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Washougal Police Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Washougal Police Department - Lateral
    1320 A Street
    Washougal, Washington 98671
    Phone: 360-835-8701
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/30/2015 | Last updated: 08/23/2018

Community Information

The City of Washougal was incorporated in 1908 and is known as the Gateway to the Gorge for its easy access to hiking trails, scenic drives, and Columbia River recreation. Washougal’s downtown Reflection Plaza plays host to unique community events all year around. A pedestrian tunnel connects the downtown to the Columbia River area for fishing at Steamboat Landing, or a leisurely stroll on the levee trail to Captain William Clark Park. You can even walk or drive to the stunning Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge which features 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain and boasts more than 200 species of birds! Our own Washougal River provides year-around recreation including kayaking, fishing and swimming. Washougal is a short 20 minute drive to Portland International Airport, which serves major airlines for domestic and international travel, and only a 30 minute drive to downtown Vancouver for more restaurants and nightlife. Approximately 15,560 residents call Washougal home….come share in the fun!

Department Information

The Washougal Police Department is a full service agency made up of 20 commissioned officers. The department structure includes a Chief, Commander, (4) Patrol Sergeants (2) Detectives, and (10) patrol officers, (1) K9 officer and (1) SRO. Patrol is divided into 2 squads working four 11 hour shifts. The department is dedicated to a community orientated policing style.

Area Information

  • County: Clark
  • Population: 15,560
  • # of Staff : 18 sworn officers.

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 No adult felony convictions.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Felony and misdemeanor convictions under the age of 18 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes. Read, write and speak the English language, so as to be easily understood by others. X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20    
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Out of state lateral officers must have an accredited academy graduation certificate that will be recognized by the WSCJTC.   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    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

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 1 year.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
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.
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.
AutomaticJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic1 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
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.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Open list:

The Washougal Police Department has an open application process for Lateral Police Officer positions.

Interested individuals should review the minimum qualifications and testing process that can be found on the City of Washougal website:  www.cityofwashougal.us

PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Washougal Department at 360 835-8701 and ask to speak to Cmdr. Cook.

Salary Information


2018 - Lateral officer wage range: $5,895.53 - $6,635.46

2019 - 2.5% Wage increase over 2018

Benefit Information