Agency Profile

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Lakewood Police Department

  • The city application can be located at the following link by selecting entry level police officer.  The instruction will guide the candidate through the completion of the application form and any necessary supplemental forms.

    PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 253.830.5000 and ask to speak to Sergeant Scott Novasky or Officer Charles Porche.


    If you reside outside of Washington State and interested in testing for the Lakewood Police Department, please visit https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate so we can assist you in scheduling a written exam!


  • Contact Information

    Lakewood Police Department
    Sgt. Scott Novasky
    9401 Lakewood Dr SW
    Lakewood, Washington 98409
    Phone: (253) 830-5020
    Department Website

Agency Added: 03/22/2017 | Last updated: 04/06/2017

Community Information

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Department Information

Lakewood’s 21st Century department has 120 staff members - 101 commissioned, 4 Community Service Officers, 3 Court Compliance Officers, 2 Animal Control Officers, 2 Code Enforcement Officers, and 10 civilian support staff. Lakewood is one of the largest departments in the State of Washington. To successfully counter crime challenges, the Department operates a large array of programs and employs modern technology to expand its reach and efficiency. Lakewood offers all of the services and opportunities of “big” departments while maintaining focus on employee development and commitment to citizens. The result is a department that is flexible and efficient and best able to meet the needs of Lakewood, a diverse community of nearly 60,000 people with all of the public safety challenges of larger, urban communities.

Area Information

  • Population: 60,000
  • County: Pierce

Agency Requirements:

 
  • Important Information

    The city application can be located at the following link by selecting entry level police officer.  The instruction will guide the candidate through the completion of the application form and any necessary supplemental forms.

    PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 253.830.5000 and ask to speak to Sergeant Scott Novasky or Officer Charles Porche.


    If you reside outside of Washington State and interested in testing for the Lakewood Police Department, please visit https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate so we can assist you in scheduling a written exam!

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen Yes 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 & Speak the English Language Yes X  
Multiple Scores From Same Applicant We consider all scores from the same applicant    
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
Potential

The following driving standards represent the maximum allowable violations of driving laws and must not exceed six (6) total points in the last 36 months. As part of the background investigation each candidate’s driving record will be obtained and reviewed. Other driving offenses not listed here will be assessed point values on a case by case basis.

DRIVING VIOLATIONS POINTS
Revocation of driver’s license 8
Denial of issuance of driver’s license 8
Negligent homicide 8
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 8
Reckless driving (involving an accident) 8
Reckless driving (no accident involved) 6
Negligent driving (involving an accident) 6
Negligent driving (no accident involved) 4
Hit and run (attended) 8
Hit and run (unattended) 6
Driving while driver’s license suspended 4
Speeding in excess of the posted limit:
0-14 Over = 2 points
15-19 Over = 3 points
20-25 Over = 6 points
Over 26 = 8 points
Convictions or forfeitures (paid fines) for other moving violations involving an accident 4
Convictions or forfeitures for other moving violations each violation not involving an accident 2
Drug Usage
Potential

DRUG FREE: Each applicant must be drug free for a minimum of three (3) years prior to this application for all categories of the controlled substances listed below. With the exception of marijuana, more than four (4) total uses of any individual or combination of these drugs is an automatic disqualifier. Your stated past drug usage will be confirmed by a background investigation and a polygraph examination.

Amphetamines: Cocaine:
No use for the last five (5) years No use for the last five (5) years
No use after the age of 25 No use after the age of 25
No more than three (3) total uses No more than three (3) total uses
Steroids: Hallucinogens:
No use for the last five (5) years No use for the last five (5) years
No use after the age of 25 No use after the age of 25
No more than three (3) total uses
Marijuana: Opiates:
No use after the age of 25 No use of these substances is acceptable
Between the ages of 18 to 25,
total usage not to exceed 25 times.
Usage under the age of 18 will be reviewed on a case by case basis

NOTE: While this list is not all inclusive, use of any controlled substance not listed here will be considered on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Employment
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Untruthfullness
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.
Financial
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Lakewood PD anticipates the initial review of PST test scores beginning the Fall of 2017 for possible future vacancies.

Number of Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information

$5,201 - $7,051

Benefit Information

SALARY INCREASES
Step increases are granted upon completion of 12 months of actual service until the maximum of the salary range is reached. A maximum of 10% of professional development pay is available to qualifying employees.

HOLIDAYS Employees accrue and take holidays on a basis equivalent to the employee's regularly assigned shift hours. The following are recognized holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Veterans' Day, Christmas Day, M.L. King, Jr. Day, Independence Day, Presidents' Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving.

Patrol Officers currently work 10.67 hr shifts on a 28 day pay cycle.

ANNUAL LEAVE (PTO - PAID TIME OFF) Annual leave is a benefit granted to employees to continue normal compensation during approved absences and is intended to encompass both vacation and medical leave. Annual leave is not available during the first 60 days of employment except for illness. Leave may be accumulated for succeeding years with a maximum accrual of 1400 hours; however, at the end of the calendar year, the amount carried forward into the new year shall not exceed 1200 hours.

Accrual Rate:
1st Year                                                   216 hours per year
Year 2 through 4                                       240 hours per year
Year 5 through 9                                       264 hours per year
Year 10 through 14                                    288 hours per year
Year 15 through 20                                    312 hours per year
After 20 years                                           336 hours per year

SHARED LEAVE If an employee exhausts all paid leave, they may be eligible to receive donated leave to cover an unpaid absence caused by illness or injury.

MILITARY LEAVE Employees who are members of any federal military reserve unit or the Washington National Guard will receive up to twenty-one working days of paid leave during each year beginning October 1 and ending September 30, while engaged in active training duty or active duty.

The City will maintain continuity of health benefits to employees' families when employees are ordered to involuntary active military duty. Military differential pay is available during active military duty of more than 30 days and for no longer than 24 months.

JURY DUTY LEAVE Employees will be paid their regular compensation while serving on jury duty provided they forfeit the juror's daily stipend to the City.

RETIREMENT PLAN Employees and the City make contributions to the Washington Department of Retirement Systems' LEOFF Plan.

Under Social Security's Government Pension Offset, any Social Security spouse's or widow's or widower's benefits you may be entitled to will be reduced based on any pension you receive from the City's retirement plan.

SOCIAL SECURITY REPLACEMENT In lieu of Social Security, the City provides an alternative plan through the ICMA Retirement Corporation. The employee contributes 6.20% and the City contributes 4.77% of the employee's salary. The employee's investment choices range from conservative (low risk) to aggressive (high risk) opportunities. Employees are immediately 100% vested in the plan.

Under Social Security's Windfall Elimination Provision, any Social Security retirement or disability benefits you may be entitled to will be reduced based on any pension you receive from this replacement plan.

VOLUNTARY 457 DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN Participation in a 457 deferred compensation plan is available to employees through payroll deduction. This is an optional investment program offered through the ICMA Retirement Corporation or Washington Department of Retirement Systems. The City matches an employee's contribution up to 6% of the employee's base monthly pay rate.

VOLUNTARY FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT The Flexible Spending Account (IRS Section 125) is an optional tax savings program which is offered to employees annually. It allows employees to reduce taxable income by using part of their salary on a pretax basis to pay for out of pocket health care expenses and dependent care costs.

MEDICAL INSURANCE During the first year of employment, employees are required to enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan unless precluded by a documented, ongoing medical condition or if covered by insurance outside of the City.

Three medical plans are offered to employees and dependents through the Association of Washington Cities (AWC):

• Regence High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account. The City pays 100% of the premium for the employee and dependents, and makes contributions to the Health Savings Account.
• Regence HealthFirst 250 Plan. The City pays 100% of the premium for the employee and 86% of the premium for dependents.
• Group Health Cooperative $20 Copay Plan. The City pays 100% of the premium for the employee and 86% of the premium for dependents.

Employees may be eligible to opt out of medical insurance coverage to receive a $1,500 annualized contribution to their deferred compensation account and/or flexible spending (IRS Section 125) account.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is paid for by the City, and is a voluntary, confidential resource available to employees, dependents and household members. The EAP provides professional counseling assistance in addressing a variety of concerns ranging from substance abuse to relationship issues.

VISION INSURANCE A separate vision plan provides for annual eye examinations for employees and dependents. A $25 deductible benefit is also provided for lenses, frames and contact lenses.

DENTAL INSURANCE Washington Dental Service (WDS) Plan E insurance is provided through AWC. The City pays the entire premium cost for employees and dependents. This is an incentive based plan - 70% to 100% of Class I and Class II benefits (routine exams, basic cleaning, x-rays, fillings, etc.) are covered. Class III benefits (crowns, inlays and onlays) are paid at 50%. The dental plan pays a maximum of $2,000 per individual annually for covered benefits per incentive period (a calendar year). A separate orthodontia plan provides a one time orthodontia benefit of $1,000 for eligible children.

SURVIVOR INCOME LIFE INSURANCE A monthly survivor income benefit is paid to an employee's eligible spouse and children upon the employee's death. Prior to any reduction for Social Security survivor's benefits, a benefit amount equal to 30% of the employee's insured earnings is paid to the spouse or children, and 60% is paid if both spouse and children survive.

LIFE/ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE The City provides basic life insurance/accidental death and dismemberment insurance through Standard Insurance. The basic life insurance benefit is equal to the employee's annual salary rounded up to the next thousand to a maximum of $100,000. An additional life insurance benefit is provided through the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The benefit is $15,000 for loss of life and $85,000 for accidental death and dismemberment.

DISABILITY INSURANCE Short and long term disability insurance is provided through the Washington State FOP. The plan has a 29 day elimination period for off the job injuries and a 180 day elimination period for on the job injuries. The benefit amount is 66.67% of regular pay, to a maximum benefit of $7,500 monthly.

EMPLOYEES MAY ELECT TO ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING SELF PAY PLANS:

SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE Employees may apply for $30,000 to $300,000 in supplemental term life insurance coverage. Spouses may also be insured. Premiums are paid entirely by the employee.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY (STD) Short term disability insurance provides benefit payments to help replace lost income when an employee is disabled due to a non-occupational accident or illness. Pregnancy or its complications are covered provided enrollment in STD insurance is prior to conception. Benefits are payable for a maximum of 13 weeks. This benefit is offered to employees at the time of hire and annually thereafter.

ADDITIONAL INSURANCE PLANS Additional insurance plans are available to employees through AFLAC, such as accident/disability, cancer, STD, dental and hospital intensive care.

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