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Washougal Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Washougal Police Department
    1320 A Street
    Washougal, Washington 98671
    Phone: 360-835-8701
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/31/2015 | Last updated: 01/10/2019

Community Information

The City of Washougal was incorporated in 1908 and is known as the Gateway to the Gorge for its easy access to hiking trails, scenic drives, and Columbia River recreation. Washougal’s downtown Reflection Plaza plays host to unique community events all year around. A pedestrian tunnel connects the downtown to the Columbia River area for fishing at Steamboat Landing, or a leisurely stroll on the levee trail to Captain William Clark Park. You can even walk or drive to the stunning Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge which features 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain and boasts more than 200 species of birds! Our own Washougal River provides year-around recreation including kayaking, fishing and swimming. Washougal is a short 20 minute drive to Portland International Airport, which serves major airlines for domestic and international travel, and only a 30 minute drive to downtown Vancouver for more restaurants and nightlife. Approximately 15,560 residents call Washougal home….come share in the fun!

Department Information

The Washougal Police Department is a full service agency made up of 21 commissioned officers. The department structure includes a Chief, Commander, (4) Patrol Sergeants (2) Detectives, and (10) patrol officers, (1) K9 officer and (1) SRO. Patrol is divided into 2 squads working four 11 hour shifts, 4 days of work with 4 days off. The department is dedicated to a community orientated policing style.

Area Information

  • County: Clark
  • Population: 15,560
  • # of Staff : 18 sworn officers.

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 No felony convictions.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Agency will send newly hired officer to the academy for training - 5 months.    
Prior Experience Requirement Any combination of work experience and education which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential mental and physical demands and functions of the position.    
Other This agency does not allow out of state testing.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 3 years. (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 1 year.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 7 - 10 years.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Entry Level Positions: By announcement on the City of Washougal Website: www.cityofwashougal.us under the Human Resource page.

Lateral Applicants:  The City of Washougal has a open, continuous testing process for lateral applicants.  Lateral applicants must be able to pass the agency disqualifiers listed on the Public Safety Agency profile.  The application process for Lateral applicants are processed through the City of Washougal Human Resource Department. 

Salary Information

2018 Wages for entry level officer at hire date: $5,722.83 - Step raise after 1 year to $5,895.33

2018 Wages for Lateral officers: $5,895.33 - $6,635.46 at 6 years

2019 - 2.5% Wage increase over 2018


Benefit Information

Vacation - 96 hours a year to start

Sick Leave - 8 hours of sick time accrued each month

Holidays - 10 statutory holidays computed at time-and-one-half pay rate - Plus 40 hours of paid annual time.

Health Insurance - The City offers the choice of two medical plans: Kaiser and Regence. Medical, Dental and Vision packages for employees and their family members.

Uniforms - The City provides all uniforms and equipment for officers, including body armor, boots, and weapons.

Life Insurance - The City provides a $50,000.00 life insurance policy.

Longevity Incentive - 1.5% at 9 years, 1.75% at 10 years, 2.0% at 15 years and 2.25% at 20 years.

Education Incentive - $130.00/month added to base pay for AA/AS Degree, $265.00/month added to base pay for BA/BS Degree

Retirement - LEOFF benefits

FTO - 3.0% Wage increase for FTO during training.