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Portland Police Bureau search for new ‘Bicycle Liaison Officer’

Posted by on July 7th, 2011 at 9:40 am

“Develop and maintain an expertise in human powered transportation regarding its use and future development.”
— From the PPB job listing

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division is looking to hire a “Bicycle Liaison Officer.”

The job listing (posted in its entirety below) calls for an officer to be the “point of communication to the various bicycle advocacy groups” and to be the Bureau’s go-to expert on “matters of bicycle and other forms of human powered transportation.”

This is a more formal search for the position left vacant after Officer Robert Pickett left the force to take a job with the U.S. State Department back in May. Pickett was named as an official bridge between the police and the community back in 2008 by former Police Chief Rosie Sizer. Sizer made the move to help quell concerns from the community about insensitivity by Traffic Division officers in the handling of two fatal crashes in October 2007. (The fallout from that also led to a Community Policing Agreement that was formally adopted by City Council two years later.)

Traffic Division Lieutenant Eric Schober says the Bicycle Liaison Officer position is what they call a “detached assignment.” This means it’s not a full-time position, but a “side duty” that an existing PPB officer would assume in addition to their already assigned duties.

Learn more about what the PPB is looking for in the job description below:

PPB Bicycle Liaison Officer – Traffic Division (Detached)
Shift: Flexible in order to attend various meetings.


The Bicycle Liaison Officer will be the Police Bureau’s point of communication to the various bicycle advocacy groups and one of the Bureau’s experts on matters of bicycle and other forms of human powered transportation. The position will be assigned to the Traffic as an additional point of communication to the bicycle community.


  • Attend various community group meetings, both day and evening, centered around bicycle and other alternate human powered transportation
  • Advocate and educate community members/groups on legal issues surrounding human powered transportation.
  • Maintain a proficiency in current activities of bicycle community.
  • Be a point of communication from the bicycle community to the Police Bureau.
  • Develop and maintain an expertise in human powered transportation regarding its use and future development.
  • Act as an advisory for planning and coordination of any special events surrounding alternate modes of transportation but namely bicycles.
  • Be an advisory point for Police Bureau decisions and planning surrounding human powered transportation.
  • Network with other cities and police agencies on bicycle and human powered transportation issues.


  • A minimum of three (3) years proven ability to work with a wide variety of groups and organizations both governmental and private sector.
  • Possess strong communication skills; both oral and written.
  • Ability to forge cooperation and consensus among community and advocacy groups.
  • Willingness to adjust work hours & days off to conform to assorted scheduling tasks.
  • Proven ability to take the initiative.
  • Ability to become “Bicycle Certified”.
  • Be committed to the concepts and principles of the community policing goals and strategies.
  • Possess a strong interest in bicycles and other forms of human powered transportation.
  • Must be proven self-motivated with the demonstrative ability to perform under minimal supervision.
  • No evidence of sick time abuse.
  • No disciplinary history that could be detrimental to effectively function in this position.

We’ll introduce you to the officer once the selection is made.

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  • rider July 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Why aren’t you applying Jonathan?

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  • Spiffy July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

    weird that one of the qualifications isn’t that you have to be a police officer or have completed police training…

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am


      that’s not weird… that’s because it’s an inter-agency hire. Only existing officers are eligible.

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      • cycler July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

        Have to say I had the same reaction as Spiffy- from the text of the article, it wasn’t clear to me that it was an interagency hire only.

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      • BURR July 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

        that would be intra, not inter


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  • middle of the road guy July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    You’d think all of the legal experts on this site would be applying to be a policeman, just so they can enforce the laws evenly.

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  • laura July 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Officer Cage Byrd!!!

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  • q`Tzal July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Advocate and educate community members/groups and fellow officerson legal issues surrounding human powered transportation.

    There PPB; I fixed it for you.

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  • Lounge Master John July 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Would it be considered ‘conflict of interest’ if the owner of the Pedalounge applied for the position?

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