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Sumner Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Sumner Police Department
    1104 Maple Street
    Suite 140
    Sumner, Washington 98390
    Phone: 253-863-6384
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 02/05/2019

Community Information

The City of Sumner's vision is to set the standard of excellence for a progressive small city. Sumner remains a traditional city of 9,400 residents with agricultural roots, known for decades as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World. At the same time, its compact, walkable layout aligns perfectly with progressive planning trends, as its classic Main Street becomes repurposed for boutiques, independent restaurants and daily services such as legal offices, financial advisors and doctors. While Sumner retains historic neighborhoods of Craftsman houses and an active high school right on Main Street, it also offers over 10,000 manufacturing and distribution jobs for companies such as REI, Keurig Green Mountain, Amazon.com, and Dillanos Coffee Roasters. With a downtown Sound Transit station with buses and trains, it is well connected to the Puget Sound region while striving to be a full service city with the largest YMCA facility in the state of Washington as well as a link trail system that will connect the Foothills and Interurban trails. Like the community, the city government is large enough to be professional but small enough to be creative. The City has won a variety of awards from the Governor's Smart Planning Award to recognition at the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its groundbreaking police work on victims' assistance. With a strong mayor format, the City has just over 100 employees who operate a cemetery, wastewater treatment facility, accredited police department, parks, full service public works and administration.

Department Information

The Sumner Police Department has 19 commissioned officers which include: Police Chief, Deputy Chief, two Sergeants, two Detectives, one School Resource Officer, and the remaining Patrol Officers.  Additional staff include four administrative support staff, one Evidence Custodian, and one Parking Enforcement Officer.


The City contracts jail services with neighboring agencies and dispatch service is provided by South Sound 911.  The City also provides contracted animal control services to six other cities and maintains a shelter in the city of Puyallup.  The department participates in multi-agency teams for SWAT, Major Crimes, Civil Disturbance, Collision Investigations, and numerous traffic emphasis.


We are guided by our principles of professionalism, integrity, teamwork, and commitment.  The department has been state accredited since 2005.  Our vision is to set the standard of excellence for a progressive small city police department.


Area Information

  • Population Size: 9,521
  • County: Pierce

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    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Requirements can be obtained from agency on request.   X
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must complete within one year of hire date.    
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
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.

Current Hiring Status

The City of Sumner currently has 1 opening effective 2019 for a Police Officer.

Salary: $5,853-$7,488 per month

How to apply:

Interested candidates must select the City of Sumner with Public Safety testing AND apply directly with the City through the link below. Make sure to review the entry level officer job description for the minimum qualifications and links to required documents that must be notarized and submitted with your application. Applicants who fail to submit a complete application which includes the required waivers and attachments will not be considered. 

Visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sumnerwa/jobs/1238345/entry-level-police-officer?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs to view the full job description and to submit a job application with the City of Sumner. 

Salary Information

Excellent salary, including education incentive of 2.5% for AA or two years of college; or 5% for BA or four years of college, longevity and other premium pays. Go to the City of Sumner website to review the Police Guild CBA for more information. 

Benefit Information

The City of Sumner provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the LEOFF retirement plan; advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: The City provides AWC Medical coverage with no employee cost share and net 0 deductible (HRA/HSA Component) for eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger. 

Police Guild employees have a 5% cost share under the current bargaining agreement.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger at no cost to the employee.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents at no cost to the employee.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to receive paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal holidays, depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. 

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police are included in the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Police Officers are included in LEOFF.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a semi-monthly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Some job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.