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Moses Lake Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Moses Lake Police Department
    PO Box 1579
    Moses Lake, Washington 98837
    Phone: 509-764-3887
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 01/09/2019

Community Information

The City of Moses Lake is located in central Grant County with a population of approximately 22,080. Moses Lake encompasses 17 square miles and is home to many industries such as Boeing, Genie Industries, REC Silicon, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, and many others. Moses Lake is centrally located along I-90 and is only one hour from Spokane and Tri-Cities. Grant County has some of the best recreational activities in the state such as hunting, fishing and boating. We enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year and seldom see a harsh winter.

Department Information

The Moses Lake Police Department has 37 sworn officers and 8 civilian employees. The department is a values based organization that is responsive to the needs of our community. We provide police services based on our core values of Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion and Service. While the department is organized into two divisions; Operations and Support Services, we operate as a team to effectively deal with our customers’ needs. This teamwork mentality includes working closely with the other agencies in Grant and Adams Counties. The patrol officers work 12 hour shifts with a four days on four days off schedule. Detectives currently work four 10 hour days. There are several specialty opportunities within the department including School Resource Officers, Major Crimes Detectives, Street Crimes Detectives, K9 Officers, Tactical Response Team, Honor Guard, and a US Marshall’s Task Force.  We value our employees and strive to provide the most updated equipment and training. See below for pay and benefits.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 22,080
  • County: Grant

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 X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must qualify under the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission's standards for attendance at Commission sponsored schools.    
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 the highest score received within the past one year    

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 use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
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.
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 (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
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: Failure of qualifying only tests - polygraph, psychological, or medical physical.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Number of current vacancies: 1 to 2 positions within the next 6 months.

Salary Information

$5239 - $6549 monthly with a 3.5% pay raise in 2020-2021. There is a 2% educational incentive for AA and AAS degree and 4% educational incentive for a BA or BS degree from an accredited college recognized by the State of Washington.  Officers also receive longevity pay and specialty pay for Bi-lingual Spanish and assignments in K9 and Investigations.   

Benefit Information

Annual leave, sick leave, and vision, dental, and medical insurance for employee and dependents