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Oak Harbor Police Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Oak Harbor Police Department - Lateral
    860 SE Barrington Dr.
    Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
    Phone: 360-279-4518
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/28/2017 | Last updated: 09/28/2017

Community Information

The Community

The City of Oak Harbor (population 22,000 plus) is situated on the northern portion of Whidbey Island, approximately two-hours drive north of Seattle, and is accessible by both land and ferry. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island experiences half the annual rainfall of Seattle.

Whidbey Island is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and with the presence of several nearby state parks, and nearby San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker recreational areas, and easy access to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains there is a host of recreational activities for an active outdoor lifestyle. You can enjoy boating, whale watching, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, beach combing, and much more.

Oak Harbor also offers excellent small town ambiance, a local play house, outstanding dining, antique shopping, and within minutes of Oak Harbor, the opportunity to visit unique garden and vineyard settings, or simply enjoy the quietness of watching eagles soar.

Oak Harbor has a vibrant downtown, an expanding commercial and retail base, and growing secondary education opportunities. In summary, the lifestyle, convenience of services and location make Oak Harbor an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family.

The City

The City of Oak Harbor was incorporated in 1915 and operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor and City Council are elected at-large for four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the development of budgets and related financial plans, and the overall operation of the City. The Mayor directly supervises the City Administrator, City Attorney, Police Chief and Fire Chief. The City Administrator directly supervises the Development Services Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Director and Public Works Director.

The City of Oak Harbor employs approximately 130 full-time personnel and operates with an overall budget of $138 million ($16.4 million General Fund).

For more information on the City of Oak Harbor, please visit our website at www.oakharbor.org.

Department Information

The Oak Harbor Police Department is comprised: Administration, Patrol, Detectives and Special Operations. The authorized force consists of 26 Commissioned Personnel and 12 Non-Commissioned Personnel. The department is known for its successful community involvement and problem solving approach to law enforcement. Additionally, the Police Department has a city jail as part of its responsibility, which is staffed by City Correctional staff.

The department is proud of its increased commitment to training, including an internal bi-monthly training program, inter-agency training, as well as outside training opportunities for staff. Other areas the department participates in include; a Community Advisory Board, Reserve Officer Unit, Explorer Post and Citizens Volunteers.

The Department has strong cooperative relationships with local agencies and participates in regional law enforcement, communications and emergency management task forces and organizations. The department enjoys continued quality relationships with the U.S. Navy and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located in and adjacent to the City of Oak Harbor. We take pride in providing services for our community and the variety of events which occur in the City each year, including; Holland Happenings, 4th of July, National Night Out and the Whidbey Island Marathon.

Officers work on a squad with a 3/12 schedule, rotating two months on days and two months on nights schedule. Detectives work a 4/10 schedule.

We also offer education and longevity pay and great benefits!

We are a progressive department, anticipating department and community needs now and for the future!

Area Information

  • County: Island
  • Population: 22,200
  • # of Staff: 36

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: Washington State   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No Felony Convictions X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No Felony Convictions X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II minimum medical and health standards.   X
College Requirement • Lateral - Must have completed one year of college coursework by time of appointment, equivalent to 45 quarter credits/30 semester credits of which 5 quarter credits/3 semester credits must be in English or Humanities designated courses.
• A minimum of two years of demonstrated career experience in the following or closely related areas may be substituted for the educational requirement: all branches of military service, other City, State or Federal law enforcement agencies or related professions in forensics, investigations or criminal justice. (Related experience will be evaluated at the time of application.).
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification • Lateral- Must have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy OR an academy that meets the criteria of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Candidates completing out-of state certification must successfully challenge the Washington State Academy through the Basic Equivalency Program within the first six (6) months of employment. X  
Prior Experience Requirement Lateral- At the time of application, candidates must have been continuously employed for a minimum of twenty-four (24) months of the last thirty-six (36) months as a full-time, paid, civilian, general authority police officer or deputy sheriff, with a general authority law enforcement agency within the fifty (50) United States, performing general authority enforcement of the criminal and traffic laws of that state, in either a patrol or investigative capacity.
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    

Current Hiring Status

An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Washington State.
City of Oak Harbor is looking for Lateral Police Officers to join us in serving our unique community.
If you are interested in making a change, we'd love to hear from you!

Testing through PST is not necessary for lateral police officers. If you are interested in a lateral officer position, please contact our Civil Service Secretary at kandrews@oakharbor.org or visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oakharbor  for current job openings. 

Thank you for your interest in the City of Oak Harbor Police Department! Please visit our website for details on our department and community on beautiful Whidbey Island!  http://www.oakharbor.org/hr 

Salary Information

• $5,497—$6,871 per month
• Education incentive pay 1.5% - 6% depending on education level
• Longevity pay 3% - 5% starting at 10 years of service

Benefit Information

• Washington State LEOFF Retirement
• Accrue one day vacation per month, with longevity increases.
• Education and longevity increases.
• Accrue one day of sick leave per month
• Ten paid holidays plus one floating holiday
• 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employee
• 75% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employee’s dependents
• Health Savings Account fully funded by the City with HDHP ($3,300 individual, $6,650 family per year)
• Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
• 100% employer paid group life insurance and long-term disability for employee
• Opportunity to participate in two Deferred Compensation Plans, optional health care and insurance plans