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Police Officer (Experienced/Lateral)

at City of Renton

Posted: 11/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2312116
Keywords: police, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Description

  • Laterals receive a $10,000 sign-on bonus paid in two increments  
  • Laterals also receive 40 hours each of personal and sick leave, which will be available upon employment

Base Salary: $69,564 to $91,200 Annually
  • The potential salary amount based on base pay and 6% education premium listed below is: $73,738 to $96,672.
  • Additional Education Premium of 4% for Associate or 6% for Bachelor's or Master's Degree
  • 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)

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 128 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:  Police 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, on a motorcycle, bicycle, 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 informants and 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.
  • At least 12 months experience, within the last 36 months, as a full time paid Police Officer. 
  • The 12 months of experience will be waived if the applicant has successfully completed a state law enforcement academy that is recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) and was released due to budgetary constraints and eligible for rehire by that former agency.
  • Lateral Police Officers with experience in Washington state must have successfully passed a WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent recognized by the WSCJTC.
  • Lateral Police Officers with experience not attained at an agency in Washington State are required to pass the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.
  • 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 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 conducted by a psychologist; and a medical physical, including a drug-screening test
  • Must be able to qualify for the ACCESS Certification


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.

Selection Procedure

An oral board interview may be scheduled for the top qualified candidates.  Candidates must obtain a 70% passing score in the oral board to be placed on the eligibility list.  Candidates who are invited to an interview and are requesting Veterans Points should bring any supporting documentation to the HR Department on the day of their interview.

Communication from the City of Renton:
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