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Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral
    116 N. Main Avenue
    PO Box 546
    Ridgefield, Washington 98642
    Phone: 360-887-3556
    Department Website

Agency Added: 01/09/2019 | Last updated: 01/10/2019

Community Information

Ridgefield, recently ranked #4 for ”Cities on the Edge of Greatness,” is a small bedroom community 14 miles North of Vancouver, WA. whose heritage is deeply connected to the water and the land. As the Gateway to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and a key entry point to the Columbia River, we offer unparalleled access to prime examples of the Northwest Lifestyle. With a city population of 8000 and 20,000 total outlying population , the community has unique offerings from our local merchants, artisans, wineries and companies supporting commerce and industry throughout the Northwest and beyond.

Department Information

The Ridgefield Police Department currently provides 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 day coverage through its budgeted staff of six police officers, two Sergeants, one Lieutenant and the Chief of Police. Calls for emergency service are dispatched to officers in the field by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) over an 800 MHZ radio system. The Officers work four 11-hour consecutive shifts with four days off, with one extra day of training every other month. They rotate shifts between day,swing and graveyard every 4 months. Traffic safety is an important goal to keep our citizens safe while driving on the public roadways and is aggressively enforced. The department is fortunate to experience a good working relationship with residents and the local business community, and continues to further strengthen those relationships through the implementation of neighborhood programs and community partnerships.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 8,000
  • County: Clark

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    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
College Requirement AA degree preferred but not required. X  
Other Lateral applicants are not required to take the physical ability test.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticA DUI conviction, diversion, expungement or breath test refusal in the past 5 years. More than one DUI conviction.
AutomaticA misdemeanor driver's license suspension in the last five years.
AutomaticAn infraction driver's license suspension in the last three years.
AutomaticThree or more hazardous traffic infractions in the last five years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 7 years. No more than 1 use total.
AutomaticOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
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.
AutomaticAn applicant must have no prior conviction for or any general factual equivalent of such violations. That is, any deferred prosecution, stipulated continuance, or other equivalent for: A) Any felony whatsoever. B) Crime of domestic violence as defined by RCW 10.99.020. C) Crime classified as domestic violence in any other state, or tribal court. D) Any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: - Lied during any stage of the hiring process. - Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process. - Each termination/discharge will be looked at on an individual basis.

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 five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

$4787 - $5997/month based on experience.

Benefit Information

The City of Ridgefield offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes family and domestic partner health benefits such as medical, dental and vision. Other benefits include retirement through Washington State Retirement System, life insurance, long-term disability, holiday pay, vacation and sick leave.