Certified Peace Officer

Port Orchard, WA
Port Orchard Police Department

Salary: $39.98 – $49.48 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision from the Police Sergeant, the Police Officer is responsible for protecting lives and property within his/her jurisdiction. It is important for persons in this position to maintain a high public profile in order to deter criminal behavior.

This is a non-supervisory position. However, a Police Officer may supervise a new officer or Police Reserve Officer as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Operates a motor vehicle for extended periods of time in all environmental conditions, and on occasion at high speeds and in congested traffic situations.
  • Apprehends those suspected of unlawful activity, cautiously observing legal guidelines regarding arrests and individual civil rights.
  • Patrols city limits from a police car, other police vehicle or on foot to monitor activity.
  • Monitors and enforces traffic laws and safety ordinances within a prescribed jurisdiction.
  • Patrols and examines buildings and residences to detect suspicious conditions.
  • Detects and/or prevents criminal activities.
  • Directs traffic in congested and emergency areas; reports safety hazards.
  • Identifies and eliminates hazards to public safety.
  • Issues citations for various infractions.
  • Responds to scene of accident and investigates cause.
  • Responds to calls for service and assistance.
  • Provides first aid as needed.
  • Investigates and interviews victims, witnesses and potential suspects.
  • Appears in court to testify as needed.
  • Conducts detailed investigations and gathers information that pertains to suspected criminal activities.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations based upon reports and other data compiled by department personnel.
  • Searches for and preserves evidence.
  • Makes oral and written reports.
  • Prepares reports pertaining to arrests and investigations.
  • Records information related to daily patrol activities and preparation of reports based on this information to aid in the prosecution of offenders.
  • Maintains liaison with other departments and agencies.
  • Participates in various training sessions.
  • Become qualified and obtain any certifications required by local, state or federal law.
  • Conducts light preventative maintenance on departmental equipment.
  • Meet minimum department standards on firearms qualification.
  • May be required to attend meetings during other than normal work hours and may also be called back to work before or after regularly scheduled work hours or on scheduled days off.
  • Will be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and will be subject to shift assignment and/or rotation in accordance with established procedures.
  • Reliable and regular attendance is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or lawful permanent resident.
  • Be able to read and write the English language.
  • Possess valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • Have the ability to read, understand and interpret ordinances, laws, and other operating procedures and to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Have the ability and willingness to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Possess a current and valid Peace Officer Certification from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  • Have been employed as a full-time sworn police officer within the last 24 months prior to date of hire.
  • Be legally permitted to possess a firearm in the State of Washington.
  • Be capable of passing applicable service or City required employment testing, including, but not limited to, medical examination, to include a drug screening, psychological examination, and polygraph or voice stress analyzer (VSA) examination (when legally permissible).
  • Be capable of satisfactorily completing prescribed courses of training during in-service training progress, as required.
  • Not otherwise qualify to apply as a Lateral Entry applicant.