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Port Angeles Police Department - Entry Level Officer

  • Contact Information

    Port Angeles Police Department - Entry Level Officer
    321 E. 5th Street
    Port Angeles, Washington 98362
    Phone: 360-417-4510
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 03/02/2018

Community Information

Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and the county seat of Clallam County. The community adjoins Olympic National Park where multiple outdoor recreational activities abound. The community has a variety of educational facilities that include a public school system, private and parochial schools, and Peninsula Community College. Port Angeles is a two and one-half hour drive from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area and a 90 minute ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia. The community is located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and features a large natural harbor. The current population of Port Angeles is approx 19,256. The City is noted for excellent quality of life.

Department Information

The Port Angeles Police Department is a progressive, State-accredited, community policing oriented professional agency currently consisting of 32 commissioned employees, and a civilian contingent of 26 that are primarily responsible for records and dispatch. The department has a School Resource Officer and an officer assigned to a multi-agency Drug Task Force. Additionally, we staff a detective division and two K-9 officers. Contractual benefits include vacation and 12 holidays, overtime, sick leave, quartermaster uniform system, standby pay, educational incentive pay, and longevity pay. Officers also take patrol cars home, subject to 10 mile response time. Additional information can be found on the City of Port Angeles web site http://www.cityofpa.us . Initial assignment: Following appointment and successful completion of the Basic Academy (new hire only) the appointee will be assigned to a Field Training Officer for a minimum of 14 weeks of additional training before being assigned to patrol duties.

We are approved for the GI Bill Apprenticeship and on the job training program.

Patrol officers work 11 hour days and work four days on followed by 4 days off. This allows for an increased number of days off per year allowing officers to spend more time with their families, be well rested and achieve a better work, home balance.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 19,256
  • County: Clallam

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
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20   X
College Requirement Applicants must have completed 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours from an accredited College or University.   X
Prior Experience Requirement Yes   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 consider all the scores from the same applicant    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
AutomaticConvicted of Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence, Driving After Suspended or Revoked within preceding 5 years
Automatic3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
PotentialReceived more than three moving traffic violations within the preceding 3 years; or received a reckless driving or driving after suspended/revoked violation within the preceding 5 years
PotentialSuspension or revocation of driving license within the preceding 5 years.
PotentialExcessive traffic violations.
PotentialInvolvement in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of “guilty”or “nolo contendere”.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticSold marijuana, narcotics or dangerous drugs.
AutomaticHas or had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
AutomaticUsed any narcotic or dangerous drug by injection.
AutomaticUsed any dangerous drug or narcotic (excluding marijuana) within the past 5 years, for any purpose.
AutomaticUsed any dangerous drug or narcotic (excluding marijuana) more than 3 times in totality.
PotentialUse of marijuana within the past 2 years, for any purpose
PotentialAlcohol or substance misuse and/or abuse, other than above.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticBeen previously employed as a law enforcement employee and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
AutomaticBeen convicted of a felony (or pled no contend ere to a felony charge), or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute, been convicted of stalking or unlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticCommitted any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
PotentialCommission of a felony.
PotentialIncarceration after conviction for any crime.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.
AutomaticHas received a dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her personal history questionnaire or application.
PotentialHas received other than an honorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.
PotentialDebts—A demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.
PotentialAny other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
AutomaticContact PAPD for additional information.

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 under Civil Service Rules with any of the top ten candidates being eligible for a Chief's interview and subsequent background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 0    (PAPD continues to create a hiring list.)

Salary Information

Base: $5217-$6213 per month;
AA Degree: 2%/month
BA Degree: 4%/month

Contract expires December 2018

Benefit Information

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, LTD, EAP, Retirement, Educational Incentive Pay, Longevity Pay, employee pays only 11.5% of medical premiums.

Longevity Pay:
2% at 5 years;
4% at 10 years;
6% at 15 years;
8% at 20 years