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Des Moines Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Des Moines Police Department
    21900 11th Ave South
    Des Moines, Washington 98198
    Phone: 206-878-3301
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/04/2006 | Last updated: 12/13/2018

Community Information

The City of Des Moines is a waterfront community, situated on the shores of Puget Sound. It has a large city-owned Marina in the downtown core. Two additional city-owned waterfront parks, and a State-run waterfront campground, help make Des Moines a beautiful community. Des Moines is situated midpoint between Seattle and Tacoma on the I-5 corridor, immediately south and adjacent to the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Des Moines is home to Highline Community College.

Department Information

The department, under the direction of Chief Ken Thomas, is guided by a written strategic plan. Developed mutually by the department and community, the strategic plan has specific goals and objectives helping the department to plan and grow. Valuing high ethical standards, the department prides itself in the quality of its employees and service to the community. Des Moines is a modern department with quality equipment and a caring and supportive staff.

Patrol Officers work a 3 days on 3 days off 12 hour schedule. The department is seeking individuals who want to do more than answer calls for service. We are seeking officers who are problem-solvers and wanting to work with the community to reduce calls for service and lower the crime rate.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 30,570
  • County: King

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 Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment.   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Per LEOFF Standards.   X
College Requirement No college required; however, preference points are awarded based on the following types of degrees from a college accredited by either the Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges or by any other regional accredited association formally recognized by NASC:

AA or AS: 5% added to final cumulative score
BA or BS: 8% added to final cumulative score
MA, MS, or MPA: 10% added to final cumulative score
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must successfully obtain within one year of hire.    
Reserve Officer Certification Preference Points Successful completion of a police reserve academy approved by the Civil Service Commission or a Des Moines approved reserve officer training academy receives 5% added to their final cumulative score.    
Veterans Preference Points Any applicant who meets the requirements of the Civil Service Commission of Des Moines & RCW 41.04.010 is eligible to receive 10% added to their final cumulative score. Veteran means any person who satisfies the definition in RCW 41.04.005.    
Other Reserve Officers with approved certification are eligible to have their names and scores placed on a separate hiring list.

Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticReceipt of three or more moving violations within the two years prior to application.
AutomaticInvolvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within five years prior to date of application
AutomaticOne or more traffic crime convictions in the last five years. This includes DUI, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, etc.
Drug Usage
AutomaticAny use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within seven years prior to application for employment.
AutomaticAny use or possession of marijuana within one year prior to application for employment.
AutomaticAny other illegal use or possession of a drug not mentioned above (including cocaine) within three years prior to application for employment.
AutomaticAny illegal use or possession of a drug while employed in any law enforcement capacity, including military police.
AutomaticAny manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance.
AutomaticFailure to divulge to the Department any information about personal illegal use or possession of drugs.
AutomaticAny drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected.
PotentialAny illegal use or possession of a drug as a juvenile.
PotentialAny illegal adult use or possession of a drug that does not meet the criteria of the automatic disqualifiers specified above.
PotentialAny illegal or unauthorized use of prescription medications.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticConviction of any offense classified as a misdemeanor under Washington law while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers).
AutomaticAdmission(s) of any act while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers) involving lying, falsification of any official report or document, theft, or crimes of deception.
AutomaticPrevious revocation of CJTC/POST Certification or suspension of current CJTC/POST Certification.
AutomaticAdmission(s) of any unlawful sexual misconduct.
PotentialConviction of any criminal offense classified as a misdemeanor under Washington law within three years prior to application.
PotentialConviction for two or more misdemeanor offenses under Washington law as an adult.
PotentialAdmission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony under Washington law.
PotentialAdmission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law.
PotentialAny history of actions resulting in civil lawsuits against the applicant or his/her employer may be disqualifying.
PotentialDisqualification from consideration for law enforcement, fire, corrections or dispatch employment.
PotentialHaving any outstanding warrant of arrest at time of application.
PotentialAdmission(s) of and/ or criminal conviction(s) for any act amounting to assault under color of authority or any other violation of federal or state civil rights laws.
PotentialAdmission(s) of and/ or administrative findings for failure to properly report witnessed criminal conduct committed by another law enforcement officer.
PotentialResigning from any paid position without notice shall be disqualifying, except where the presence of a hostile work environment is alleged.
PotentialHaving been disciplined by any employer (including military) as an adult for abuse of leave, gross insubordination, dereliction of duty, or persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations.
PotentialHaving been involuntarily dismissed (for any reason other than lay-off) from two or more employers as an adult.
PotentialHaving held more than seven paid positions with different employers within the past four years, or more than 15 paid positions with different employers in the past ten years (excluding military). Students who attend school away from their permanent legal residence may be excused from this requirement.
PotentialHaving been disciplined by any employer (including the military and/or any law enforcement training facility) for acts constituting racial, ethnic or sexual harassment or discrimination.
PotentialHaving been disciplined by any employer as an adult for fighting in the workplace.
PotentialHaving undergone personal bankruptcy more than once, having current financial obligations for which legal judgments have not been satisfied, currently having wages garnished, or any other history of financial instability.
AutomaticAny material misstatement of fact or significant admission during the application or background process shall be disqualifying, including inconsistent statements made during the initial background interview or polygraph examination or discrepancies between this background investigation and other investigations conducted by other law enforcement agencies.
AutomaticAny forgery, alteration, or intentional omission of material facts on an official employment application document or sustained episodes of academic cheating.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
AutomaticFailure to pay Income Tax or Child Support.
PotentialUttering any epithet derogatory of another person's race, religion, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.
PotentialMissing any scheduled appointment during the background process without prior permission.
PotentialBeing under current academic dismissal from any college or university where such dismissal is still in effect.
PotentialHaving been academically dismissed from any CJTC certified basic law enforcement academy wherein no demonstrated effort has been made to improve in the deficient areas, except: subsequent successful completion of another CJTC basic law enforcement academy shall rescind this requirement.

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 and selection as vacancies occur.



Salary Information

Annual Base Salary: $61,464 - 97,416 

Premium Pay and Benefits

  • Educational incentive pay:  2.5% for AA/AS/AT, 4% for BA/BS, 5% for MA/MS/MPA
  • Master Police Officer (MPO) pay steps
  • Bank of 96 hours of holiday leave received each January
  • 48 hours of holiday time may be cashed out each December
  • 110 hours of Kelly Time off per year
  • 96 hours of paid vacation leave per year, progressing up to 192 hours
  • 96 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Monthly sick leave cash out deposited into 457 account (2 hours if sick leave balance is over 200 hours, 3 hours if over 300 hours)
  • The City participates in the Washington State LEOFF retirement system.  
  • In addition, the City contributes 6.52% of wages to a 401(a) Social Security replacement plan. 

Note:  Execution of a new Guild Contract may amend Salary amounts and Benefits.


Benefit Information

Insurance Coverage and Retirement: The City provides an attractive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance at 150% of annual salary, long term disability insurance, survivor income benefit insurance, Washington State LEOFF retirement, plus a 401(a) Social Security replacement plan.  See Benefits Summary at http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1966. 

Note:  Execution of a new Guild Contract may amend Salary amounts and Benefits.