Police Officer – Certified

Spokane, WA
Spokane Police Department

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

$48,587.76 – $84,459.60 Annually


• 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.


Open Entry Requirements: (Open entry applicants must meet all requirements when they apply.)
• 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: Successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
• Licenses: Possession of a valid driver's license; and a valid Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy certification.

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 a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident.
• Must be within the normal weight range for height.
• Physical requirements for this position, including eyesight, hearing, and other physical abilities are consistent with state law and guidelines.
• All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.
• A police record may be grounds for rejection.