Police Officer

Pullman, WA
Pullman Police Department

Performs law enforcement, crime investigation, and crime prevention work. Primary responsibility is for the protection of life and property through enforcing statutes and laws. Duties normally consist of patrol and traffic activities in the city on an assigned shift in a patrol car, on a bicycle, or on foot and answering calls for service. Duties include investigation of crimes and traffic accidents. Employees may be delegated assignments in specialized areas such as major investigations, training, or officer-in-charge in the absence of a Police Sergeant. Officers are hired at trainee status until successful completion of basic academy certification requirements. As experience and training is gained, the employee is eligible to progress to first class police officer status. Qualified lateral entry officers may be eligible for 3rd class officer status (mid pay range) upon employment. Direct supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of positions in this class unless delegated officer-in-charge duties. Reports to a shift commander (Sergeant) who reviews work performance for quality of reports written and law enforcement activities.

Open Until: April 3, 2020 at 05:00 PM PST
Rate of Pay: $5,288 – $7,702


Conducts investigations regarding possible law violation, obtaining and verifying factual information from involved persons; interacts with families of suspects, victims, or offenders to obtain and provide information; acquires and protects all evidence including recording observed and verbally reported data in relation to possible crime related violations; verbally interacts with witnesses and victims, suspects, and offenders to obtain information.

Determines existence of probable cause, identifies, and takes suspects and offenders into physical custody; conducts examinations of persons, vehicles, premises, or areas to determine the presence of individuals or illegal activities or articles; takes necessary steps to locate, identify, and impound property taken from rightful owners; takes suspect or offender into custody and delivers them to appropriate confine­ment location, maintaining security and safety of individuals being moved from one place to another; transfers or accepts custody of suspects or offenders and participates in comple­tion of required jail intake procedures.

Is assigned an active case load requiring follow-up investigations and continues with assigned investigation, unless relieved of the case by a supervisor, until the investigation leads to a logical conclusion.

Initiates public service activities and responds to requests from persons for information and assistance; seeks to resolve disputes between family members and disputes between two or more persons; controls small or large groups of people involved in potential or actual disturbance situations including civil disorders; meets with citizen groups in programs directed toward understanding of law, crime preven­tion, and the criminal justice system.

Monitors and directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic and enforces traffic regulations. Issues traffic citations and infractions where appropriate.

Conducts investigations of traffic accidents.

Participates in directed patrol activities in either a motor vehicle, on a bicycle, or on foot.


Entry-Level Qualifications include: 21 years of age at time of appointment; high school graduate or G.E.D.; U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language; possession of valid driver's license; and ability to pass a background check. Successful candidates must also meet the minimum requirements of Section 41.12.070 of the Revised Code of Washington.

Lateral-Transfer Qualifications: in addition to the qualifications above, include: Shall have successfully completed the Washington State Law Enforcement Basic Academy or an academy which meets the criteria of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, in which case, if hired, the candidate must successfully challenge the regular Academy program through participation in the basic equivalency process. Currently employed as a full-time commissioned law enforcement officer with two years of continuous law enforcement experience or one year full-time commissioned continuous law enforcement experience with satisfactory performance and have 30 credit hours or 45 quarter hours of college credits at an accredited institution.