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Kent Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Kent Police Department
    220 4th Avenue S
    Kent, Washington 98032
    Phone: 253-856-5800
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/19/2004 | Last updated: 03/07/2019

Community Information

The City of Kent was incorporated in 1889 and has steadily grown from an area of agriculture and farming into a city of production and manufacturing. The City has 3 main areas: the West Hill is a combination of residential and commercial services; the Valley which is a mixture of residential, warehousing, manufacturing, and commercial services, and the East Hill, which is primarily residential with commercial services. Our static population is approximately 125,000 but grows to approximately 400,000 during the day. We are currently the 6th largest city in the state of Washington.

Department Information

The Kent Police Department is a full service municipal department, consisting of three divisions; Patrol, Support Services/Investigations, and Corrections. We offer a wide variety of law enforcement assignments within the Patrol division including K9, bicycle patrol and marine services, field training, riot team, SWAT and hostage negotiations, and traffic enforcement positions. Support Services/Investigations include detectives, crime prevention/community education, crime scene investigators, evidence and records units, a staffed training center and indoor firearms range, additional civilian positions and the City of Kent Corrections Facility (city jail). Initial assignment will be to the Patrol division where patrol officers work a 10 hour shift, 4 day on, 3 day off week, with days off rotating every 6 weeks. Officers bid for shifts on a semi-annual basis. Benefits include education reimbursement, longevity compensation, excellent medical, dental and vision benefits and the best available training and equipment. Salary enhancements for professional physical fitness and specialty assignments are available. Kent Police Department is state accredited with WASPC. There are 209 employees, 160 commissioned positions and 52 civilian positions.

Area Information

  • Population Size:125,000
  • 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 Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 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 consider all the scores from the same applicant    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticCurrently prohibited from driving a vehicle by virtue of a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Washington or any other state.
AutomaticCandidate must be insurable according to City's insurance carrier standards.
PotentialThe Driver Evaluation Point System is a point system to determine if current employees or potential new employees are eligible to operate a motor vehicle within the scope of their employment, based on their driving history. Compare the moving violations listed on your driver's abstract (a five year record review is recommended) to this rating guide. Please follow the link below to review the Driver Evaluation Point System:
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If your driving record is under 5 points, continue the application.
Questions should be directed to the Civil Service Office (253) 856-4320.
AutomaticYour driving record is 5 points or greater. Questions should be directed to the Civil Service Office (253-856-5280).
Drug Usage
AutomaticPossessed any of the following in the last year other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Marijuana; (b) Anabolic steroids without a prescription; (c) Club drugs, including Ketamine, GHB, MDMA, Ecstacy; or (d) Aerosols for the purpose of inhaling including paint (for huffing), nitrous oxide (for whippits), or KHAT.
AutomaticPossessed any of the following in the last three years other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Methamphetamine; (b) Cocaine in any form; (c) Heroin; or (d) Hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD, PCP, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote.
AutomaticEver used illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency.
AutomaticParticipation in the manufacture of illegal drugs within the past 10 years.
AutomaticParticipation in the delivery or sale of illegal drugs within the past 10 years outside of your official duties with a law enforcement agency.
PotentialIllegal drug use, in any form, will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny felony conviction in Washington or in any other state.
AutomaticAny conviction for a federal criminal offense.
AutomaticAny conviction of a crime under a domestic violence statute that has resulted in your inability to possess a firearm.
AutomaticAny requirement to ever register as a sex offender.
AutomaticAny conviction for driving under the influence, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit and run within the last 5 years.
AutomaticAny conviction for a misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude, including crimes involving theft, fraud, dishonesty, or cheating of any sort.
AutomaticAny conviction for a misdemeanor crime involving the use of violence.
AutomaticAny prohibition, by any law, from possessing a firearm.
AutomaticEver used the internet as an adult (18 years of age or older) to intentionally search for and access images or videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct outside of an official duty as a law enforcement officer or in the course of prosecuting or representing a person charged with such offense.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticEver had a certification as a law enforcement officer revoked or denied by any government agency.
AutomaticEver been found, by an employing law enforcement agency, to have committed an act of dishonesty.
AutomaticEver made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment, or has an employer or prospective employer determined that you made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment.
AutomaticEver been fired or terminated from a position with a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency.
AutomaticEver received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is on a continuous basis and maintained as scores are received from PST with subsequent testing conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of seven" with the top seven candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 13 more in 2019

Salary Information

Salary ranges from $68.520 progressing to $87,924 per year (as of January 2019). Salary can be enhanced by education level, physical fitness incentive, assignments, longevity, and foreign language fluency.

Benefit Information

WE HAVE A TAKE HOME VEHICLE PROGRAM AS WELL AS A RETIREMENT MEDICAL PROGRAM! LEOFF 2 retirement, deferred compensation program, 4 medical plan options to choose from. 150 hours of sick leave earned annually, 96 hours of vacation earned annually and increasing based on longevity. Employees accrue 11 holidays, 4 of which are bought back by the city at the end of the year. The department provides all equipment and training.

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