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Steilacoom Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Steilacoom Police Department
    2301 Worthington Street
    Steilacoom, Washington 98388
    Phone: 253-581-1076
    Department Website

Agency Added: 04/06/2003 | Last updated: 02/01/2019

Community Information

Steilacoom became the first incorporated town in Washington Territory in 1854. Located between the city of Tacoma, on the North, and the State Capital in Olympia, approximately twenty miles to the South, the Town stretches 2.1 square miles atop a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympic mountain range. The southern boundary of Steilacoom is Fort Lewis, an active U.S. Army base. The town, with a population of 6,200, is primarily residential development with many attractive homes, beaches and parks. Most residents are employed in the surrounding metropolitan area or by the many government facilities located nearby. Steilacoom is the terminus of the County operated ferry system serving Ketron Island, Anderson Island, and the State operated ferry system serving McNeil Island State Corrections Center. Pierce Transit provides regular bus service.

Department Information

A combined Public Safety Department was created by ordinance in 1987. In prior years, the Department operated as a traditional Police Department. Both full-time and volunteer personnel comprise the Public Safety Department. Full time personnel are cross-trained in police and emergency medical services. The present Department is budgeted for eight (8) commissioned staff, one (1) noncommissioned staff.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 6,200
  • County: Pierce

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Age 20 at Time of Application / 21 with Conditional Offer of Employment.    
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident at time of application.    
High School Grad/ GED High School Diploma / GED at time of application.    
Driver's License Required Washington State Driver’s License.   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Ability to Read/Write the English Language as Required by RCW 41.14.100 at time of application.    
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticWhen the applicant’s driving history is rated as an unacceptable risk by the Town.
Drug Usage
PotentialApplicant has ever made illegal use of a controlled substance (including but not limited to the following substances: marijuana/marijuana derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, opiates, hallucinogenic drugs or substances, steroids, prescription medications and synthetic/designer drugs).
AutomaticApplicant has made illegal use of a controlled substance after submitting an application to any law enforcement agency.
AutomaticApplicant has participated in the illegal manufacture, sale, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any controlled substance, to include marijuana.
AutomaticApplicant has obtained a prescription for a controlled substance under false pretenses.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticApplicant has been convicted of any adult felony.
PotentialApplicant admits an undetected felony.
PotentialApplicant has a criminal proceeding pending or is under investigation for a criminal offense.
AutomaticApplicant has been required to register as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status.
AutomaticApplicant does not meet the requirements set forth in the civil service rules, those listed on the subscription testing website, or in the bulletin announcing the examination.
AutomaticApplicant is physically or mentally unfit to perform the duties of the position sought.
AutomaticApplicant has made a materially false statement or has attempted deception or fraud in connection with this or any other civil service application and/or examination.
AutomaticApplicant has been discharged from the armed forces under less than honorable conditions or as an officer, received a dismissal notice.
AutomaticApplicant has assisted in preparing the examination for which application is sought or has in any other manner secured confidential information concerning the examination which might give an unfair advantage over other individuals taking the examination.
AutomaticApplicant has been dismissed or has resigned in lieu of termination from any public or private position for any cause which would be cause for discharge from service with the Town of Steilacoom (Steilacoom Personnel Regulations 1.26.020/Steilacoom Department of Public Safety Policy Manual 16.1) or has had an unsatisfactory record of employment with the Town or with any other agency or organization. It is the applicant’s responsibility to satisfy eligibility under this rule.
AutomaticApplicant is deemed to be unable to successfully perform the duties of the position sought following review of the totality of the circumstances including but not limited to the needs of the appointing authority and the results of the examination(s), interview(s), and background investigation.
AutomaticWhere the applicant has performed any act, espoused any belief, or been involved in any group which would by its nature create a definable liability for the Town based solely on hiring the individual.
AutomaticApplicant promises to pay money or other valuable thing to anyone for an actual or prospective advantage in the hiring process.
AutomaticAfter an individual is passed over three (3) times.
AutomaticAfter at least three attempts to contact the applicant (mail, phone, e-mail), the applicant fails to respond to information requests, appear for employment interviews, testing, or an appeal hearing within the specified time. It shall be incumbent on all individuals on the list to promptly notify the Secretary/Chief Examiner of any changes in addresses or phone numbers.

Current Hiring Status

Current Openings: 3
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 & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

Salary Range $36.05- $42.20/Hr. (2019 rates)

Benefit Information

Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.