Lateral Police Officer

Toppenish, WA
Toppenish Police Department

Salary range: $5,533 – $6,667 Monthly.

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Provide law enforcement services to the City. May provide special security and law enforcement services to schools. Respond to calls for emergency assistance. Assist the public by providing police services, apprehending violators of the law, providing emergency medical aid, educating the public concerning crime/crime avoidance, travel/roadside assistance, jail administration, traffic enforcement, and neighborhood patrol. Participate in mandatory training. Create reports, assists in criminal investigations and provides special guidance to school administrators and students. May provide instruction to other officers. Reports to a sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol assigned area ensuring a safe, secure, lawful and orderly environment.
  • Respond to requests for law enforcement and safety services.
  • Apprehend violators of the law.
  • Provide emergency medical aid as appropriate.
  • Prepare incident reports.
  • Make presentations to the public regarding laws and law enforcement issues.
  • Provide support to the jail and court system.
  • Participate in mandatory training.
  • Assist in incident investigations.
  • Provide instruction to other officers as appropriate.
  • Serve as a back up for Dispatchers, as requested.
  • Assist with animal control issues.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Possess a thorough knowledge of police and law enforcement processes and techniques.
  • Ability to use a variety of computer hardware and software applications.
  • Possess a good knowledge of accepted rules, regulations and procedures regarding emergency situations and medical procedures and techniques.
  • Possess the ability to analyze a variety of complex situations and make quick logical decisions.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to operate a variety of motor vehicles.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, telephone etiquette, the use of discretion in all contacts and the capacity for mentoring and teamwork.
  • Mental activities include decision making, applying interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.
  • Physical activities require the ability to exert a high level of energy at times, the ability to walk, run, stand, bend, reach, sit, stoop kneel, feel, handle, grasp, and to keyboard. Also possess the physical abilities to talk, see and hear.
  • Possess some higher education or vocational training beyond high school in the area of law enforcement, criminal justice, etc. or related discipline.
  • Must be a graduate of a law enforcement academy or equivalent.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.