Police Officer (Academy Graduate – Entry)

Yakima, WA
Yakima Police Department

Salary
$5,726.93 – $7,179.47 Monthly

The Yakima Police Department is highly focused on the reduction of violent crime through exceptional customer service. If you’re a role model, a guardian, and a mentor who seeks challenge, excitement, and daily opportunities to make a positive difference in your community, you’ve come to the right place!

THE CITY OF YAKIMA IS A PREMIER EMPLOYER LOCATED IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON WITH EXTENSIVE OPPORTUNITES FOR TRAINING AND GROWTH.

THE CITY OFFERS A COMPETITIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE INCLUDING:

* A TAKE HOME VEHICLE PROGRAM (ON & OFF DUTY USE)
* A COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH BENEFIT PROGRAM
* FREE ACCESS TO A HI-QUALITY HEALTHCARE CLINIC
* 300+ DAYS OF SUNSHINE
* GREAT COST AND QUALITY OF LIFE!

Job Summary
Under the general supervision of a commanding officer, Police Officers are sworn, general authority law enforcement officers who perform a wide variety of public safety and community care-taking duties including preserving the peace, protecting life and property, enforcing laws and ordinances, deterring and preventing crime, investigating criminal activity and providing public safety education.

Essential Functions

  • Enforces laws and ordinances and complies with guidelines established by applicable laws, regulations, directives and superiors.
  • Maintains current knowledge of circumstances, trends, practices, laws and legal decisions affecting the law enforcement profession and his or her area of responsibility; familiarizes self with current information relating to department operations and administration.
  • Patrols assigned areas in a police vehicle, by bicycle or on foot; responds to requests for police service; identifies conditions which present a hazard to public safety; observes and investigates suspicious persons, circumstances and activities; deters, detects and investigates crimes; identifies and apprehends criminals and traffic offenders; facilitates the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic; investigates traffic collisions; provides other assistance to the public consistent with the goals and objectives of the department.
  • Protects crime and accident scenes; identifies, documents, collects and safeguards evidence and stolen property; aids the injured; locates and interviews witnesses; interrogates, arrests and confines offenders; recommends measures to prevent victimization.
  • Investigates assigned cases; locates and interviews victims, suspects and witnesses; collects and submits evidence for analysis; prepares detailed investigative reports and submits cases for prosecution.
  • Prepares comprehensive, factual investigative reports for use by other officers, agencies and court officers; provides factual, unbiased testimony in court; maintains accurate notes and logs of activities; maintains confidentiality of information learned in the course of his or her duties.

APPLICANTS FOR  THIS POSITION MUST HAVE 

  1. Graduate of the WSCJTC Basic Academy holding a current and valid certification through the WSCJTC;
  2. Graduate of a WSCJTC recognized equivalent training program as defined by WAC139-05-210 who meet the conditions established by WSCJTC at the time of hire;
  3. Graduate of the Washington State Patrol Training Academy;
  4. Graduate of any US State Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants for Academy Graduate Entry into the Police Department must be one of the following:

  1. Graduate of the WSCJTC Basic Academy holding a current and valid certification through the WSCJTC;
  2. Graduate of a WSCJTC recognized equivalent training program as defined by WAC139-05-210 who meet the conditions established by WSCJTC at the time of hire;
  3. Graduate of the Washington State Patrol Training Academy;
  4. Graduate of any US State Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Experience as an officer is not required. If not currently working in law enforcement, applicant must have been separated from previous agency for less than two (2) years.

Applicants for this position must 21 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident, must be able to read and write the English language, must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, must be in good health and of good moral character.   Applicants must pass a pre-selection interview, situational based assessment, pre-suitability testing, polygraph examination, psychological examination, medical examination, drug screening, and a comprehensive background investigation regarding applicant’s aptitude, character, judgment, credit, driving record, criminal history and verification of immigrant or citizenship status as either a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident.  Applicant must possess normal color vision, and visual acuity of not less than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye.

Verification of Peace Officer certification must be attached to application.  

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES:  Must obtain/possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.  Applicants who have not graduated from Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy (WSCJTC) must obtain certificate of completion within 15 months of hire date. Applicants eligible for WSCJTC equivalency training must receive certification of completion within 6 months of hire.