Lateral Police Officer

Sumner, WA
Sumner Police Department

$81,252.00 – $103,968.00 Annually


  • $20,000 dollar hiring bonus paid in two increments (50% at hire and 50% upon successful completion of 12 month probationary period)
  • 40 hour starting sick leave bank
  • 40 hour starting management leave bank
  • Starting salary $7108-$8664 per month
  • Variable annual vacation accrual rates depending on qualifications
  • Must be in good standing or otherwise eligible for rehire by former agency.
  • Must possess a current WSCJTC Peace Officer Certification or meet the out of state equivalency requirements of WAC 139-05-210.


Performs a variety of duties related to the suppression and prevention of crime, the protection on life and property and the preservation of the public peace; responsible for the enforcement of laws and for giving aid and information to citizens in the community.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Patrols designated areas of the City, either in whole or in part, during an assigned shift, to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce Federal, State, and City of Sumner laws and regulations;
  • Answers calls and complaints involving traffic accidents, domestic situations, robberies, and other misdemeanors, disturbances, and felonies; takes necessary police action;
  • Observes, reports, and acts on conditions conducive to crime and danger; checks buildings for security; observes residences, schools, sports fields, banks, and vacant areas; checks suspicious persons and vehicles;
  • Issues infractions and citations, makes arrests, transports persons taken into custody, or takes other action as appropriate under the circumstances;
  • Prepares all forms, reports, and follow-up reports necessary to file felony and/or misdemeanor charges;
  • Prepares criminal cases for prosecution with either the City or County Prosecutor; interacts with prosecutors, attorneys, and court officials; testifies in court as required;
  • Conducts preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes and accidents; gathers evidence; locates and questions witnesses; testifies as a witness in court;
  • Patrols an area of the City as directed in a patrol vehicle, bicycle, or on foot; interviews witnesses and/or complaints; collects material evidence and performs crime scene work; performs surveillance; apprehends, interviews, and arrests suspects; prepares and submits reports; assists other jurisdictions and agencies; participates in undercover investigation of narcotics, gambling, vice, and other activities, violations and crimes; may be called on any time for emergency duties;
  • Conducts investigation assignments of suspected illegal activity or follow-up investigations of criminal cases. May also be called upon to conduct specialized investigations;
  • Collects and documents evidence and requests lab analysis as appropriate;
  • Reports traffic hazards and directs pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow when necessary or directed;
  • Disburses unruly crowds; enforces vehicle operation and parking regulations; issues warnings, notices of infraction, or citations as appropriate; responds to emergency calls including hazardous waste spills, bomb threats, and a wide variety of other calls;
  • Determines the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent action. May call for assistance of supervisors if necessary;
  • Takes command at scene of crime or accident; administers first aid and requests medical aid as necessary; takes statements and interviews victims and witnesses; examines situation; records vital information regarding causes and circumstances;


Education and Experience
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Two years experience as a fully commissioned law enforcement officer, with no more than a 24 month break in service. Successful completion and graduation from the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Equivalency Academy. Must obtain and maintain Washington State Peace Officer Certification. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Necessary Special Requirements
Must hold a valid Washington State driver’s license with driving record free from serious or frequent violations. Must pass a background check.

Must attain successful completion of training requirements prescribed by the Department.