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Puyallup Police Department - RESERVE OFFICER


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    Puyallup Police Department - RESERVE OFFICER
    311 West Pioneer
    Puyallup, Washington 98371
    Phone: 253-841-5415
    Department Website

Agency Added: 05/20/2014 | Last updated: 05/14/2018

Community Information

The City of Puyallup is located in the south central Puget Sound region of Western Washington in Pierce County. It is about seven miles east of Tacoma and 35 miles south of Seattle. With a population of 40,500 Puyallup is the third largest city in Pierce County and the twenty-ninth (29th) largest city in the State of Washington. The City's boundaries now encompass approximately fourteen square miles. The city was incorporated on August 19, 1890, and is named after the local Native American tribe and translates to mean "generous people."

Once the center of agriculture in East Pierce County, Puyallup has grown and matured into a city with a rich historic downtown and a modern, growing business district on the City’s South Hill. The City is connected to the major state freeways servicing Central Puget Sound and has commuter rail service with connections to Tacoma, Seattle and Everett.

Puyallup is the home of the Washington State Fair which is held every September. It is one of the ten largest fairs in the country, attracting over 1 million people during its twenty-one day run. The Fairgrounds and Events Center has grown into a year-round venue for conventions, conferences, trade shows and other events.

The City has a Council/Manager form of government and is a full service city except for Fire/EMS service, which is provided by Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Puyallup is close to lakes, the Puget Sound, and Cascade Mountain range offering great outdoor recreation opportunities.

Department Information

The Department structure includes a Chief, a Deputy Chief, 3 Captains, 8 Sergeants, and 44 Police Officers.

The Puyallup Police Department is committed to utilizing innovative strategies to prevent crime. Our agency adopted the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) philosophy to address the root cause of crime and reduce calls for service. We currently have two officers and a sergeant assigned to the POP Unit. This policing strategy moves the agency from providing a reactionary response when crime occurs, to proactively seeking out criminal behavior and activity. Using this model, our department studies crime patterns and analyzes trends in order to implement directed enforcement.

The operations division has a four squad configuration, each squad working four twelve hour shifts with four days off on a rotating basis. Each squad has a sergeant who supervises seven patrol officers. The operations division also includes a designated Traffic Unit, two tracking canines, and a patrol bicycle program.

The Puyallup Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for follow-up investigations on criminal allegations involving crimes against people, crimes against property, fraud, narcotics and juvenile crimes. The division is divided into two sections, Major Crimes Unit and Special Investigations Unit. Each Puyallup detective carries a case load of 25-40 cases on average at any one time.

The Puyallup Police Department operates a 52-prisoner (12 females and 40 males) misdemeanor correctional facility. In addition to Puyallup offenders, the facility is often used by other local law enforcement agencies. Currently the Puyallup Police Department has nine Corrections Officers, two Corrections Sergeants and one Corrections Lieutenant.

Other units in our department include: Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer, regional narcotics task force, regional SWAT, Training, Drug Recognition, and several volunteer programs including Reserves, VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), and an Explorer Post.

Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to support a safe environment, to maintain the peace and to seek justice through service, ethics, respect, values, integrity, compassion and excellence.

Area Information

  • County: Pierce
  • Population: 40,500

Agency Requirements:

 
Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 Years Old. X  
US Citizen Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Disqualifier.    
Ability to Read & Speak the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Ability to see clearly in both daytime and nighttime conditions. X  
College Requirement No    
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 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    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:

THE FOLLOWING ARE AUTOMATIC AND POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY TO OUR AGENCY IF THEY INDICATE ANY OF THE AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS. POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Category Disqualifier
Driving
AutomaticReceipt of three or more moving violations (or any single violation of a potential life threatening violation, such as reckless driving, speed contest, suspect of a pursuit, etc.) within three years prior to application
AutomaticInvolvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three years prior to date of application.
AutomaticA conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs within ten years prior to application or any two convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
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.
AutomaticThe following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered automatic disqualifiers with no exceptions:
1. Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within seven years prior to application for employment.
2. Any adult use or possession of marijuana within three years prior to application for employment if residing in a state where its use is illegal at the time.
3. Any other illegal adult use or possession of a drug not mentioned above (including cocaine) within five years prior to application for employment.
4. Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug while employed in any law enforcement capacity, military police, or as a student enrolled in college-accredited courses related to the criminal justice field.
5. Any adult manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance.
6. Failure to divulge to the Department any information about personal illegal use or possession of drugs.
7. Any drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected.
The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered in relationship to the overall background of that individual and may result in disqualification:
1. Any illegal use or possession of a drug as a juvenile.
2. Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug that does not meet the criteria of the automatic disqualifiers specified above (e.g., marijuana use longer than three years ago or cocaine use longer than five years ago).
3. Any illegal or unauthorized use of prescription medications.
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.
AutomaticConviction of any criminal offense classified as a misdemeanor under Washington law within three years prior to application.
AutomaticConviction for two or more misdemeanor offenses under Washington law as an adult.
AutomaticConviction of any offense classified as a misdemeanor under Washington law while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers).
AutomaticAdmission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony (including felony-misdemeanor offenses) under Washington law, as an adult, within five years prior to application or while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers).
AutomaticAdmission(s) of administrative conviction of any act while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers) involving lying, falsification of any official report or document, or theft.
AutomaticAdmission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law, committed as an adult.
AutomaticAdmission(s) of any criminal act, whether misdemeanor or felony, committed against children including but not limited to: molesting children, child abduction, child abuse, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, or indecent exposure.
PotentialAny history of actions resulting in civil lawsuits against the applicant or his/her employer may be disqualifying.
AutomaticMaintaining an ongoing relationship with individual(s) who have been convicted of a felony crime, and who are reputed to be involved in recent or ongoing criminal activity.
AutomaticRecent or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which advocates the overthrow of the United States Government, or whose professional goals are contrary to the interests of public and welfare of the community.
Employment
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.
AutomaticHaving been disciplined by any employer (including military) as an adult for abuse of leave, gross insubordination, dereliction of duty, or persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations.
AutomaticHaving been involuntarily dismissed (for any reason other than lay-off) from two or more employers as an adult.
AutomaticResigning from any paid position without notice may be disqualifying.
PotentialMilitary Record: Must have been discharged from the Military under honorable conditions. Any discharge other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Financial
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Other
AutomaticMissing any scheduled appointment during the process without prior permission.
AutomaticAny material misstatement of fact or significant admission during the application or background process shall be disqualifying, including inconsistent statements made during the initial background interview or polygraph examination or discrepancies between this background investigation and other investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies.
AutomaticAny forgery, alteration, or intentional omission of material facts on an official employment application document or sustained episodes of academic cheating.

Current Hiring Status

This PST examination will establish an initial list of eligible candidates from which names will be selected to move forward to the City of Puyallup oral board interviews. This list will be valid for a minimum of one year. Eligibility lists are created on the basis of competitive examinations which consist of a written test, a physical agility test, and an oral board interview.


Number of Current Vacancies: 0

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