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Tukwila Police Department

  • The deadline to complete your PST written and physical ability test for Tukwila Police is by March 31, 2019. They will no longer accept scores after this deadline.

  • Contact Information

    Tukwila Police Department
    6200 Southcenter Blvd.
    Tukwila, Washington 98188
    Phone: 206-431-2187
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 03/07/2019

Community Information

Tukwila is a small city in terms of square miles (approx. 9.65) and residential population (20,000), but is much larger in every other respect. Located just south of Seattle and minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, Tukwila is home to one of the nation's largest retail complexes. We have a thriving business community that includes 3,000 retail, office, distribution, and heavy and light manufacturing businesses. Our daytime population approaches 140,000, except during the holiday shopping season, when that figure increases significantly.

Tukwila is centrally located for outstanding recreational opportunities. A short drive north leads to world-class major league sports facilities. Traveling east or west leads to water, mountains, and unlimited recreational activities during all four seasons. Tukwila is an ideal place to live, work, and shop.

Department Information

Following the department vision of "A world-class police department delivering professional law enforcement service," the Tukwila Police Department is accredited and fully committed to community policing in our urban/suburban environment. We responded to just over 31,000 calls for service in 2016. Our Officers are assigned to Uniformed Patrol, Traffic Enforcement (motorcycles), Community Police Teams (bicycles), Major Crimes Investigation (detectives), Anti-Crime Team (narcotic/vice enforcement), K-9, School Resource Officer, Crime Prevention, and Training. Additionally our Officers serve as members of Valley SWAT, Valley Crisis Communication Team, Valley Civil Disturbance Unit, and instruct D.A.R.E. in our elementary schools.

Chief's Message : The men and women of the Tukwila Police Department are committed to providing professional law enforcement services and promoting a safe and secure city. We have the pleasure of serving one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation. We also have the opportunity of serving a resident population of about 20,000 and thriving business communities that swell our daytime population to 140,000.

My philosophy has two parts: to complete our law enforcement mission, and to maintain a healthy and capable police force. The department's mission is to prevent crime and disorder. This mission is completed through a variety of efforts that include a professional presence in the community, general and proactive enforcement of laws, quality criminal investigations, public safety education, crime prevention initiatives, accurate records management, and effective community partnerships and problem solving. The second tenet of my philosophy is to maintain a healthy and capable police force. I am committed to the well-being of our people, because the department will reach its greatest successes with a healthy team.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 20,000 residents, with a daytime pop. of approx. 140,000 people
  • County: King

Agency Requirements:

  • Important Information

    The deadline to complete your PST written and physical ability test for Tukwila Police is by March 31, 2019. They will no longer accept scores after this deadline.

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 Valid Washington State Driver's License   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 Ability to read, write and speak fluent English is required.
Ability to read, write and speak other languages is considered to be an asset.
Vision Requirements 20/100 in each eye without correction, and corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. X  
College Requirement No. College is not required but is considered to be an asset.    
Body Decorations All applicants are expected to maintain a professional appearance at all times. The Tukwila Police Department has the sole discretion in determining what is considered professional, as it relates to the position the applicant is applying for. Any and all tattoos, branding, voluntary disfigurement, or scarification shall be carefully reviewed by the Department on a case-by-case basis.    
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 only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticAny criminal traffic conviction within the past 5 years. Violation examples include, but are not limited to: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or Hit and Run Driving.
AutomaticSuspension or revocation of your driver’s license (for any traffic violations) within 5 years of the date of employment application.
AutomaticAny more than two criminal convictions for traffic related offenses.
Drug Usage
AutomaticAs an adult, convicted of any felony drug crime.
AutomaticHave used marijuana or mushrooms within the last 3 years.
AutomaticUsed hallucinogens (includes GHB and ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last 10 years.
AutomaticUsage of any other illegal drug, including steroids and prescription abuse, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
AutomaticHave illegally used 4 or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last 10 years.
AutomaticHave at any time manufactured or cultivated illegal drugs (including marijuana) for the purpose of sale or distribution.
AutomaticHave used any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticHave ever obtained a prescription under false pretenses.
AutomaticHave ever illegally injected amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium.
AutomaticHave ever illegally used a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement Agency (including marijuana).
AutomaticHave ever sold or distributed illegal drugs, including marijuana.
AutomaticAny more than two drug convictions for any of the narcotics listed above.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction on current criminal record at time of application.
AutomaticAny juvenile felony conviction within the past five years.
AutomaticConviction of any crime of violence, including domestic violence.
AutomaticCommission of any sexual offense within the past ten years.
AutomaticAny conviction of a felony crime at any time while employed in any capacity with a Law Enforcement Agency (including volunteer, intern, Explorer and reserve positions).
AutomaticAny theft of property or money within the past five years.
AutomaticAny conviction for a sex related crime.
AutomaticEver having to register as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status.
AutomaticAny conviction for solicitation of prostitution.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor convictions for crimes not specifically stated above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
PotentialAny applicant who maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who are criminals and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current criminal activity.
PotentialAn applicant’s criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, “Alford” pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
PotentialCommission of any crime (non-conviction).
AutomaticAny willful failure to pay income tax or court ordered child support is disqualifying.
AutomaticA credit check will be conducted regarding your financial history.
AutomaticMilitary Record: Must have been discharged from the Military under honorable conditions. Any discharge other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing, maintained as scores are received from PST, with oral board interviews for top scoring candidates conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "Rule of Three" with the top three candidates interviewed by the Chief of Police for selection and background investigation as vacancies occur.

The City continues to receive test scores. 

Number of Current Vacancies: As of 12/28/18:  Establishing Eligibility As Vacancy Occurs 

Salary Information

$6,081 per month for entry-level Police Officer. There are additional pay incentives for specialty assignments.

Benefit Information

Employees are offered a competitive and comprehensive benefits package which includes:
* Medical,Dental and Vision Coverage.
* Life & Disability Insurance.
* LEOFF Retirement System.
* Paid Holiday, Medical Leave and Vacation.
* Master Police Officer Incentive Plan.
* Deferred Compensation Plans.
* Department Provided Uniforms and Equipment.
* Flexible Spending Account - Section 125 Plan.

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