Police Officer (Entry Level)

Puyallup, WA
Puyallup Police Department

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.

The Puyallup Police Department is a growing, mid-sized law enforcement agency, which is committed to problem-oriented policing. The department is divided into four divisions: Patrol, Investigations, Professional Services and Administration. The department has achieved a high level of automation in recent years, and continues to seek modern and innovative service enhancements. The City enjoys the advantage of operating its own 365-day Detention Facility.

Our career development plan provides opportunities which include: Problem Orientation Policing unit, bicycle, detective, SWAT, K-9, traffic unit and regional drug enforcement task force. The department values training, and takes full advantage of courses and certifications offered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and other learning institutions.

$73,524.00 – $98,040.00 Annually


• 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.


Education and Experience:
• High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Special Qualifications:
• Minimum 21 years of age.
• 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.