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Police Officer - Entry Level

at City of Renton

Posted: 10/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2302964
Keywords: police, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Description

Base Salary: $64,128 to $91,200 Annually

  • The potential salary amount based on base pay and 6% education premium listed below is: $67,976 to $96,672.
  • Education Premium of 4% for an Associate Degree or 6% for a Bachelor's or Master's.
  • City contributes 3% of base wage towards deferred compensation plan.  An additional 3% is available for passing the annual Physical Fitness Test.
  • A 3% interpreter premium is available.
  • Take Home Car Program:  Officers are issued a take home vehicle after completion of FTO (based on vehicle availability)

Please visit to begin the application process.  You may only apply using the City of Renton online application for this position after successfully completing the written exam and physical agility testing process with Public Safety Testing.  As of January 1, 2019 there are 4 Police Officer openings.

About the City of Renton:
The City of Renton embraces a diverse and inclusive workforce and prides itself on promoting collaboration and teamwork in a positive environment while providing high quality services to the community.
The City or Renton, with a population of 104,100 (2018), is located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, just south of Seattle. Renton's strong economic base, diverse marketplace and favorable business climate have attracted the attention of nationally recognized companies that are providing employees and their families an outstanding quality of life. Renton is the home of Boeing, PACCAR, IKEA, and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Renton Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with 162 personnel comprised of 124 sworn and 34 non-sworn. The department is accredited by Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). Accreditation is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates a commitment to excellence. Our officers work very diligently to protect life and property, assist in the suppression of crime, apprehend criminals and enforce laws.

Perform general duty police work involving the protection of life and property; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; prevention and investigation of crimes and maintenance of order, on an assigned shift, in a patrol car, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or on foot.

Reports To:  Sergeant
Supervises:  None


Essential Functions:
  • Respond to emergency and routine dispatched calls as directed.
  • Patrol the City on an assigned shift in a police vehicle or on foot; patrol business and residential districts occasionally on foot to provide an element of safety by obvious visibility; look for crimes or potential crimes in progress.   
  • Answers calls and complaints involving criminal and noncriminal activities, fires, traffic collisions, domestic situations, disturbances and takes appropriate police action.
  • Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons as required.
  • Stop traffic violators, identify suspicious individuals and take appropriate action; apprehend violators or offenders of the law, sometimes involving a substantial element of personal danger and use of physical force.
  • Tactfully diffuse verbal or physical confrontations.
  • Utilize and maintain a variety of specialized equipment such as firearms, police vehicles, radios, batons, handcuffs, pepper spray, electrical control devices, breath testing equipment and others according to established procedures; maintain proficiency in driving and the use of firearms.
  • Search for lost or wanted persons.
  • Direct traffic when required.
  • Determine when a lawful search or arrest can or should be attempted; determine when physical force should be used on an individual and the extent of such force as governed by department General Orders. 
  • Develop knowledge about known offenders and correlate reported offenses; recover lost or stolen property; prepare affidavits and search warrants; interview witnesses and suspects; use other investigative aids.
  • Appear in court to present evidence and to testify against persons accused of crimes.
  • Write police and other related reports.
  • Provide assistance and direct citizens to appropriate resources as necessary.
  • Take direction from a police supervisor.
  • Participate in training programs as required.
  • Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to assignment.
Standard Functions:
  • Perform related work as required.

  • Any combination equivalent to: graduation from a standard high school, vocational school or equivalency.
  • Ability to read and write the English language 
  • United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  • Good physical condition
  • Not less than 21 years of age at the time of examination
  • Ability to pass entrance examination successfully and meet the minimum medical and health standards adopted by the Civil Service Commission
  • Valid Washington State driver's license by date of hire
  • Stringent personal background investigation; polygraph examination, psychological evaluation; and a medical physical, including a drug-screening test
  • Must be able to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Training Course.

Work is performed in the field, often in dangerous or emergency circumstances requiring vigorous physical activity and exertion.

Knowledge, Skills,and Abilities requirements are available in the online job classification.


  • Automatic:
    • Two or more at fault collisions within the last 3 years
    • DUI within the last 3 years
    • A total of 2 DUI's convictions
    • Any criminal traffic conviction in the past year or 2 such criminal offenses in the past 3 years
    • Driver's license suspended within the last 2 years
  • Potential:
    • 3 or more moving violations within the last 3 years
Drug Use
  • Automatic:
    • Use of marijuana in the last 12 months
    • Use of or possession of an illegal substance within the last 60 months (other than as a juvenile, one time experimentation, or the use of marijuana as stated above)
    • Illegal use of prescription medication in the last 60 months (other than as a juvenile or one time experimentation)
  • Potential:
    • Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
Criminal History
  • Automatic:
    • Any adult felony conviction
    • Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity
    • Domestic violence conviction
  • Potential:
    • Adult misdemeanor convictions
    • Juvenile felony convictions
  • Automatic:
    • Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces
    • Lied during any stage of the hiring process
    • Falsified application, personal history statement, or any other forms during hiring process
    • Previous revocation or denial of CJTC/POST certified status, or current suspension of current CJTC/POST
  • Potential:
    • Credit history checks will be conducted.  Unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
    • History of financial instability

Those individuals who have passed both the written and physical agility tests will have their information forwarded to the City of Renton by Public Safety Testing.  A 70% on the written exam is required to move forward in the process. An oral board interview may be scheduled for the top candidates.  Candidates must obtain an 80% passing score in the oral board to be placed on the Eligibility List.  A combined (interview weighted at 70% and the written test weighted at 30%) minimum score of 70% is required for placement on the eligibility list.  Veterans Points are are awarded to eligible candidates who make the request and include the proper documentation after successfully passing an interview.

Please note:  PST allows you to apply for a testing fee waiver and you must show proof of a verifiable financial hardship. Once they receive your completed testing fee waiver form, they will evaluate it and respond to you as soon as possible. Please submit this form at least two weeks prior to your desired test date. The waiver form may be found by clicking here: Testing Fee Waiver Form.

Selection Procedure

Communication from the City of Renton:
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