Police Officer (Entry Level)

Puyallup, WA
Puyallup Police Department

Salary: $85,020.00 – $113,352.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Puyallup Police Officers work in a supportive community, performing a variety of duties related to the suppression and prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the preservation of the public peace. Police Officers are responsible for the enforcement of laws, and for giving aid and information to citizens in the community.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols a designated area of the City during an assigned shift, to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce traffic regulations. Patrols an assigned area in a patrol vehicle, on a motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot.
  • Answers calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, domestic situations, robberies and other misdemeanors, disturbances and felonies and takes necessary police action.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes and accidents; gathers evidence; locates and questions witnesses.
  • Apprehends, interviews, and arrests suspects; restrains suspects if necessary.
  • Interviews witnesses and/or complainants; collects material evidence and performs crime scene work; performs surveillance; testifies as a witness in court.
  • Prepares and submits reports; operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database, word processing, and other applications, to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Assists other jurisdictions and agencies.
  • Participates in undercover investigation of narcotics, gambling, vice, and other activities, violations and crimes.
  • May be called on at any time for emergency duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Minimum 21 years of age at time of testing.
  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain, and maintain throughout employment, a valid Washington State driver’s license.