Entry Level Police Officer (Pre-Commissioned)

Auburn, WA
Auburn Police Department

Salary: $92,861.28 – $110,682.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for general police work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, maintenance of order, and prevention and investigation of crimes. Work involves a substantial element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion in emergencies. All assignments in this class involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of police functions, for tactful and courteous treatment of the public, and for conscientious and efficient performance of duties under little direct supervision.

Essential Functions:

  • Responds to emergency and routine calls for service.
  • Performs computer inquiries from the patrol vehicle and stationary terminals.
  • Thoroughly and clearly documents incidents and actions by writing reports, field interview cards, and daily logs.
  • Patrols assigned areas; patrols business districts and residential neighborhoods to provide an element of safety through obvious visibility; looks for crimes or potential crimes in progress; prevents crimes, as necessary.
  • Acts as a primary investigator of all crimes occurring with assigned areas; makes arrests when warranted; may use varying degrees of physical force to overcome resisting suspects and to protect oneself and/or others from injury.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects on foot and in vehicles; performs rescue and pursuit operations, which may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles; climbing over and pulling oneself up and over obstacles; jumping down from elevated obstacles; climbing through openings; jumping; and using physical force to gain entry through barriers.
  • Takes immediate action to remedy hazards and protect life and property; must be able to physically hear conversations, instructions, and common warnings; must have adequate vision to effectively perform police functions, even during the evening and in times of low light.
  • Investigates and/or handles complaints including, but not limited to, family disputes, juvenile disputes, and mentally challenged persons; provides basic first aid and resuscitation to injured people.
  • Must be prepared and capable of physical exertion to protect themselves and provide immediate life-saving measures to others.
  • Stops traffic violators and takes appropriate action; identifies suspicious individuals and questions their activities; apprehends violators and offenders of the law, sometimes involving a substantial element of danger.
  • Attempts to tactfully diffuse any verbal or physical abuse, which may occur while performing work assignments; endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others in the work environment.
  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing, even in court and other formal settings.


  • Must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent.
  • Must be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  • Must be at least 20-1/2 years of age at the time of application and must be 21 years of age by date of hire.
  • Must be able to fluently read and write the English language using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Must be able to meet all Civil Service Rules and Regulations, including the physical requirements listed in Rule 21.01.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must qualify quarterly for firearms; CPR certification annually; BAC verifier certification.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation; polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, credit check, and a medical physical, including a drug-screening test.
  • Must be able to qualify for Access Certification.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.