Entry Level Police Officer

Olympia, WA
Olympia Police Department

Salary: $94,453.56 – $116,642.40.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, performs general duty police work to enforce the law, preserve public safety and order, and apprehend offenders.

Essential Functions:

1. Patrols designated area of the City during an assigned shift in a patrol car, on a motorcycle or on foot.
2. Responds to calls for police assistance or investigation; establishes and maintains control of persons and traffic at the scene; provides protection of life and property, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, takes statements, issues citations and makes arrests.
3. Prepares written reports in accordance with departmental policies and procedures, including case, complaint and shift reports.
4. Appears personally in court and testifies as witness or arresting officer.
5. Prepares and presents oral presentations as a public service to schools, community action groups and the general public.
6. Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.

Requirements:

  • Requires graduation from an approved law enforcement training academy prior to appointment.
  • Police Officer – Academy Graduates are employed at a rate 10% below step A of the salary range for Police Officer.
  • When Academy Graduates complete FTO training and are capable of independently performing assigned police duties, they advance to step A of the salary range.
  • Graduation from an approved law enforcement training academy and ability to meet standards prescribed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for equivalency is required.
  • Police Officer – Recruit: High School graduation or GED equivalent.
  • Police Officer – Academy Graduate: Candidates must be employed as a full-time, paid peace officer with a municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency within the previous 24 months at the time of application.
  • Graduation from an approved law enforcement training academy and ability to meet standards prescribed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for equivalency is required.
  • Police Officers must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • A valid Washington State Drivers’ License is required upon employment.
  • Successful completion of polygraph and psychological examinations, and criminal background investigation are required prior to hire.
  • Ability to meet and maintain physical and health standards is a condition of employment.
  • Ability to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal or State regulations is a condition of continuing employment.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence may result in not being hired or termination of employment as a commissioned police officer.