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Yakima Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Yakima Police Department
    200 S. 3rd Street
    Yakima, Washington 98901
    Phone: 509-575-6200
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/10/2005 | Last updated: 01/03/2019

Community Information

Yakima is located in South Central Washington where the Naches and Yakima Rivers join. Yakima leads the way to the Cascade Mountains. It also opens up wonderful opportunities in the fruitful Yakima Valley.

The 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking sights beg those who experience it to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor activities. Included are camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snow boarding and boating to mention a few. For entertainment, Yakima also offers the turn-of-the-century Capitol Theatre, the Yakima Valley Museum, the Visitors and Convention Center, and the Central Washington State Fair.

The Yakima Valley is known for production of forest products, manufacturing aircraft parts and supplies; and machinery used in food product packaging. The main industry is agriculture that flourishes through producing and processing tree fruits, hops, mint, vegetables, livestock, dairy and wine. The extended growing season and rich soil provide the perfect conditions to produce grapes excellent for wine making. The Wine industry in the Yakima Valley has boomed in recent years, with international recognition of Yakima wines and vineyards.

The active participation of Yakima's citizens was recognized in 1994 when Yakima became an "All-America City". Community members and leaders are proud of their achievements and stand firm in the commitment to work together to keep Yakima a beautiful and thriving community.

Department Information

The Yakima Police Department is a full service police agency offering a wide variety of services to the community. The Department operates out of its main downtown station and also out of a sub-station located at the Yakima Airport.

The patrol division has a 10 hour and 40 minute shift plan with four or five days off after five work days. The Department has a number of specialties which an officer may apply to work including: motorcycle traffic enforcement, gang enforcement, school resource, transit, technical traffic investigations, detective, SWAT, and K9.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 92,000
  • County: Yakima

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 20/100 in each eye corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. Normal color vision required. X  
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must satisfactorily complete within 15 months after hire.    
Body Decorations Tattoos & body art must be covered by standard uniform, tattoos & body art that cannot be covered is prohibited.    
Other Applicants may be required to re-take the physical ability test during the background process.

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 Once an applicant’s score is received from PST it will be placed on an eligibility list and it is valid for 1 year. Yakima PD will not consider any other score until that 1 year has passed and the score expires. At that time Yakima PD will consider the next available score from the applicant.    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticAny use by injection of amphetamines/methamphetamines.
AutomaticUse of cocaine over five times regardless of time frame.
AutomaticUse of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids over five sequences/cycles within the last 2 years.
AutomaticUse of marijuana or hashish over 15 times.
AutomaticUse of amphetamines/methamphetamines over five times.
AutomaticAny use of crack cocaine.
AutomaticAny use of free-based cocaine/paste.
AutomaticAny use of marijuana within the last year
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.
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.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST.  Follow up applications, and testing including oral board interviews are conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled through a Civil Service process with the top three candidates forwarded for thorough background investigations, physical, psychological and polygraph examinations & final selection as vacancies occur.  Timeline from PST to final exam is approximately 3 months.

Number of current openings: 10

Salary Information

Starting at $30.56 - $41.42 Hourly

$5,296.96 - $7,179.32 Monthly

Bilingual Pay: 3% of base pay/month

Deferred Compensation: 5.5%

Benefit Information

The City of Yakima offers excellent benefit packages reflecting our commitment to attract and retain the highest quality employees. Our comprehensive and competitive benefit packages include medical/dental/life insurance; vision coverage; vacation/sick/bereavement/holiday pay; pension & deferred compensation; as well as supplemental benefit options. 12 holidays per year, vacation and sick time based on years of service. The Department offers take home vehicles, educational incentive pay, shift differential pay, bilingual pay, motorcycle duty pay and investigative assignment pay.