Experienced/Lateral Police Officer

Kent, WA
Kent Police Department

Salary: $86,976.00- $113,220.00 annually.

Position Summary:

Positions in this class are responsible for general duty police work involving the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, prevention and investigation of crimes, and maintenance of order within a designated area on an assigned shift, in patrol car, motorcycle, bicycle other conveyance for which training has been received, or on foot. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures, duty assignments, general and special instructions are received from supervisors who review work by personal inspection, checking of reports, and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the employee and adherence to established policies.

Essential Functions:

  • Responds to emergency and routine calls for service.
  • Performs computer inquiries from the patrol vehicle and stationary terminals.
  • Documents, thoroughly and clearly, incidents and actions by writing case reports, field interview cards, maintaining daily logs and preparing other related reports.
  • Patrols designated area of city in police vehicle, on foot patrol, bicycle patrol and/or other conveyances on an assigned shift; patrols business and residential districts to provide an element of safety by obvious visibility; looking for crimes or potential crimes in progress.
  • Acts as primary investigator of all crimes occurring within assigned areas during duty hours. Makes on scene arrests when warranted. Uses varying degrees of physical force to overcome resisting suspects and to protect himself/herself and 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 over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; and using physical force to gain entry through barriers.
  • Takes immediate action to remedy hazards and protect life and property. Must be physically able to hear conversations, instructions and common warnings. Must have adequate vision to effectively perform these functions in hours of darkness or low light.
  • Investigates and/or handles complaints involving family disputes, juveniles disputes, mentally disabled persons; provides first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • 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 remedial action; identifies suspicious individuals and questions their activities. Apprehends violators or offenders of the law, sometimes involving a substantial element of personal danger. In instances where lawful arrests are resisted the officer must be prepared and able at times through high levels of physical exertion to protect citizens, themselves, fellow officers and overcome the resistance.
  • Attempts to tactfully diffuse any verbal or physical abuse which may occur in the course of performing work assignments. Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and others encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Communicates effectively in court and other formal settings.
  • Searches for lost or wanted persons over varying terrain and conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Not less that 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Ability to fluently read and write the English language, using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Must meet minimum medical and health standards adopted by the Civil Service Commission.
  • Positions in this class must meet Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
  • Must possess a Washington State Drivers License or ability to obtain one.
  • Firearms qualification quarterly; CPR re-certification yearly; BAC verifier certification; WASIC certification – Access training
  • Successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s basic law enforcement academy or equivalency academy, within the time frame required by Washington State Law