Lateral Police Officer

Lake Forest Park, WA
Lake Forest Park Police Department

$73,248.00 – $91,536.00 Annually

The City of Lake Forest Park is currently accepting lateral applications for the position of Police Officer. Lake Forest Park Police employs 20 full time commissioned Officers and 3 support staff members. Lake Forest Park is on the Northshore of Lake Washington and is a great supportive community. With low crime rates, our police officers have the ability to make a difference for our citizens.

Essential Functions

The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities.

  • Patrols the city to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce traffic regulations.
  • Provides assistance to citizens in critical and/or emergency situations where the security of lives and/or property may be endangered.
  • Takes all steps necessary to preserve and control crime scene(s); may assist in the initial investigation including the interview of victim(s) witnesses, and/or suspects.
  • Enforces criminal, traffic and parking laws and ordinances; investigates criminal activity and violations; issues citations and notices of infractions; prepares probable cause statements; books offenders into detention facilities.
  • Operates a speed measuring devices to discover speed violations; accesses law enforcement databases to determine stolen or wanted status of vehicles or persons.
  • Assists drivers and pedestrians in difficulty; resolves or refers such situations to proper authorities.
  • Directs traffic during abnormal situations such as: natural disaster emergencies, accidents, fires or periods of congestion; performs crowd control activities at public gatherings as warranted under particular circumstances including dispersal of unruly individuals or groups.
  • Responds to any and all emergency calls including: traffic collisions, altercations, robberies, burglaries, thefts, industrial or home injuries, water accidents or deaths and other related emergency calls; takes appropriate reporting or enforcement action.
  • Responds to personally sensitive calls such as: family disturbances, missing persons and domestic violence exercising caution relative to personal safety and safety of others at scene; takes appropriate steps to calm the parties as necessary to resolve the immediate situation; takes appropriate reporting or enforcement action.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

  • United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident.
  • At least 21 years of age by certification date of eligibility list.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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 by date of hire.
  • 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 oral, 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.

Lateral Officer Minimum Qualifications
In addition to the minimum qualifications listed above, the following minimum qualifications apply to lateral entry officers:

  • At least two years of service employed as full-time law enforcement officer in a police, sheriff’s, or other state law enforcement agency.
  • Successfully completed probation and possess current basic certification upon application from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC), which can be obtained by successfully completing the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Out of state candidates who have been previously certified in another state, must successfully pass the WSCJTC equivalency Academy and Examination within one year of appointment.