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Spokane Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Spokane Police Department
    808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
    Spokane, Washington 99201
    Phone: 509-625-6160
    Department Website

Agency Added: 10/01/2015 | Last updated: 12/11/2018

Community Information

The City of Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and the largest city on the northern tier between Minneapolis and Seattle. Also known as the Lilac City, Spokane is located in eastern Washington, approximately 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border. The name of the City was taken from a Native American word meaning "children of the sun," and with its location on the "sunny side" of the state, Spokane is blessed with more than 260 clear days each year. The area has four distinct seasons and opportunities for spring, summer, fall and winter activities.

The Spokane River runs through the center of the city and bisects the magnificent 100 acre Riverfront Park which was created for Expo 74, a World's Fair event. A grand feature of the river is Spokane Falls, one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States. From Manito Park and Botanical Gardens on the South Hill to Riverside State Park along the northwest border of the city, Spokane offers the outdoors at its finest befitting the community title of “Near Nature, Near Perfect”.

Spokane is home to a variety of annual community events including Bloomsday, the largest timed foot race in the world and Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. As the gateway to the Inland Northwest boasting affordable housing and cost of living, Spokane has been recognized as one of 10 “All American Cities” in 1974 and 2004. There are many attractions downtown, with places to eat, sleep and play that have helped Spokane become a top destination spot for many tourist. With its natural beauty, arts and cultural fairs, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and world class colleges and universities, Spokane is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a great place to live and play.

Department Information

The Spokane Police Department works to respond to citizen needs and provide citizens with tools to prevent and report crime. The mission of the Spokane Police Department is to demonstrate excellence in policing by working in partnership with the community we serve to:
• Prevent and reduce crime, the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
• Enforce laws while safeguarding the constitutional rights of all people.
• Provide high quality police services to all of our residents and visitors through integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation.
• Create a work environment in which we recruit, train, and develop an exceptional team of employees.

It is the priority of the Spokane Police Department to respond quickly and professionally to citizen needs. SPD's nearly 290 officers patrol the City of Spokane's 76 square miles and work in the Patrol teams listed above to keep citizens safe.

Area Information

  • County: Spokane
  • Population: 210,721

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application and at least 21 years of age at time of appointment. X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident by time of application. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Must have a valid driver's license. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony or domestic violence convictions. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
College Requirement 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of course work from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C (2.0) or better which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English. Two additional years of experience as a police officer may be substituted for the college education requirement. X  
Other Applicants must be certified by the Police Physician as physically fit to perform the prescribed duties.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores The City of Spokane will update their eligibility list on a continuous basis. Please apply directly with the City of Spokane once you have received a passing score on the PST written and physical fitness test at https://my.spokanecity.org/jobs/classified/.

The City of Spokane will allow applicants to apply with new scores once every six months.

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic2 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 1-5 (as an adult) years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Drug Usage
PotentialIllegal use of illegal drugs within the last 1-7 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 7 years. No more than 3 uses total.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.

In order to maintain high standards in the City of Spokane law enforcement community, the City of Spokane Police Department has established illegal drug use guidelines to evaluate an applicant’s suitability for employment.
(a) The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered automatic disqualifiers for public safety applicants, with no exceptions:
1. Any drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected.
2. Any use or possession of an illegal drug by an adult (over 18) who has applied to a law enforcement agency or is an employee of a law enforcement agency, corrections agency or military police agency. This applies to commissioned positions.
(b) The following constitute Spokane Police Department's Drug Standards. You must meet these standards to be considered for employment.
1. No use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within five years prior to application for employment.
2. No adult use or possession of marijuana within one year prior to application for employment. This applies to commissioned positions.
3. No other illegal use or possession of a drug not listed above (including cocaine) within five years prior to application for employment.
4. No adult manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance.
Automatic1000.3.8 ILLEGAL USE OR POSSESSION OF DRUGS - Continued

(c) The following examples of illegal drug use or possession will be considered in the evaluation of the overall suitability of that individual and may result in disqualification.
1. Any illegal use, manufacture, cultivation or possession of a drug as a juvenile.
2. Any illegal adult use or possession of a drug that does not meet the criteria of the automatic disqualifiers specified above.
3. Any illegal or unauthorized use of prescription medications within five years of application.
(d) An applicant may also be disqualified for the illegal use/misuse of legally prescribed drugs or medications. An applicant may also be disqualified if the applicant's alcoholic beverage consumption is shown to impair his/her ability to perform in a satisfactory manner
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
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 the hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collections will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBankruptcy two or more times.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing which is maintained and refreshed on a quarterly basis as scores are received from PST wth oral board interviews conducted on an as needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of ten" with the top ten candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur. Once a candidate has passed the test, the candidate will receive an invitation from the City of Spokane to complete an application form through the City's jobs page (my.spokanecity.org). The City of Spokane will accept applications for a two-week period following each quarterly refresh date.

Number of current vacancies: 1-10

Salary Information

$ 48,587 annually.

Benefit Information

Major medical and life insurance policies are available at group rates to employees and families; paid vacation; paid sick leave; paid sick leave; LEOFF retirement; tuition reimbursement program and other negotiated benefits.