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Auburn Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Auburn Police Department
    340 East Main Street
    Suite 201
    Auburn, Washington 98002
    Phone: 253-931-3040
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/20/2014 | Last updated: 03/05/2019

Community Information

The City of Auburn is a diverse community that provides services to Auburn citizens living in both King County and Pierce County. In addition, parts of the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation also are within the boundaries of the City of Auburn.

Department Information

Join a police force where you can make a difference in the community you serve, that’s small enough where you can be a part of cases from start to finish, and busy enough to challenge you, keep you constantly learning, and provide professional fulfillment! Join the Auburn Police Department (APD).
Being a part of Team APD isn’t just another job - it’s an opportunity to start and build your career in policing and public safety. Pursue (and get pay incentives for): Community Response Team (CRT), Motorcycle Patrol, K-9 Officer, Bicycle Patrol, Hostage Negotiator, Valley SWAT, Detective, Field Training Officer, and Defensive Tactics Instructor.
We are committed to helping our Officers grow through continuous training opportunities, a mentoring program, and promotional track. A new Officer’s salary starts at $67k/year, and you can make up to $88k after five years. We also offer pay incentives if you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or if you want to continue your education while on the force.

Area Information

  • County: King & Pierce
  • Population: 73,505

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 20 1/2 years old. 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 Disqualifier    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Other 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    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticThree or more traffic crime convictions in last 10 years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
AutomaticPattern of speeding tickets or other driving infractions
Drug Usage
AutomaticMarijuana: within the past twelve (12) months.
AutomaticEcstasy (or Molly): within the past three (3) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
AutomaticCocaine: within the past five (5) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
AutomaticClub Drugs: use of ANY club drugs, such as Ketamine, GHB, or Rohypnol, within the past five (5) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
AutomaticHallucinogens: use of ANY hallucinogens, such as LSD, Mushrooms, or Psilocybin, within the past five (5) years (and no more than two occasions total).
AutomaticStimulants: use of ANY stimulants, such as methamphetamines, crank, crystal, ice, speed, or glass, within the past five (5) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
AutomaticANY use of Morphine, Heroin, Angel Dust/PCP, or Crack within a lifetime.
AutomaticIllegal use of inhaled aerosols (sometimes referred to has huffing, or nitrous) will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
AutomaticIllegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana, will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticIllegal steroids use within the past five (5) years will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication or obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
PotentialAny other history or pattern of drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction, while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
AutomaticAny conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticAny single theft of property or money in excess of $100 value within the past five (5) years.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLying or omitting information during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history packet, 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.
AutomaticPattern of bankruptcy, repossessions, late payments, and/or bills in collections or excessive debt.
AutomaticAnger Issues: pattern of fighting (in workplace, socially, or at home); pattern of insubordination
AutomaticCriminal Association: maintaining friendships or living with persons engaged in criminal activity
AutomaticDeception: Honesty and integrity are essential traits for a successful career in Law Enforcement. Any false statements, lack of candor, cheating, or failure to fully divulge requested information may result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process.
AutomaticThe following body decorations are prohibited: split or forked tongues, foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern, enlarged or stretched out in the ears, dental ornamentation, and visible piercings, other than those in the ear(s), that do not present a professional image.

Current Hiring Status

Number of Current Vacancies: 5

For 2019, candidates who pass the written test with Public Safety Testing (PST), with a score of 75% or higher, will be invited to interview.

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Applicants who can furnish evidence of having been awarded a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice (Law and Justice, Society and Justice), Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Business, Political Science, Public Administration or other police related degrees as reasonably determined by the Chief Examiner from an accredited four-year college will receive 5% credit to their final examination score, provided the applicant has received a minimum passing grade in such examination

Salary Information

$69,632-$88,053 annually

Benefit Information

City of Auburn offers generous medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance plans.