Police Officer Recruit

Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Police Department

$5,544.00 Monthly

12/31/2022 4:30 PM Pacific


Participates in formal and on-the-job training in law enforcement principles, techniques and procedures, departmental organization, rules, policies, and related laws. Also receives training in the use, care and maintenance of assigned equipment.


  1. Attends a 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy, which will provide classroom and field instruction in basic police procedures, techniques and laws.
  2. Participates in on-the-job training under the direct supervision of an experienced training officer. Observes and assists experienced officers responding to calls and requests for police assistance.
  3. May assist in conducting investigations and participate in legal search and surveillance activities.
    Participates in range training as assigned.
  4. Attends meetings and prepares reports as assigned.


Experience and Training

  • Associate’s Degree or two years (90 quarter hours/60 semester hours) of general education course work toward a degree at an accredited college or university.
    • The requirement for an Associates Degree or two years of general education course work has been temporarily suspended under a pilot program. All officers hired while the pilot program is in effect will not be required to have or obtain the education requirement.
  •  Bilingual proficiency highly desirable.