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Longview Police Department – Entry Level

  • Contact Information

    Longview Police Department – Entry Level
    1525 Broadway
    Longview, Washington 98632
    Phone: 360-442-5004
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 01/15/2019

Community Information

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Department Information

See City Website, www.mylongview.com

Area Information

  • Population Size: 36,000
  • County: Cowlitz

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Applicants testing for entry level police officer positions must be at least twenty and one half (20 ½) years of age and twenty one years (21) years of age at time of appointment. X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Required and an acceptable five-year driving record. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Acceptable personal background.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Acceptable personal background.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
College Requirement Yes, Associate's Degree or meet waiver requirements. 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 only consider the most recent score    

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.

Number of Current Vacancies: 1

Salary Information

Patrol Officer - Training (first 6 months) $5,734 per month
Patrol Officer - Base Salary (after 6 months) $6,036 - $7,419 per month

Benefit Information

The City provides a comprehensive benefits package that is predominantly employer-paid for full family coverage, which includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program, long-term disability insurance, and employee basic life insurance with buy-up options for the employee, employee's spouse and dependents. All employees are required to participate in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems programs and have the option to participate in a 457 deferred compensation program. Other benefits include generous paid leave such as vacation, holidays, and sick leave, and voluntary participation in a tax-deferred medical or dependent 125 plans.

Vacation:  Upon hire 54 hours per year (2.25 hours per pay period), 2-4 yrs of service 96 hours per year (4 hours per pay period), 5-9 yrs of service 132 hours per year (5.50 hours per pay period), 10-14 years of service 156 hours per year (6.50 hours per pay period), 15-19 years of service 180 hours per year (7.50 per pay period), 20+ years of service 204 hours per year (8.50 per pay period).   

Holidays:  96 hours of annual holiday leave bank 

Sick Leave:  Upon hire 96 hours, then 8 hours per month.

Education Premium:  Employees with BA/BS Degree earn 4% per month.

Spanish Bilingual Premium:  $75 per month

Equipment/Clothing Allowance:  $350 per year

Longevity Pay:  2% at 5 years of service, 4% at 10 years of service, 6% at 15 years of service, 8% at 20+ years of service.  

Medical Plan:  95% of medical premiums are paid by the City for employee's and dependents.  A waiver of coverage into a VEBA account is provided at $750 per month for those with qualifying coverage.

Dental/Vision plans:  100% of dental and vision premiums are paid by the City for employee's and dependents.

Life Insurance:  $50,000 of basic life insurance is provided for employees and paid for by the City. 

Long Term Disability Insurance:   A Long Term Disability policy is provided by the City for employees.