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Entry Level Police Officer

at City of Tumwater

Posted: 11/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2440697

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Statement of Duties/Supervision

The Police Department has two (2) open positions in 2019.

Applicants for the Entry Level Police Officer position must first pass a written exam and physical ability test through A fee is required to take the exam. Applicants that have scores submitted to Tumwater will be contacted with instructions to complete a City application.

Applicants with a minimum of two (2) years of service as a commissioned law enforcement officer may apply as a Lateral Police Officer (see job posting). Candidates that have passed a basic law enforcement academy, but do not have two (2) years of service may apply as a Certified Police Officer (see job posting).

Protects life and property through the enforcement of traffic, criminal and other State statutes, laws and City ordinances. Renders assistance to the public and investigates crimes for the purpose of detection, apprehension and prosecution.  
Direct supervision is from a superior officer and works performed in accordance with well-established procedures, although individuals must exercise independent judgment in emergency situations. Supervision is not normally a function of this classification, but incumbents may act as a "coach" for reserve officers for newly hired police officers.

Essential Job Duties

  • Patrols areas of the City in a patrol car or on foot to deter and discover crime and enforce traffic and criminal statutes and laws; issues citations to violators and arrests persons on misdemeanor or felony charges; handcuffs and searches arrested persons and takes them into custody as warranted; books arrested persons in a correctional facility.                         
  • Responds to emergency requests for assistance or to crime-in-progress calls and takes initial action as the situation requires; secures the scene; administers first aid as necessary; interviews available victims and witnesses and gathers evidence; completes incident and arrest reports; arrests suspects for probable cases in felonies.
  • Conducts detailed investigations into one or more type of crimes, including fraud, theft, burglary, narcotics, gambling, homicide, sex offenses and similar crimes; interviews witnesses, suspects ad informants; analyzes and interprets data and evidence; performs stake outs and undercover operations, collects evidence; performs stake outs and undercover operations; collects evidence or stolen goods; processes and logs evidence into custody and sends evidence to crime lab for analysis if required; participates in criminal investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies.
  • Obtains search and arrest warrants; serves summons and subpoenas.
  • Performs traffic enforcement duties; responds to and investigates vehicular accidents; summons emergency medical assistance as required; assists visitors by providing directions and other information; performs breathalyzer tests.
  • Prepares case reports, confers with the City or District Attorney; testifies in court.
  • Conducts security checks of homes and businesses.
  • Makes presentations regarding law enforcement activities and crime prevention programs to school or community groups.
  • Assists in training new police officers and reserve officers in basic patrol functions and related duties. 
  • Performs other duties as required.


Selection Criteria

Knowledge: Knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques and practices of municipal law enforcement; knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques and practices used in the prevention, investigation and suppression of criminal activities; knowledge of investigative and forensic techniques and procedures; knowledge of the rights of suspects and defendants; knowledge of the identification and preservation of physical evidence; knowledge of the behavior of criminals and causes underlying criminality.
Abilities: Ability to review a multitude of information related to a criminal incident; identify the key elements and develop a case which can by successfully prosecuted; to analyze stressful, hazardous or life-threatening situations quickly and objectively, and to determine the proper course of action; to read, understand and uniformly enforce laws, ordinances and rules and regulations; to cope with stressful situations firmly, tactfully and with respect for individual rights; to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; to write accurate reports of incidents; to use skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms and law enforcement equipment; to properly perform basic first aid; to perform hazardous tasks requiring strenuous physical exertion for limited periods of time; to recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and/or emotional stress; to testify clearly, cogently and with credibility in criminal court; to maintain harmonious working conditions with supervisors and co-workers.
Minimum Qualifications:

 Graduation from high school or GED equivalent. Must be able to pass, or have medical transcripts which demonstrate successful completion of, a LEOFF II medical examination or any other standard physical examination as any be required by the City of Tumwater or the State of Washington. Must be able to meet the requirements of the Rules and Regulations of the Civil Service Commission, which may encompass requirements regarding minimum age, education, physical strength and agility or other job related qualifications. Must by able to successfully complete the Basic Academy presented by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission within fifteen months of date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

 One year of experience as a Police Officer with a municipal police department; certification in Basic Industrial First Aid by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries; Washington State Patrol Breathalyzer Certification; completion of an Emergency Vehicles Operators Course and Baton Training Course.
Special Requirements: A valid Washington State driver's license may be required.

Other information (if any) specific to this position

Police Officer
Self-Assessment Checklist
The Tumwater Police Department conducts a thorough investigation on all candidates considered for employment. The investigation includes the following: completion of personal history packet; background investigator interview; polygraph examination; psychological examination; medical examination; drug screen testing; personal history evaluation; criminal record evaluation; driving record evaluation; financial history evaluation; and professional history evaluation.
The following checklist of requirements is being provided to assist you in determining your eligibility status:
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You can read and write the English language.
  • You are at least 21 years of age or will be at the anticipated date of hire.
  • You have a valid Washington state Driver's License or have a valid driver's license from another state and are eligible to obtain a Washington state Driver's License.
  • You have a good driving record for the past 5 years.
  • You have received a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • You have no felony convictions.
  • You have no gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.
  • You have no other misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years.
  • You have no "convictions" for any crime of Domestic Violence in accordance with R.C.W. 9.41.040 since July 1, 1993.
  • You have not used any illegal controlled substances in the past five years.
  • You have never sold narcotics.
  • If you were in the Armed Forces, you were discharged under honorable conditions.
 If you were unable to check any of the above items you are not eligible for employment.
Additionally, the following are other reasons why applicants have not been accepted for employment and/or have had their names removed from the eligibility list – each being based on a case-by-case basis:
  • Conduct not compatible with City employment, whether or not it amounts to a crime
  • Credit history which reflects poor responsibility
  • Work history which reflects poor performance
  • Use of illegal controlled substances beyond the above listed 5 year requirement
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Unable to pass the polygraph, psychological, drug screening or medical examinations
  • Unable to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission physical agility tests

The City of Tumwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.