Police Officer (Lateral/Experienced)

Puyallup, WA
Puyallup Police Department
Salary: $82,016.41-$86,328.00 Annually

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.

$82,016.41 – $86,328.00 Annually


Essential Functions
• Patrol 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. Patrol an assigned area in a patrol vehicle, on a motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot.
• Answer calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, domestic situations, robberies and other misdemeanors, disturbances and felonies and take necessary police action.
• Conduct preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes and accidents; gather evidence; locate and question witnesses.
• Apprehend, interview, and arrest suspects; restrain suspects if necessary.
• Interview witnesses and/or complainant; collect material evidence and perform crime scene work; perform surveillance; testify as a witness in court.
• Prepare and submit reports; operate 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.
• Assist other jurisdictions and agencies.
• Participate 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.
Police Officers report to the Police Sergeants and are directly responsible to the Sergeants for the effective operation of assigned functions.


Ability to:
• Work in partnership with the community to solve law enforcement issues and to improve the quality of life for Puyallup residents.
• Meet the minimum standards of strength, agility and endurance as specified in the Cooper Test (or other approved test) conducted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
• Learn pertinent State and local laws and departmental policies and procedures.
• Think and act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations.
• Maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
• Deal with the public in a tactful, pleasant and courteous manner.
• Follow verbal and written instructions.
• Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work.
• Safely operate city vehicles, including in emergency situations and in inclement weather.
• Maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.

Education and Experience:
• High school diploma or GED equivalent.
• Minimum of two (2) years of full-time police experience in a city, county, or state police agency in Washington State OR a minimum of three (3) years of full-time police experience in a city, county, or state police agency in another state.
• If not currently employed as a police officer, must have no break in service of more than 24 months.
• Graduate of a state or regional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or equivalent, as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WACJTC). Equivalency examination within six months of hire required as a condition of employment.

Special Qualifications:
• Minimum age 23 years at time of application.
• 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.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Five (5) years or more of police experience in a city or county police agency with a police specialty in addition to patrol service.
• Associate of Arts degree in police science or a Bachelor's degree in law and justice or related field.