program will ensure you transition successfully into your new role. However it doesn’t stop there. As you grow your skills, demonstrate excellence in performance and work ethic, and build a history with us, you’ll grow in leadership responsibilities. Our career path looks like this:



Senior Patrol Officer

  Normally, an officer will achieve this level after approximately 6 months of employment. Promotion to Senior Patrol Officer (SPO) recognizes a thorough understanding of company and client expectations and the ability to perform them with excellence.




Field Training Officer

  SPOs begin with the training curriculum Beyond Basics. This training focuses on communication skills and influencing behaviors. When this learning domain is completed, SPOs can become certified as a Field Training Officer (FTO). As FTO, you’ll have your first opportunity to directly impact the development and future success of a fellow officer while they are assigned to you.




Corporal/Master Patrol Officer

  Responsibilities grow as you achieve the rank of Corporal. As a field-based supervisor, you will coordinate the efforts of officers during your watch. You’ll provide vital input regarding an officer’s development and training needs. Usually, an officer at this rank has at least 18 – 24 months with Oregon Patrol Services. Master Patrol Officer is a rank designation that recognizes tenure and commitment. While the MPO wears the same rank patch, the MPO has no formal supervisory role. However, a Master Patrol Officer’s experience is a valuable asset to any assigned watch. MPOs generally have 3+ years experience performing patrol functions.





  At the rank of Sergeant, you can expect diverse daily responsibilities in field operations and administrative functions. Your accountabilities will include candidate selection, training oversight, and Watch Commander duties. You can be certain that you’ll be a connection point between the company and the client. Demonstrated “command presence”, leadership skills, influencing behaviors, and communicating well under both normal and challenging circumstances are prerequisites for consideration in addition to high levels of proficiency in performing and supervising patrol functions. Clearly committed to a career in the private security industry, this individual will, in most cases, have in excess of 3 years service.