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Omak Police Department - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    Omak Police Department - LATERAL
    P.O. Box 72
    Omak, Washington 98841
    Phone: 509-826-1170
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 01/05/2019

Community Information

The City of Omak is located in north central Washington, 45 miles south of the Canadian border. The City is located on both sides of the Okanogan River, which serves as the western boundary of the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation. Omak is the largest community in the County with 4 4835 residents, and serves as a commercial shopping hub for 30,000 county residents. Omak’s economic foundation is supported by a Wal-Mart Super Store, Home Depot and Big R Store North 40 Outfitters; numerous retail and restaurant services; and a strong downtown retail core. There are healthy county-wide agricultural and cattle industries; central governmental services with the County seat nearby, and an expanding economy supported by continued development and growth. There are several health and medical services providing benefits to local residents, and a newly renovated hospital. In a valley surrounded by mountains, the Omak area is well known for its variety of year-round outdoor activities and near-by lakes.

Department Information

The Police Department is made up of eleven commissioned police officers, one code enforcement officer, and two office staff. The primary mission of the Omak Police Department is to coordinate and lead the efforts within the community to preserve the public peace, protect the rights of persons and property, prevent crime and generally provide assistance to citizens in urgent situations. The Department is responsible for the enforcement of all federal laws, Washington State laws, and city ordinances within the boundaries of the City of Omak.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 4,705
  • County: Okanogan

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 Lateral hires must have successfully completed basic law enforcement academy.   X
Prior Experience Requirement Completed probationary period and have a minimum of one year experience as a commissioned officer. X  
Other Must be able to pass physical agility test and must be able to pass LEOFF physical.

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
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 5 years.
Automatic3 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 5 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 3 uses total.
AutomaticIllegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances.
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.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Lying
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.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

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 and selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information

STEP I (first 12 months)
STEP I (first 12 months)
Academy Trained
STEP II (after 1 year post Academy) $5,360
STEP III (after 3 years) $5,547
STEP IV (after 5 years) $5,641
  • 5 years - 1% of Base Pay
  • 10 years - 2% of Base Pay
  • 15 years - 3% of Base Pay
  • 20 years - 4% of Base Pay

    FLAT Addition:
  • $333/month - Detective

    Education Incentive:
  • AA degree or 90 credit hours - 1.5% of Base Pay
  • BA or BS Degree - 2.5% of Base Pay
  • MA or PhD - 5% of Base Pay

    Specialty Incentive Pay:
  • One Certification - 1.5% Base Pay
  • Two Certifications - 2.5% Base Pay

  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms/Taser Instructor
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Benefit Information

    Medical/dental/life/vision coverage for employee, assistance in family coverage; WA State Retirement System; WA State Deferred Comp. Program; Trusted Service Disability Plan