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Olympia Police Department - JAIL/CORRECTIONS

  • Contact Information

    Olympia Police Department - JAIL/CORRECTIONS
    601 4th Ave E
    Olympia, Washington 98501
    Phone: 360-753-8300
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/16/2011 | Last updated: 01/30/2019

Community Information

Olympia - the Capitol City of Washington State - enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, an engaged and educated community, and a well-supported school system. In addition to public and private primary and secondary schools, Olympia features a community college (South Puget Sound C.C), a state college (The Evergreen State College) and a private Catholic university (St. Martin’s University).

Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Olympia's geographic location puts one within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions - from hiking, skiing and hunting in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores to biking in the Capitol State Forest. Olympia is the home to several community-wide and diverse celebrations such as Lakefair, Arts Walk, Harbor Days, Pet Parade and the Christmas Parade among others.

Olympia has been voted as the Best Place in Western Washington to raise a family and recognized as the most secure and livable mid-sized metro area in the nation. Referred to as the “Hippest Town in the West” by Time Magazine, Olympia is the place to discover creative communities, fresh air and affordable living. It is a great place to serve!

Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view more information about our Department.

Department Information

The Olympia City Jail is a Division of the Olympia Police Department.

To become an Olympia Police Department Corrections Officer, you must have the knowledge, skills, abilities and demeanor to "Police the Olympia Way," the belief that protection of lives and property, maintenance of public order and the fostering of a feeling of safety are the mutual responsibility of the Department and the community.

The City of Olympia also maintains a 28-bed City Jail for the housing of misdemeanor offenders.

The Olympia Police Department offers salaries that are competitive with other western Washington police agencies, and an outstanding benefit package that includes: 100% City-paid employee medical, dental and vision insurance; 11 paid holidays; a generous leave accrual schedule; specialty assignment pay; educational incentive pay; bilingual incentive pay; cleaning allowance; and longevity pay beginning at year 7.

Officers also have a great schedule, working 10 hour, 40 minute shifts.

Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view more information about our Department.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 51,202
  • County: Thurston
  • # of staff: 97

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 X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
Veterans Preference Points If you were in the Armed Forces and you were discharged under honorable conditions: must provide DD-214 upon request by the City after testing with PST.    
Other Applicants must pass all portions of the exam process, the physical ability test, and a Suitability Assessment in order to be placed on the Olympia Civil Service Eligibility List.

As openings occur, applicants on the Eligibility List will be interviewed and a background check will be conducted. If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be polygraphed, undergo a Phase II psychological examination and a medical examination.

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

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity
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
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed
Potential***Other than the listed disqualifiers, the Olympia Police Department does not discuss disqualifiers, prior to the hiring process, with candidates.***

Current Hiring Status

Number of Current Vacancies: 1

As openings occur, applicants on the Eligibility List will be interviewed and a background check will be conducted. If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be polygraphed, undergo a psychological examination and a medical examination.

Salary Information

Starting Salary Range: Entry Level: Annual Rate $58,063.82

Benefit Information

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