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Richland Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Richland Police Department
    871 George Washington Way
    Richland, Washington 99352
    Phone: 509-942-7360
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 08/03/2018

Community Information

Richland is located in sunny eastern Washington at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers. The community offers an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and top-ranked city services that contributes to the high quality of life that its residents treasure. Skiers and hikers don't have to go far to pursue their favorite sports. The Blue Mountains and the Cascade Range are short drives away and offer spectacular venues. Richland is ideally suited to boating and water skiing. Strong breezes have added to the popularity of sail boarding, wind surfing and conventional sailing. The City receives wide recognition for the beauty of its integrated parks, rivershore, commerce centers and living spaces. Richland is a full service, class I municipality serving a resident population of more than 45,070. Originally incorporated as a small farming community, Richland now focuses on energy research, environmental remediation, and technology. With a significant concentration of scientists, engineers, technicians and researchers, Richland's population has relatively high income and education levels. Benton County ranks third in the state in median family income. Additionally, several thousand additional Tri-Citians work in Richland every day. The municipal government employs nearly 500 people to deliver $135 million in annual services. Like its neighboring cities, Richland delivers a variety of public safety, street maintenance, basic utility, and recreational services. The City is also an electric distribution utility, operates its own public library and administers a regional emergency management and 911-dispatch center.

Department Information

The Richland Police Services Department is a community oriented law enforcement agency that maintains a close working relationship with the citizens of the community. The Department consists of 64 commissioned officers and 17 non-commissioned professional staff. The Department structure includes two Divisions, each commanded by a Captain. The Field Operations Division consists of four patrol squads, School Resource Officers (SRO), Traffic Safety Unit (TSU), Patrol Investigators and Economics Crime Officer. The patrol officers work a 12-hour shift schedule. The Support Operations Division includes the Detective Section, Street Crimes Unit (SCU), Training, Professional Standards, Crime Analysis, Community Services, Code Enforcement, Evidence and Records sections.  The department also serves the region with a Bomb Squad, participates in the regional SWAT team, regional Drug Task Force and Violent Gang Task Force. The department commands and supervises the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (SER ICAC) task force. 

Area Information

  • Population Size:45070

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Twenty-one (21) years of age at time of application. X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED High school diploma or equivalent. X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State driver’s license upon hire date.   X
College Requirement Desirable but not required: Two years college (60 Semester credit hours or 90 Quarter credit hours). X  
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Obtain a Basic Law Enforcement School Certificate issued by the State of Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission (Out of state candidates, who have previously certified in another state, must pass the CJTC equivalency examination) within six (6) months of hire date.   X
Prior Experience Requirement Those applicants with two (2) years or more experience as a full-time Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer are encouraged to contact the City of Richland directly.    
Other • Completion of initial written and physical agility exams as outlined by the City of Richland’s protocols (currently Public Safety Testing).

• Satisfactorily complete field training provided the Richland Police Department, in which methods, procedures and techniques of law enforcement work are presented by field training officers, before completion of probationary period.

The Personal History Statement (PHS) must be completed within 7 days of your test.

Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.

Current Hiring Status

The City of Richland maintains an ongoing and merging certification list for Police Officer.  Candidates MUST have already successfully completed PST's written exam and a Physical Agility Test at the time the City pulls candidate scores (typically twice a year - spring/fall). 

Notification will be sent to the list of candidates pulled from PST to complete and/or update their Personal History Statement (PHS) and to apply online (specific job #) through the City's website.  Only those invited by e-mail will be eligible to participate in the City's application screening process (includes online City application, current resume and PHS). 

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure their PHS and online City application is complete. Incomplete PHS and City applications will be disqualified.

Candidates are encouraged to create their applicant profile and application template by clicking on the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/Applications/Index/richlandwa and submitting a Job Interest Card by selecting ‘Law Enforcement and Public Safety’. Once the City posts the job, candidates will then be sent an automatic reply that the position has been posted.

Salary Information

Please visit the City's website at www.ci.richland.wa.us to review the current Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement for salary information.

Benefit Information

Please visit the City's website at www.ci.richland.wa.us to review the current Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement for benefit information.