Police Officer Recruit (Entry Level)

Tacoma, WA
City of Tacoma/Tacoma Police Department

Salary: $33.51 – $40.11 Hourly
Job Type: Classified
Job Number: 4201-21B
Closing: 10/15/2021 3:00 PM Pacific

The test date for this recruitment is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021. The PAT and the written exam will be held on the same day. Candidates who pass the PAT will be invited to attend the written exam in the afternoon.

Please Note: During the hiring process candidates will be required to attend testing or interviews in-person. We are closely monitoring CDC reports pertaining to COVID-19, and have put measures in place for the safety of our own staff and those applying for positions with our department.

This is general duty police work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, maintenance of order, and prevention and investigation of crimes. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures prescribed by superior officers and normally consists of routine patrol, traffic regulations, and crime prevention and investigation on motorcycles, or on foot.

Work involves a substantial element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion in emergencies.

All assignments in this class involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of police functions, for tactful and courteous treatment of the public, and for conscientious and efficient performance of duties under little direct supervision.

Employees may be assigned to work on special assignments that call upon specialized ability and knowledge usually attained through experience as a uniformed Police Officer.

Assignments and general and special instructions are received from superior officers who review work by personal inspection, check of reports, and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the employee and the entire police service.

Primary Duties

  • Successfully complete the Basic Law Enforcement Academy provided by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission;
  • Learn and apply knowledge of basic first aid procedures;
  • Resolve a variety of potentially volatile and dangerous situations in a calm, confident, and effective manner;
  • Drive a patrol car under normal and adverse conditions;
  • Train and use firearms safely in accordance with departmental rules;
  • Clean and maintain assigned firearms and vehicles;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Learn, interpret and apply modern principles, practices, and procedures of police work;
  • Write clear and comprehensive reports;
  • Work with the public and coworkers in a professional and courteous manner;
  • Show initiative in performing job functions, and ability to enforce federal, state and local laws.

City of Tacoma Recruitment

The City of Tacoma wants to employ a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Transforming Tacoma

The Tacoma Police Department is a proud participant in Transforming Tacoma; actively working to develop pragmatic, specific recommendations and reforms that the Tacoma Police Department and the City of Tacoma can implement to strengthen the Tacoma Police Department’s relationship with Tacoma’s community; ensure that the Tacoma Police Department’s activities and operations are safe, just, effective, lawful, and consistent with national, best, emerging, and transformational practices. For more information about this effort, please visit the Transforming Tacoma website.


Minimum Qualifications

  • You must be a United States citizen;
  • You must possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • You must be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application – and be 21 years of age by date of appointment;
  • You must be able to meet the physical requirements and medical standards prescribed by the City of Tacoma and Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.


  • You must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at time of application. A valid Washington State driver’s license is required for employment (with maintenance thereafter) and driving history will be thoroughly assessed during the hiring process.
  • First Aid and CPR card upon hire with maintenance thereafter.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

  • Above-average physical endurance in running, climbing and lifting as well as good balance, hearing and vision.
  • Work includes indoor and outdoor environment.
  • Employees typically work Monday through Friday, some evening and weekend work.
  • Incumbents in this classification may be exposed to gunfire, toxic chemicals, traffic hazards and occasional driving at high speeds.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Fluent English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Principles, practices and procedures used in police work.
  • State, County and City laws and ordinances.
  • Recent legislation and court decisions affecting police duties.
  • Traffic and crowd control techniques.
  • Rules of evidence and laws of arrest.
  • Operation of a variety of specialized police vehicles and equipment.
  • Crime scene preservation and investigation methods and techniques.
  • Basic First Aid procedures.
  • Operation of a personal computer.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Maintain proficiency in driving and in the use of firearms in accordance with department guidelines.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Understand scope of authority.
  • Relate effectively to people of a variety of cultures, languages, abilities and social-economic situations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Comply with safety standards and regulations.