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Kelso Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Kelso Police Department
    201 South Pacific
    Kelso, Washington 98626
    Phone: 360.423.1270
    Department Website

Agency Added: 10/31/2014 | Last updated: 11/19/2018

Community Information

Please see website www.kelso.gov. The City of Kelso is situated at the confluence of the Columbia, Cowlitz, and Coweeman rivers, 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and 60 miles from the Cascade Mts. We are located on Interstate 5, 48 miles north of Portland, OR, and 125 miles south of Seattle, WA. This location affords easy access to many types of activities, from outdoors activities like hunting, fishing, camping and boating to the arts, entertainment and shopping available in the metropolitan areas of Portland and Seattle. The Kelso School District is regarded as one of the best in Southwest Washington and the relationship between our agency and our schools is second to none. Kelso has a manager/council type of government and an excellent school system.

Department Information

The Kelso Police Department is a service-oriented organization embracing the Community Policing philosophy. Of our 33 total staff, 28 are commissioned officers. We currently have officers serving as patrol officers, school resource officers, and detectives. Officers also serve on multi-agency units as narcotics detectives and SWAT officers. We also have 3 Reserve Officers in addition to paid support staff. Our officers have an average of 20 years with our agency and they enjoy a high level of community support.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package with generous paid time off.  The Kelso Police Department anticipates hiring 2 officers immediately and possibly more early next year.


Note: Minimum passing score on written examination is 75%. Kelso Police Department has two current openings and anticipates more in the near future.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 11,940
  • County: Cowlitz

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 Valid Washington State Driver's License   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None   X
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes   X
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II standards.   X
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 consider the highest score received within the past one year    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticOne (1) or more criminal traffic convictions in last five (5) years (Vehicular Assault/Homicide, DWI/Physical Control, Suspended/Revoked, Reckless, etc.)
Drug Usage
AutomaticUse of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana, within the last 10 years.
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.
AutomaticConviction of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
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.
AutomaticTermination for Cause, or leaving employer in lieu of termination, by any Criminal Justice agency.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.

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.

Current Number of Vacancies: KPD has two openings and anticipates more in the near future

Salary Information

Beginning salary (2019) $5340-6450 per month with additional for college degrees.

Benefit Information

Medical, Dental, Vision coverages, as well as uniform allowance, uniform cleaning, sick leave, vacation, and tuition assistance provided by the City per contract.