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Tumwater Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Tumwater Police Department
    555 Israel Road SW
    Tumwater, Washington 98501
    Phone: 360-754-5855
    Department Website

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

Community Information

The City of Tumwater is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater is just adjacent to our state capital, the city of Olympia, and 60 miles south of Seattle on the I-5 corridor. Tumwater is part of metropolitan Thurston County which has a population of 269,500. Thurston County offers ample opportunities for both rural and urban living. Many employees enjoy living in the rural county area while still keeping their commute short due to the close proximity of the metropolitan tri-city area of Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey. Tumwater traces its roots to the pioneer community known as New Market which began on the banks of the Deschutes River in 1845. This site is regarded as the "end of the Oregon Trail" and the early village was the first permanent, European settlement in Washington. Tumwater is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Department Information

Tumwater Police help maintain a safe community for all residents. Through proactive enforcement of federal, state and local law, the department creates community partnerships and maintains a high standard of conduct for officers and staff. In 2018, the Police Department will have 35 commissioned officers, 2 limited-commissioned officers and 5 non-commissioned administrative staff. The department is comprised of three divisions, Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. Additionally, there is one K-9 team assigned to Patrol, two traffic officers assigned to Patrol, and two detectives assigned as School Resource Officers. The department participates in other regional partnerships for critical incident response, regional investigations, SWAT, and dive/rescue specialty teams.

We hire motivated, professional people with the highest of ethical standards. We strive to provide our staff with exceptional equipment and training. Commissioned staff are assigned take-home vehicles. The patrol division works four 11-hour days followed by four days off (4-on/4-off). Non-patrol staff work five 8-hour shifts or an approved alternative schedule, such as four 10-hour days or a 9/80 schedule.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 23,000
  • County: Thurston

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 None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes   X
Vision Requirements Must pass all medical exam to doctor's satisfaction.   X
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must pass as a condition of employment.    
Other If you were in the Armed Forces, you were discharged under honorable conditions.

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 only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 year(s)
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticNo gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.No other misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.

Current Hiring Status

The City has adopted a continuous recruitment process. Oral boards are conducted on an as needed basis and oral board participants are invited based on their Public Safety Testing score. Rank on the eligibility list is a combination of the written and oral board scores as established by the Tumwater Civil Service Commission. The top seven candidates on the eligibility list can be considered by the Chief.

Current Number of Vacancies: Four 

Salary Information

$5,237 - $7,562 per month (2019)

Benefit Information

The City of Tumwater is a great place to work. We provide a generous benefit package. Police Officer positions are represented by the Tumwater Police Guild. Members receive medical, dental, vision coverage, retirement, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life, and long term disability options. The City provides twelve paid holidays, plus vacation and sick leave.