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Central Washington University Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Central Washington University Police Department
    400 E. University Way
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926
    Phone: 509-963-2959
    Department Website

Agency Added: 05/27/2014 | Last updated: 08/03/2018

Community Information

Located in historic Ellensburg, WA.

Department Information

The Central Washington University (CWU) Police Department provides commissioned law enforcement services on our main campus, located in historic Ellensburg, WA.  CWU is a public, four-year university and has approximately 10,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff members.

Our area enjoys four distinct seasons and we experience from snowfall and ice, spring winds and summer heat.  Our surroundings of mountains and rivers offer spectacular views and unlimited outdoor recreation.  Fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, camping, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, boating and biking are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in Kittitas County.  

The campus of CWU offers students, faculty, staff and visitors activities and events such as: museums, dining, sporting and athletic events, music concerts, theater productions, and numerous public programs and presentations.

The CWU Police Department is committed to working in partnership with our community to create a safe and secure campus environment.  Our policing style of treating all persons with dignity and respect has fostered exhibited appreciation from the community that we proudly serve.  

Our department was honored to be recognized as the 2016 Department of the Year by the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Area Information

  • Population: County 40,000
    Campus 10,000

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No previous felony or domestic violence convictions. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No previous felony or domestic violence convictions. X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
College Requirement Preferred: Accredited college degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science or related field. X  
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must obtain and maintain certification through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.   X
Current Hiring Status 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.    
Other Successfully complete a thorough background investigation, polygraph, psychological and medical examinations as well as pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

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 consider all the scores from the same applicant    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc) .
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
PotentialWe will carefully review the applicant's driving record.
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.
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.
AutomaticUse of illegal amphetamines/meth-amphetamines; use of cocaine, use of non prescribed steroids, use of marijuana or hashish over 10 times.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
PotentialA criminal record beyond the above may disqualify the applicant. The applicant's criminal history will be carefully reviewed.
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.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialPreviously been fired or terminated from a law enforcement agency.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

We anticipate the hiring of at least one police officer in 2018. 

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. 

Salary Information

$4774/month with periodic increases up to $5954/month.

Benefit Information

Central Washington University offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation, paid holidays and sick leave. For additional information: http://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-0