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La Center Police Department - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    La Center Police Department - LATERAL
    214 E. 4th Street
    La Center, Washington 98629
    Phone: 360-263-8663
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 01/30/2018

Community Information

Located east of Interstate 5 at Exit 16, La Center is in north Clark County, Washington, near the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range affording magnificent views of Mount St. Helens. The southern border of the City abuts the East Fork of the Lewis River. Early settlers came to the area on sternwheelers to settle the land. They became business owners, farmers and loggers. The sternwheeler "Leona" accents the river history. In 1912 the Leona was docked on the north shore undergoing repairs when a fire broke out on board. She was cut loose, drifted to the south shore where she burned beyond repair. Today, the hull of Leona can be seen at low water times about 100 feet west of the La Center Bridge. Residents and visitors enjoy an abundance of wildlife that habitat the La Center Wetlands Stewardship Site maintained by Clark County. Canadian Geese and Tundra Swan are annual visitors as they rest from their journey along the Pacific Flyway. Family recreational opportunities are also found in two City parks. The 12 acre City of La Center Park hosts a community building, ball fields, play area and a pathway for walking or jogging. Heritage Park, located in the northern part of the City, is a beautiful greenbelt area offering a play area and walking opportunities. The General Commercial District hosts stores including a small food/fuel convenience market, a pizza restaurant, video store, and tavern. Restaurants offering a variety of foods are located in four mini-casinos adjacent to the General Commercial District.

Department Information

Chief of Police, 2 Sergeants,4 full-time officers, 1 Administrative Assistant & 1 Police Clerk

Area Information

  • Population Size: 3,044
  • County: Clark

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 Conviction of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving drugs, alcohol, theft, or sex offenses will be grounds for rejection of the applicant and removal of name from the eligibility list. X  
College Requirement AA Degree preferred - not required    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification To be admitted to an examination for Lateral Entry Police Officer, a candidate must meet the following minimum qualification requirements:
1. Have successfully completed a State law enforcement academy training program.
2. An applicant who has completed a State Law Enforcement academy other than Washington State Law Enforcement Academy must successfully challenge the regular Washington State Law Enforcement Academy with one (1) year of the hire date.
3. An applicant who has successfully completed the Washington State Law Enforcement training with a break in continuous law enforcement officer employment of more than 24 months, but less than 37 months, must agree to challenge the regular Washington State Academy program through participation in the basic equivalence process within one year from the date of hire.
4. A candidate who has successfully completed the Washington State Law Enforcement Academy with a break in continuous law enforcement officer employment of 37 months or more, or a candidate who has successfully completed a state law enforcement academy other than the Washington State academy with a break in continuous law enforcement officer employment greater than 24 months, shall be ineligible for lateral entry.
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    

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: 1

Salary Information

Start $4,008.91 - $5,116.49 (five years)

Benefit Information

Fully-paid medical, dental, vision, $10K life insurance. Includes dependents. Sick leave 12 hrs per month; vacation accrual; Educational incentive for AA or BA; Clothing & equipment per contract; Uniform cleaning.