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Pullman Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Pullman Police Department
    260 SE Kamiaken Street
    Pullman, Washington 99163
    Phone: 509-334-0802
    Department Website

Agency Added: 01/01/2019 | Last updated: 03/19/2019

Community Information

Pullman: Live. Work. Play.
Situated on the picturesque hills of the Palouse, Pullman is a small town with the amenities, culture, and services typically offered in urban environments. With an unparalleled standard of living, opportunities to hike, fish, bike ride, or just enjoy more than eight miles of city pathways and trails, Pullman is a place to call home. Having a world class research institute of higher living, Pullman also provides students, visitors, and residents a vibrant college town environment and access to innumerable high quality activities.

Department Information

The Pullman Police Department is a full-service, proactive and progressive law enforcement agency serving the City of Pullman. Services provided include crime prevention, criminal and traffic collision investigation, dispute mediation, traffic and parking enforcement, animal control, and code enforcement. Specialty assignments include detective, field training officer, college hill officer, school resource officer, regional drug task force detective, SWAT, and drone pilot. The Pullman Police Department embraces the Community Policing model of active community engagement and cooperation. The Police Department mission statement is “Policing Our Community with Compassion and Professionalism.” Staffing consists of 33 sworn officers and a support staff of 15 providing 24/7 patrol and records coverage. Patrol officers work a 9/80 schedule and detectives work a 4/10 schedule.

Area Information

  • County: Whitman County
  • Population: 33,370
  • # of Staff: 48

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 No felony convictions    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Corrected to 20/20   X
Other This agency allows the Remote Testing Process.

• Read and understand laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
• Develop skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms and law enforcement equipment.
• Learn and perform first aid.
• Have physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the work required.
• Maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.
• Successfully pass a Medical Evaluation.
• Successfully pass Washington State Police Academy.

Job Description: This position performs law enforcement, crime investigation, and crime prevention work. Primary responsibility is for the protection of life through enforcing statutes and laws. Duties normally consist of patrol and traffic activities in the city on an assigned shift in a patrol car, on foot, or bicycle and preliminary investigations; however employees may be delegated assignments in specialized areas. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must exercise individual judgment and discretion in meeting emergencies and enforcing ordinances and laws.

Example of Duties:
• Engages in preventive patrol to determine the existence of actual or potential troublesome crime related situations.
• Conducts investigations regarding possible law violation.
• Determines existence of probable cause, identifies, and takes suspects and offenders into physical custody; conducts examinations of persons, vehicles, premises, or areas to determine the presence of individuals or illegal activities or articles; takes necessary steps to locate, identify, and impound property taken from rightful owners; takes suspect or offender into custody and delivers them to appropriate confinement location, maintaining security and safety of individuals being moved from one place to another; transfers or accepts custody of suspects or offenders and participates in completion of required jail intake procedures.
• Is assigned an active case load requiring follow-up investigations and continues with assigned investigation, unless relieved of the case by a supervisor, until the investigation leads to a logical conclusion.
• Initiates public service activities and responds to requests from persons for information and assistance.
• Monitors and directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic and enforces traffic regulations. Issues traffic citations where appropriate.
• Conducts investigations of traffic accidents.
• Attempts to locate offenders or pursue and capture escaped inmates and suspects.
• Participates in directed patrol activities in either a motor vehicle, on a bicycle, or on foot.

Tools and Equipment Used: Police car; police radio; lidar; radar gun; handgun and other weapons as required; side-handle baton; handcuffs; breathalyzer; first aid equipment; investigating equipment, including camera and fingerprinting apparatus; video equipment; telephone; personal computer; fax machine; copy machine; smart phone; body-worn camera; in-car camera.

Selection Factors: Applicants should describe their previous experience and training for each of the following selection factors. These factors will be the basis for selecting the most qualified applicants to be interviewed. Candidates selected for employment must satisfactorily demonstrate possession of these factors during a prescribed probationary period, and afterwards, for continued employment.

• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers, and to determine proper course of action.
• Ability to read and understand laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
• Ability to cope with stress situations calmly, firmly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights.
• Ability to maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.
• Ability to communicate clearly, verbally, and in writing.
• Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
• Ability to work with other law enforcement officers in teamwork situations.
• Ability to develop skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms and law enforcement equipment.
• Ability to learn and use investigative techniques and procedures.
• Ability to observe and remember details.
• Ability to learn to drive light duty passenger vehicles and bicycles skillfully and in a proper manner.
• Ability to learn and properly perform first aid.
• Ability to work rotating shifts (day, swing, grave).
• Physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
• Possession of a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
• Ability to operate a vehicle safely.
• Ability to receive ACCESS certification within one year of hire.
• Ability to pass extensive background check.
• Must be able to pass a polygraph examination.
• Must be able to pass a psychological examination.
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a peace officer certification in Washington State.
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    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
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.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.

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: 4

Salary Information

Police Officer Trainee: $5,134-$5,260/month (during academy and field training); Police Officer: $5,524-$7,478/month (after completion of field training)

Benefit Information

All uniforms and equipment are issued by Pullman Police Department. Vacation and benefits include 11 paid holidays, 12 paid vacation days (increases with longevity), 12 paid sick days per year, enrollment in Washington State LEOFF2 Retirement, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance provided for employee and dependents.