Lateral Police Officer

Aberdeen, WA
Aberdeen Police Department

$6,532.00 – $7,200.00 Monthly

Examples of Duties

  • Receives and responds to radio calls and requests for emergency assistance such as from crimes of violence, unruly crowds, auto accidents, child neglect, thefts and fraud, vandalism and a variety of other misdemeanors and felonies. Administers first aid and requests medical assistance.  Intervenes in disputes and takes necessary steps to restore the peace.
  • Patrols an assigned area in a radio patrol car to aid in preventing, crime and to enforce federal, state and city laws and regulations. Checks buildings for security and maintains surveillance of gathering places. Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Conducts the initial investigation of incidents; gathers evidence, interviews victims, witnesses and suspects, and preserves scene for further investigation. Arrests and transports prisoners to jail, participates in booking procedure and conducts prisoner to cell.
  • Conducts assigned follow-up investigations of actual or suspected felonies and misdemeanors. Inspects site of crime, take photographs and interviews victims, witnesses and suspects. Collects and evaluates evidence using lab analysis, fingerprinting and other methods. Completes investigations to submit cases for prosecution.
  • Testifies in court in those cases where he/she made the arrest, investigated the crime or issued a citation.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of: basic principles and procedures of crime prevention, law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Ability to: learn and understand laws of arrest, search and seizure and rules of evidence; respond quickly and exercise sound judgment in emergency situations; learn proper methods of physical restraint of other persons; use firearms safely and accurately; maintain cooperative and responsible attitude toward co-workers and general public; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; physically perform the work assignments.


High school degree or GED equivalent.  College coursework in police science and related subjects is desirable.

Supplemental Information


  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • No record of felony conviction or excessive traffic violations.
  • Good moral character and honesty are of the utmost importance.
  • Minimum age of 21 years.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job tasks.
  • Ability to proficiently read and write the English language.
  • Ability to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal and State regulations.
  • No history of domestic violence.
  • Very limited to no recreational drug use.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must meet be able to meet and maintain the requirements of the RCW Chapter 43.101 and WACs for a peace officer certifications.
  • Bilingual is preferred.