Lateral Police Officer

Monroe, WA
Monroe Police Department

Salary: $6,939.00 – $9,058.00 Monthly.

Position Summary:

Enforce state and local laws and respond to complaints and requests for police services from community residents and businesses. Patrol residential and business districts, enforce traffic laws, investigate accidents and criminal incidents, apprehend suspects, mediate domestic and other disputes and write detailed reports in keeping with departmental procedures.

Essential Functions:

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate verbal communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment while maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such document as citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Perform other duties as directed.


  • Successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Training Academy or approved basic training program (see WAC 139-05-210) within in the last thirty-six (36) months of full-time paid service as a sworn police officer in a civilian governmental jurisdiction. Out of state applicants must successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Equivalency Examination within one (1) year after employment.
  • Maintain permanent residence within thirty (30) miles of the City of Monroe police department.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, a Washington State Driver’s License. Driving record free of suspensions or revocations.
  • Must not have any felony convictions.
  • Maintain good physical condition and minimum levels of fitness as described by departmental policy.
  • Personal character consistent with department values as demonstrated by absence of sustained complaints and/or internal investigations, receipt of “Meets Standards” performance on past 2 year evaluation form, no violation of Monroe Police Department’s SOP, etc.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • High School diploma or GED required.