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Wapato Police Department - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Wapato Police Department - LATERAL
    205 South Simcoe
    Wapato, Washington 98951
    Phone: 509-877-4275
    Department Website

Agency Added: 05/17/2018 | Last updated: 05/30/2018

Community Information

Wapato is situated in Central Washington, approximately 10 miles south of Yakima on the Yakima Nation Indian Reservation. Our community is made up of approximately 5000 people and our economy is primarily agricultural.

Department Information

The Police Department protects and serves the residents of Wapato. They offer a variety of investigative, preventative, and community policing programs. Their goal is to listen to you and work with you about your concerns in the community. The Municipal Jail houses our local inmates as well as inmates from contract cities.

The Wapato Police Department has a staff of 17: 10 Sworn Officers, 5 Certified Correctional Officers, and 2 Civilian Clerks and 1 Reserve Officer. The Department provides the Community of Wapato with 24-hour Police Services. The Officers are dispatched to calls by the Yakima County Sheriff Dispatch Center. Our jail houses 73 inmates, both local and out of county inmates.

Area Information

  • County: Yakima
  • Population: Approximately 5000
  • # of Staff: 11 Commissioned Officers

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Must be 21 years old. 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 No felony convictions adult. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions a juvenile. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements 20/20 corrected vision. X  
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification BLEA certificate from WA or be able to get BLEA with qualifying out of state certificate. X  
Prior Experience Requirement Minimum 2 years experience full time law enforcement. X  
Other Lateral applicants for Wapato PD are not required to take the physical ability test.

This agency allows the out of state testing process.
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
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 5 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use, no more than 0 uses total.
AutomaticIllegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on a 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 5 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 5 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 statute.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
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.
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. Number of Current Vacancies: 3

Salary Information

$3,495.46 to $4,996.24 a month depending on qualifications and experience. With a raise in 2019 on current Teamsters Contract.

Benefit Information

Medical Dental and Vision coverage. Sick time accrued at 8 hours a month, 11 holidays a year, one 8 hour personal day a year, take home car, vacation starting at 12 days a year and going up per union contract, longevity pay after 5 years, AA degree $61.00 per month BA/BS $122 a month, clothing allowance of $1,050.00 a year. Additional incentives for bilingual Spanish speaking.