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Vancouver Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Vancouver Police Department
    PO Box 1995
    Vancouver, Washington 98668
    Phone: 360-487-8417
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 06/13/2018

Community Information

Vancouver is located in Southwest Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of approx. 167,000, encompasses nearly 45 square miles and is the 4th largest city in the State of Washington. With mild weather & beautiful forests, Vancouver combines the excitement of a major area with small town charm and abundant recreational opportunities. Founded in 1825, the city has a long, rich history of tradition and service.

Department Information

The Vancouver Police Department currently works out of a headquarters and two precincts. The patrol schedule allows generous days off. Officers work 10 1/2 hour shifts on a 5/4, 5/4, 5/5 schedule (on/off). This schedule provides a natural overlap allowing regularly scheduled training. Overtime is available but rarely required. Specialty and/or collateral assignments include: Bicycle Officers, Motorcycle Officers, Honor Guard, Mounted Patrol, Tactical Information Unit; Childrens Justice Center, Investigations/Detectives, SWAT, Traffic Unit, Gang Task Force, Drug Task Force, Crisis Negotiators, & Public Information Officers.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 167,000
  • County: Clark

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.    
Other Candidates will be required to successfully complete a structured oral interview and a panel interview prior to certification on an eligibility list. Interviews will be conducted in Vancouver on a regular basis.

Additionally, candidates must be able to successfully complete a behavior traits assessment, a thorough background investigation, a polygraph examination and post-offer psychological and medical examinations, and a drug screen.

Candidates who previously tested with VPD and were removed from a VPD eligibility list for failure to pass any portion of the background investigation process are not eligible for certification on a VPD list for one year from the date of removal from the eligibility list.

Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Current Hiring Status

Vancouver Police Department currently has 14 vacancies. We will be hiring both entry and lateral candidates to fill these vacancies.

Lateral candidates do not need to test with PST. Please visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/hr/page/apply-jobto apply as a lateral candidate.

Salary Information

$ 5,439 - $ 7,289 per month. Education Incentive pay. Shift differential pay. Holiday compensation is 2.4% of base salary.

Benefit Information

Family & domestic partner health benefits include medical & dental coverage. Premiums for employees are fully paid by the City. New employees accrue vacation at a rate of 14 hours a month. Other benefits include a deferred compensation program, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided through Washington State Law Enforcement Officers' & Firefighters' Retirement System (LEOFF). The City participates in the HUD Officer Next Door program, which provides police officers a 50% discount on HUD-owned, single family homes in certain designated revitalization areas.