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Kalama Police Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Kalama Police Department - Lateral
    P.O. Box 297
    216 Elm St.
    Kalama, Washington 98625
    Phone: 360-673-2165
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/17/2015 | Last updated: 01/05/2019

Community Information

Kalama is a picturesque community located in Cowlitz County, Washington between the Cascade Mountains and the shores of the Columbia River. We are located on the Interstate 5 corridor approximately 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon. With a population close to 2,500 people within the City Limits and approximately 5,000 people within the Kalama area, Kalama is a growing community with many opportunities. Kalama is a wonderful place to live and support a family. Visit the City's website for more details: www.cityofkalama.com

Department Information

The Kalama Police Department consists of five full time commissioned officers, one reserve officer, and one full time police clerk. We are a proactive Department with strong community support. We work closely with all of our law enforcement partners in Cowlitz County and have a favorable reputation among other agencies. Patrol officers work four 12-hour shifts, followed by four days off. Officers rotate between day shift/night shifts every three months and enjoy a pleasant, relaxed working environment. We are a small agency with high standards and a commitment to community service.

Area Information

  • County: Cowlitz
  • Population: 2,500
  • # of staff: 7

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 None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Yes X  
Prior Experience Requirement 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
AutomaticOne or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic4 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic3 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
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.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 5 years. No more than 3 uses total.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticIllegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 3 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 3 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.
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.
Automatic3 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

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.

**All lateral applicants must be graduates of a State certified/approved basic law enforcement academy, (CJTC in WA state) to be eligible for lateral hire by the Kalama Police Department.

Salary Information

Annual Salary - $56,469.48 (5th class officer) to $63,694.68 (1st class officer)

Benefit Information

Officers reach top step after six years. Lateral applicants may qualify for a higher pay step, based on experience. Longevity is offered after three years of service and starts at 2% per monthly base salary. The City pays 100% of the medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums for employees and their dependents.
They also contribute into a VEBA account.
Officers are issued all uniforms and equipment by the Department. Officers receive a $45 per month cleaning allowance for uniforms and a $50 per month cell phone stipend.
Officers start out earning 8 hours (96 total hrs) of vacation per month. Vacation accruals increase after three years of completed service.
Officers are given a bank of 96 hours of sick leave their first year of employment. After completing one year, sick leave is accrued at 8 hours per month.
Officers can also accrue a maximum of 80 hours of comp time and can use those hours to take paid time off.
Officers with an Associate's degree will receive a $50 per month incentive.
Officers with a Bachelors degree will receive a $100 per month incentive.