Entry Level Police Officer
Individuals classified as Police Officers are assigned to patrol duty or other special assignments necessary to maintain public peace and order, to protect life and property, to prevent crime, to apprehend suspected violators of the law, and otherwise to assure the enforcement of State laws and City ordinances under the jurisdiction of the office of the Chief of Police.
$72,816.00 – $95,064.00 Annually
Examples of Essential Duties
• The responsibilities and duties of a Police Officer may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Driving a police vehicle to patrol the City. Maintaining continual observation of areas patrolled including residential, business, rural and industrial facilities; observe for evidence of illegal activity in progress or which has already occurred or any other irregular activity which indicates need for attention.
• Patrolling on foot as necessary to perform job thoroughly. Investigating conditions such as open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious locations.
• Using portable or car-mounted radio transmitters/receivers as necessary to exchange any and all job-related information.
• Enforcing motor vehicle operating regulations. Apprehending violators; issuing warnings or citations, making arrests or taking other action as deemed warranted by the circumstances. As necessary, coordinating such activities with County Deputy Sheriff's, Washington State Patrol Officers and Police Officers in other jurisdictions in accordance with established policy.
• Operating radar unit to discover speed violations; performing routine radio checks of vehicle identification against current stolen vehicles and identifying violator drivers against outstanding arrest warrants.
• Investigating and assisting drivers and pedestrians in difficulty. Resolving such situations or referring to proper authorities.
• Directing traffic during abnormal situations such as accidents, fires or periods of congestion.
• Performing crowd control activities at public gatherings as warranted under particular circumstances including dispersal of unruly individuals or groups.
• Responding to any and all emergency calls, including traffic accidents, public or private altercations, robberies, burglaries, thefts, industrial or home injuries, water accidents or deaths, and other related emergency calls.
• Responding to personally sensitive calls such as family disturbances, missing persons and domestic altercations, exercising caution relative to personal safety, safety of others at scene; taking appropriate steps to calm the parties as necessary to resolve the immediate situation.
• Assessing the nature and urgency of the problem upon arrival at scene of call; immediately determining the circumstances and persons in relation to nature of call, whether situation warrants routine or emergency handling, and whether other officers or superior officers should be called to the scene.
• Arresting or detaining suspects for probable cause as warranted; taking all steps necessary to preserve and control crime scene; may assist in the initial investigation including interview of victim and witnesses.
• Reporting to scene of accidents; as necessary, administering first-aid; summoning medical personnel; controlling accident scene; interviewing principals, witnesses; preparing general sketch of accident scene noting details; and completing standard accident reports. Issuing citations or making arrests as situation warrants.
• Arresting or detaining suspects, employing level of physical force necessary only to control individuals as warranted under circumstances; handcuffing and searching individuals; advising individual of rights; and transporting to local detention facilities.
• Appearing in court as arresting officer to present evidence, facts, details of circumstances, and otherwise testifying against persons accused of crimes; responding to questioning and cross-examination from prosecuting and defense attorneys.
• Preparing written reports to sufficient legibility and clarity that others without knowledge of the incident or situation can readily comprehend the facts and assure that the reports can serve as the basis for subsequent investigations for court proceedings and testimony.
• Explaining content of law to persons involved in a dispute, describing the process of filing a formal complaint, the extent of law enforcement powers, and the responsibility of citizens to follow prescribed legal procedures; informing those involved of the law applicable to their situation and their alternatives or referring to employee of high classification.
• Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, criminal identification, rules of evidence, recordkeeping and all other aspects of law enforcement.
• Determining when to use flashing lights and sirens while driving a police vehicle, and determining how to drive in order to respond to emergency calls or apprehend offenders consistent with departmental policies and procedures.
• Determining when and how to use appropriately OC spray, defensive baton, firearms, or other defensive devices in any specific situations.
• Setting-up and operating BAC breathalyzer machine.
Minimum Qualifications (For Entry Level Officer):
• United States citizenship or a lawful permanent resident.
• Minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age by certification date of eligibility list.
• High school graduate with an Associate degree in Law Enforcement preferred.
• Satisfactory completion of medical exam and drug screen by a licensed physician to ensure that no physical, emotional, sensory or mental conditions exist which could preclude individuals from performing the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
• Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid State of Washington Driver's License.
• Driving record free of significant or serious moving violations.
• Personal record free of any crimes or convictions for crimes involving moral character such as theft, dishonesty, or history of regular usage of illegal/illicit drugs, etc. as stated in Civil Service regulations.
• Successful completion of written, oral, physical ability, psychological and polygraph tests as prescribed by the Police Civil Service Commission.
• Possession of or ability to obtain a Basic Law Enforcement School Certificate issued by the State of Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. Out of state candidates, who have previously certified in another state, must pass the CJTC equivalency examination.
• Ability to satisfactorily complete field training in which methods, procedures and techniques of law enforcement work are presented by field training officers.