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Ferndale Police Department


  • Contact Information

    Ferndale Police Department
    2220 Main Street
    PO Box 1257
    Ferndale, Washington 98248
    Phone: 360-384-3390
    Department Website

Agency Added: 12/12/2003 | Last updated: 11/08/2018

Community Information

Located in Whatcom County, the City of Ferndale is rapidly expanding in both population and geographic area. Located four miles north of Bellingham, the City covers approximately five square miles. Interstate 5 passes through the middle of the City and provides easy access via three exits. The Canadian border is 15 minutes North of the City, and Seattle is an hour and a half south. Ferndale is centrally located, allowing the 11,415 residents to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking at Mt. Baker, or beach activities at Birch Bay and the Puget Sound. Industry, such as the BP refinery and Intalco Aluminum processing plant provide much of the local employment.

Department Information

The Ferndale Police Department structure consists of Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 3 Sergeants, and 12 Officers. Specialty assignments include School Resource Officer, Detective.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 11,415
  • County: Whatcom

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 Disqualifying.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements 20/100 uncorrected, 20/20 corrected. Refractory surgery reviewed on case by case basis. X  
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.
   
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    

Agency Disqualifiers:

THE FOLLOWING ARE AUTOMATIC AND POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY TO OUR AGENCY IF THEY INDICATE ANY OF THE AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS. POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Category Disqualifier
Driving
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic5 or more moving violations in past 5 years.
Automatic3 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
PotentialIllegal or improper drug use will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialMisdemeanor convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticConviction of any domestic violence statute.
Employment
AutomaticPrevious or current denial of CJTC/POST certified Peace Officer Status.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interview 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 Entry Level vacancies: 0

Number of current Lateral Level vacancies: 0
*Please contact the Ferndale Police Department directly for a Lateral Level Application.

Salary Information

                         2018 2019
1st Year: $5,801 $5,859
2nd Year: $5,974 $6,034 
3rd Year: $6,183 $6,276 
4th Year: $6,401 $6,529 
5th Year: $6,689 $6,940


Longevity after 6 Years.
Deferred Comp. match
Education Incentive
SWAT & Instructor Premium 

Benefit Information

Medical Coverage: 5% co-pay monthly premium;
Dental Coverage: 100 % Employer Provided;
Vision Coverage: 100% Employer Provided.
Take Home Vehicle Policy