Police Officer

Spokane, WA
Spokane Police Department
Salary: $48,587.76-$84,459.60

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


**Now accepting applications from candidates who have taken and passed the Public Safety Testing, Inc. exam for the City of Spokane.  PST score must be less than six months old**

Performs general duty police work in the enforcement of laws and ordinances.


  • Exercises powers of arrest and control; defends self and uses force and deadly force; enforces motor vehicle laws; operates vehicle under emergency conditions and provides emergency assistance; responds to crime scenes and performs criminal investigations; participates in special operations.
  • Patrols a designated area on foot or in a radio and computer equipped vehicle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic and to enforce traffic and parking regulations.
  • Answers calls and investigates complaints involving accidents, fires, misdemeanors and felonies; investigates suspicious activities.
  • Administers first aid, interviews witnesses, gathers information and evidence, makes arrests, prepares reports, testifies as witness in court.
  • May be assigned, on a permanent or shift basis, to such specialized technical or administrative duties as: working police desk, maintenance of criminal records, license inspection, photographic and identification work, traffic safety training, field training, radio operation, etc.
  • Advises public on laws and ordinances, provides general information and otherwise assists the public.
  • Performs related work as required.


NOTE: Before applying, please read the Spokane City Police Department's Hiring Standards (Download PDF reader).

Open Entry (Must be met at time of application.)

  • Education: Completion of 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C or 2.0, which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English.
  • Experience: None

Licenses and Certifications (Must submit proof of valid license and current certification.)

  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

Other Requirements

  • Candidates must be 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Must be within the normal weight range for height.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.