The Port Angeles Police Department is a progressive, State-accredited, community policing oriented, professional agency currently consisting of 33 commissioned employees, and a civilian contingent of 27 who are primarily responsible for police records and the PENCOM 911 Communications Center. The Department has an assigned school resources officer in addition to other staffing including a downtown officer, Drug Task Force officer, two K-9 officers and a detective division. Most officers are assigned a “take home” vehicle upon completion of probation.
Must be a minimum of 21-years of age at time of hire and a United States citizen.
Associates degree or equivalent 90-quarter credits, or 60-semester credits are required at the time of hire. (Transcripts may be requested and verified)
Bachelor’s degree with coursework in criminal justice and public service experience is preferred.
An applicant must have completed preliminary testing with www.publicsafetytesting.com and requested their testing results to be sent to the City of Port Angeles before they will be put on the Eligibility List.
Other necessary skills: excellent communication skills and good physical experience.
Must pass a background investigation, polygraph and psychological examination, and pre-employment physical examination prior to hire.
Must have a good driving record and valid Washington State driver’s license at the time.
Must have no felony criminal convictions or any other conviction that would disqualify a successful applicant. See special employment requirements.
Must be willing to work any shift assigned, weekends and holidays in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation.
Must successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Academy (or equivalency academy), a 14-week Field Training program, and a 12-month probationary period following the completion of the State academy.
Civil Service Testing Process: The Civil Service testing process for this position includes completion of Public Safety Testing exam, and completion of a computerized written exercise and interview with the City of Port Angeles. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements to be invited for further testing. Applicants requesting “veteran’s scoring status” must submit a copy of their DD-214 at the time of application. Test scores are weighted, combined, and rank-ordered to form the eligibility list, and applicants must pass each portion of the exam to be ranked on the list. Each applicant will receive notice of his or her standing and rank on the eligibility list.
To apply for Civil Service eligibility testing: Applicants must meet the qualifications above and return the application, checklist and veteran’s scoring status form (if applicable) as instructed in the email Employees hired by the Port Angeles Police Department are subject to a high standard of legal, moral and ethical behavior in the performance of work in law enforcement. In order to be employed by the Department, each applicant must pass a background investigation, polygraph and psychological examination to verify his or her ability to meet and uphold department standards. The following requirements serve as a guideline for applicants, but are not all-inclusive.
AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS Applicants will automatically be disqualified for the following violations:
Been convicted of a felony (or pled no contend ere to a felony charge), or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State.
Convicted of Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence, Driving After Suspended or Revoked within preceding 5 years.
Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute, been convicted of stalking or unlawful sexual misconduct.
Been previously employed as a law enforcement employee and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
Has received a dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Falsified his or her personal history questionnaire or application.
Drug involvement or use of illegal drugs: ~Has or had a pattern of abusing prescription medication. ~Sold marijuana, narcotics or dangerous drugs. ~Used any narcotic or dangerous drug by injection. ~Used any dangerous drug or narcotic (excluding marijuana) within the past 5 years, for any purpose. ~Used any dangerous drug or narcotic (excluding marijuana) more than 3 times in totality.
DISCRETIONARY DISQUALIFIERS Applicants may, upon review, be disqualified for employment for the following violations:
Use of marijuana within the past 2 years, for any purpose.
Commission of a felony.
Incarceration after conviction for any crime.
Alcohol or substance misuse and/or abuse, other than above.
Debts—A demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
Has received other than an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
Received more than three moving traffic violations within the preceding 3 years; or received a reckless driving or driving after suspended/revoked violation within the preceding 5 years.
Suspension or revocation of driving license within the preceding 5 years.
Excessive traffic violations.
Involvement in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of “guilty” or “nolo contendere.”
Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
Salary: $6,230.05 - $7,418.96 per month, or $74,760.58 - $89,027.48 annually Benefits: Commissioned officers are represented by Teamsters Local #589 and contractual benefits include a competitive salary, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; health benefits (employee pays 9% of premium) overtime pay, quarter- master uniform system, standby pay, education incentive pay, longevity pay, and 3.1% deferred compensation