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Olympia Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Olympia Police Department
    601 4th Ave E
    Olympia, Washington 98501
    Phone: 360-753-8300
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/01/2011 | Last updated: 01/30/2019

Community Information

Olympia - the Capitol City of Washington State - enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, an engaged and educated community, and a well-supported school system. In addition to public and private primary and secondary schools, Olympia features a community college (South Puget Sound C.C), a state college (The Evergreen State College) and a private Catholic university (St. Martin’s University).

Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Olympia's geographic location puts one within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions - from hiking, skiing and hunting in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores to biking in the Capitol State Forest. Olympia is the home to several community-wide and diverse celebrations such as Lakefair, Arts Walk, Harbor Days, Pet Parade and the Christmas Parade among others.

Olympia has been voted as the Best Place in Western Washington to raise a family and recognized as the most secure and livable mid-sized metro area in the nation. Referred to as the “Hippest Town in the West” by Time Magazine, Olympia is the place to discover creative communities, fresh air and affordable living. It is a great place to serve!

Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view more information about our Department.

Department Information

The Olympia Police Department is housed in City Hall in downtown Olympia. Our new City Hall building opened in March of 2011 and our police facilities are roomy and modern. The department employs 94 personnel total with 12 corrections officers and 68 commissioned law enforcement officers. The corrections staff maintains a 28-bed facility used for the housing of misdemeanor offenders. The Department offers several specialty assignments for commissioned personnel to include Detectives, Traffic Unit, K-9, School Resource Officer, S.W.A.T. and Instructor Teams for Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Recruit Training (PTO).

The Olympia Police Department offers salaries that are competitive with other Western Washington police agencies and a benefit package for commissioned personnel that includes: 100% City-paid employee medical, dental and vision insurance; 11 paid holidays; a generous leave accrual schedule; specialty assignment pay; education incentive pay; bilingual incentive pay; longevity pay; fitness incentive pay and a cleaning/clothing allowance.

Officers work an enviable patrol schedule with 10 hour, 40 minute shifts. This allows for a work rotation that is 5/4, 5/4 and 5/5 (days on/days off).

Area Information

  • Population Size: 51,202
  • County: Thurston
  • # of staff: 97

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 None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Ability to distinguish colors.

Uncorrected vision of no worse than 20/200 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 vision in one eye and not worse than 20/40 vision in the other eye.
Other If you were in the Armed Forces and you were discharged under honorable conditions: must provide DD-214 upon request by the City after testing with PST.
Applicants must pass all portions of the exam process, the physical ability test, and a Suitability Assessment in order to be placed on the Olympia Civil Service Eligibility List.
As openings occur, applicants on the Eligibility List will be interviewed and a background check will be conducted. If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be polygraphed, undergo a Phase II psychological examination and a medical examination.

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    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct
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.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticMust have been discharged from the Military under honorable conditions.
Automatic***Other than the listed disqualifiers, the Olympia Police Department does not discuss disqualifiers, prior to the hiring process, with candidates.***

Current Hiring Status

The Olympia Police Department continuously tests for Entry-Level Police Officer and currently has 5 openings (as of 12/31/2018).  We anticipate several more through the end of the year.

As openings occur, applicants on the Eligibility List will be interviewed and a background check will be conducted. If given a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be polygraphed, undergo a psychological examination and a medical examination.

Salary Information

Starting Salary Range:
Entry Level: $6,593.58 - $8,163.50 (monthly)

Benefit Information

Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view the current Police Guild Labor Agreement