Police Officer – Experienced (Lateral)

Kirkland, WA
Kirkland Police Department

$80,256.00 – $104,639.40 Annually

Job Summary

Performs the functions of law enforcement necessary to maintain community interaction, public peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, apprehend violators of the law and otherwise assure proper enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the City of Kirkland and the State of Washington. Contribute to the apprehension of criminal suspects by conducting preliminary and follow-up investigations. This would involve contacting and interviewing witnesses and victims of a crime; sketching, photographing a crime scene; dusting for latent fingerprints; and collecting other evidence and preserving the chain of evidence. The position prepares criminal investigation reports and testifies in court.

** Note: The Kirkland Police Department will pay a new Lateral Police Officer a hiring bonus of $16,000, payable in 3 installments:

$5,000 to be paid on the first paycheck following the Officer’s hire

$5,000 to be paid after successful completion of the field training program

$6,000 to be paid upon successful completion of the probationary period

Minimum Qualifications

At time of application you must be 21 years of age; a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident, must not have any felony convictions as an adult and have vision correctable to 20/20 in each eye. Must possess the ability to read, write and speak fluent English. Must have the physical capability to successfully meet the Criminal Justice Training Commission Fitness Ability Test Battery. Must have successfully completed an accredited Police Basic Training Academy curriculum and have a minimum of 12 months full-time service in the last 36 months (prefer current) as a sworn municipal, county or state officer. Out of state laterals must complete the State Equivalency Academy. At time of hiring applicant must have a valid Washington State Drivers’ License.

All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.

Automatic Disqualifiers: Applicants should not apply if they indicate any of the following disqualifiers:

Driving: 1 or more criminal traffic convictions in the last 5 years (DUI, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run, etc.) Suspension of driver’s license within the past 5 years. Applicants driving record will be carefully reviewed.

Drug Use:

Any use or distribution of illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency

Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication

Criminal Activity: Any adult felony conviction, any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity, conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statute, any participation in the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics. Adult misdemeanor convictions and juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.

Employment: Dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces, lied during any stage of the hiring process, falsified application materials, Personal History Questionnaire, or any other forms during the hiring process, previous revocation or denial of any certified status (i.e., CJTC/POST) or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.

Financial: Failure to pay income tax or child support, any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession. Current credit accounts or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly reviewed.

Other: Tattoos on arms and legs which would be visible while wearing short-sleeved uniform shirts and/or uniform shorts may be submitted for review and approval for display per current policy language.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer current service (minimum of 12 months full-time) as a sworn municipal, county or state officer.