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Ellensburg Police Department - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Ellensburg Police Department - LATERAL
    100 North Pearl Street
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926
    Phone: 509-962-7280
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 06/14/2018

Community Information

Ellensburg is located in the geographic center of Washington at the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Ellensburg is home to Central Washington University, the world famous Ellensburg Rodeo, and year round recreation from the Cascades to the Columbia River.

Department Information

The Ellensburg Police Department strives to build & foster citizen trust through community partnerships as well as proactive and innovative policing strategies. Officers are encouraged to engage and interact with community members to improve our citizen's quality of life.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 18,320
  • County: Kittitas

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   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Lateral Hires must have successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Academy, probationary period and a minimum of one year experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer   X
Prior Experience Requirement Lateral Hires must have successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Academy, probationary period and a minimum of one year experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer X  
Other 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
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years
Automatic3 or more moving violations in past 3 years
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity
AutomaticIllegal opiate use
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 0 years. No more than 0 uses total
AutomaticIllegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances
AutomaticOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on 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 3 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 3 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
AutomaticAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct
Automatic3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: untruthfulness, refusal to submit to polygraph
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
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of WA (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support
AutomaticCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed

Current Hiring Status

The recruitment 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.

Salary Information

Listed wages are effective 7/1/2018.

$4,828/month Probationary

$5,170/month Third Class

$5,468/month Second Class

$6,288/month First Class

In addition, there is incentive pay for physical fitness determined by an annual fitness assessment.  There is also an education incentive and longevity pay. 


Benefit Information

Paid Life Insurance, Medical Dental and Vision paid at 90%, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Educational, Specialty and Longevity Pay, Fitness Incentive, Uniform Allowance