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Bellevue Police Department - Police Support Officer
Last updated on September 13, 2023
PST Partner Agency since April 14, 2023
The Bellevue Police Department is continuously accepting scores from PST. The Department invites candidates that pass the PST test to in person and virtual interviews on a monthly basis.
Candidates wishing to claim veterans' preference must upload a copy of their DD-214 or other official military separation documentation that CLEARLY indicates an honorable discharge from military service.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Bellevue Police Department Office hiring unit at 425.452.4273.
One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Washington, Bellevue is one of the best places to work as a police officer. The department has a tradition of success, as Bellevue enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate and is one of the safest cities in the Northwest. The Bellevue Police Department serves a population of approximately 150,000 in a roughly 33-square mile area. The city is bordered by Kirkland and Redmond to the north, Renton and Newcastle to the south, Issaquah to the east, and Clyde Hill, Medina and Mercer Island to the west. Bellevue is budgeted for approximately 199 police officers and 50 civilian staff. Bellevue is minutes away from the headquarters of Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Bellevue has excellent schools, with three of the 4 high schools consistently in the top 100 schools in the nation according to US News and World report. Bellevue is surrounded by mountains, lakes and easy access to the outdoors, and enjoys a mild climate year round.
For a department its size, Bellevue's force offers the opportunity to serve in many specialized positions.
There are 199 fully commissioned officers and 50 non-commissioned personnel.
The department has eight limited-commission police support officers. These officers are in uniform and unarmed. They are commissioned to exercise physical restraint, assist with warrant service, transport prisoners and issue parking citations.
For information about the open professional and limited commission positions please go to https://bellevuewa.gov/city-
Police Support Officer provides support to the Police Department in the areas of prisoner transport, taking crime reports, calls for assistance of a non-criminal nature, and other activities which do not require a fully commissioned officer. Police Support Officers are uniformed, unarmed and partially commissioned to exercise physical restraint, assist with warrant service, and issue parking citations. They also drive non-emergency department vehicles. This position is shift work requiring availability for all shifts.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a physical agility test. They will receive additional initial training according to Police Department policy and continuing education throughout their careers.
All applications and testing will be conducted by the Bellevue Police Department. Applications must be submitted electronically Applications will be reviewed continuously while the posting is open.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Receive into custody persons arrested by officers, complete arrest records, fingerprint the subject and transport to jail or maintain custody in a holding cell.
- Transport arrested subjects to and from court for trial or arraignment.
- Serve warrants to individuals already arrested and jailed by other jurisdictions.
- Keep booking room clean and adequately supplied with necessary forms and fingerprinting materials.
- Keeps holding cell clean and in good repair and ensure bedding is clean.
- Contact individuals in person, or by phone, at place of residence, or business and takes information regarding complaints or write appropriate incident or follow-up reports.
- Investigates non-injury private property accidents, writes appropriate reports and provides assistance to those involved; investigates and reports on parking complaints; provides traffic direction at accident scenes, community events, and broken traffic signals as needed.
- Insures that department vehicles receive regular maintenance by coordinating with city repair shops, including obtaining bids for service, transporting and retrieving vehicles. Ensure new vehicles are licensed, inventoried, and equipped for service. Keeps patrol vehicles adequately supplied and conducts periodic patrol vehicle inspections as determined by department policy or a supervisor.
- Reports to calls for assistance of a non-criminal nature (e.g., stalled vehicles, persons locked out of car or home, lost children or elderly persons).
- Receives property as evidence. Processes, packages, and books evidence into the property room.
- Assists with administrative duties related to vehicle impounds and vehicle transports.
- Processes crime scenes at request of sworn staff.
- Assists officers with gathering case follow-up information including, but not limited to, retrieval of evidence, security video recordings, and victim or witness written statements.
- Provide administrative support at crime scenes and other critical incident scenes including serving as an errand runner to gather food or other supplies.
- Conduct routine inspections of gas masks and other department equipment per department policy or at the direction of the Chief or his/her designee.
- Assists with the disposal of biohazard materials as determined by the Chief or his/her designee.
- Assist officers with administrative duties related to the execution of vehicle search warrants (i.e. acting as a scribe, packaging evidence).
- The department mission and roles of officers and support personnel.
- The criminal justice system and associated terminology.
- Departmental policies and procedures and relevant laws.
- The limits of own authority.
- Stay calm and objective during emergency circumstances.
- Apply physical restraint techniques on persons in custody.
- Obtain cooperation from others.
- Relate to citizens’ needs in a positive, professional manner.
- Investigate and evaluate situations; skill in noticing important details.
- Drive safely.
- Oral communication with others in clear, understandable terms.
- Listening and eliciting complete information from others quickly.
- Writing concise, accurate, and complete reports.
- Handling hostile or aggressive persons.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- High school diploma or equivalent plus good work record.
- Related criminal justice experience is preferred.
- Valid Washington State vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment.
- The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms.
- Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to recognize colors, and the ability to adjust focus.
- A physical agility test is required.
Honesty / Integrity Honesty and Integrity are essential traits for a successful career in Law Enforcement. Any false statements, lack of candor, cheating, or failure to fully divulge requested information may result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process.
PART 1 - Minimum Requirements
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident with the ability to read and write the English language.
- Obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to being hired.
- Successfully pass a background investigation that includes a complete criminal records check, a polygraph examination, and a psychological examination.
- Satisfactorily complete a medical examination per the Public Safety Civil Service Commission standards.
- Provide proof of high school diploma or a GED certificate.
Vision Requirement Applicant must have normal color vision.Applicant must have vision correctable to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. Applicants wearing eyeglasses or hard contacts must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Applicants wearing soft contacts must be able to:
- Provide verifiable documentation that soft contacts have been worn regularly for at least one (1) year prior to application
- Meets minimum vision acuity standards with soft contact lenses, and
- There are no indications of corneal damage, or conditions of the eye which might require discontinuation of soft contact use
Body Decoration Visible body decorations such as: tattoos, brands, body art, or intentional
mutilation shall be covered while on duty. Wedding band tattoos on the left ring finger are permitted. The following body decorations are prohibited: Split or forked tongues; foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern; enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears; dental ornamentation; and visible piercings other than those in the ear(s) that present a professional image.
PART 2 – Automatic Disqualifiers
Drug Use The use of illegal drugs referred to in this acknowledgement means the use of drugs which are unlawful under the provisions of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act in this state or its equivalent in any other jurisdiction. (Misuse of Prescription drugs will be reviewed on a case by case basis.) Simple possession of most of the following substances will be considered on a case by case basis and may be grounds for disqualification. Note that anyuse or abuse of drugs may be grounds for disqualification or contribute to rejection during the background investigation; these are merely the automatic disqualifiers. Please call the Personnel Services Unit before applying if you are unsure if the standard applies to you.The City of Bellevue is a Drug Free Workplace.
The following drug involvement will be disqualifying:
- Any use of heroin,
- Any possession or use of GHB or any other "date rape" drug, including giving it to others,
- Any use of any illegal drug within three years of application* (Excludes marijuana which is addressed below),
- Misuse of Prescription drugs will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Any use of illegal drugs or marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency (including military police agencies),
- Any participation in, or allowing of, the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, cultivation, warehousing, distribution, holding or transporting for another, transporting for sale, or financing of any illegal drugs/narcotics within five years of application*, including extraction and concentration of THC oils from marijuana for the production of "honey", "wax", "dabs" or any other THC concentrate,
- Any distribution of illegal drugs or illegal distribution of marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency (including military police agencies)
- Any prescription forgery, prosecuted, undetected or otherwise, within five years of application*
Criminal Violations - The following will be disqualifying:
- Any adult felony conviction.
- Any juvenile felony conviction within the past five years.
- Commission of any crime of violence, including domestic violence.
- Commission of any sexual offense within the past five years.
- Any conviction of a felony crime at any time while employed in any capacity with a Law Enforcement Agency (including volunteer, intern, and reserve positions).
- Any single theft of property or money in excess of $100 value within the past five years.
Traffic Record- Traffic violations that will be disqualifying include:
- Any criminal traffic conviction within the past 5 years. Violation examples include: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or Hit & Run Driving.
- Suspension or revocation of your driver's license (for any traffic violations) within one (1) year of the date of employment application.
Financial Record Any willful failure to pay income tax or court ordered child support is
Military Experience Must have an honorable discharge from the military.
PART 3 – Potential Disqualifiers
Criminal Relationships Applicant maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who have
been convicted of felony crimes and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current felonious activity.
Criminal Violations An 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.
Potential Disqualifiers include:
- Commission of a felony crime (non-conviction)
- Applicant has criminal proceedings pending or is under investigation for a crime.
- Applicant has been involved in significant misdemeanor activity.
- Applicant's history shows a pattern of thefts.
- poor decision making.
Employment Record An applicant's employment history, including a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
Financial Record An applicant's financial history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
# of Staff: 227
Bellevue Police Department - Police Support Officer has 2 vacancies.
The City of Bellevue Police Department hires approximately 2 Police Support Officers each year, however, these numbers fluctuate regularly based on the personnel needs of the department.
2023 Step Rates
$5,057.10 - $6,435.75 Monthly
$60,685.20- $77,229 Annually
The City of Bellevue offers employees a comprehensive benefits package providing choice, flexibility, and value!
Please Note: Seasonal, part-time, and variable employees are not eligible for the below benefits except for mandatory participation in the retirement plan assigned to the position, which will be the Municipal Employees Benefit Trust (MEBT 2) retirement plan or the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement plan and any other benefits as required by law.
The following summary applies to fully benefited positions:
Employees are offered a choice of medical coverage through the City's self-insured Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan or Kaiser Permanente (HMO).
Employees are offered a choice of two dental carriers with plans that offer regular checkups, x-rays, fillings, and crowns. Orthodontia is available through one of the carriers.
Employees are offered a choice of vision coverage through an annual exam-only plan or a buy-up plan which includes an annual eye exam and hardware coverage.
Retirement Plans- Employees are offered three retirement plans:
- Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS): Mandatory participation (PERS, LEOFF or PSERS), depending upon eligibility.
- City of Bellevue Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust (MEBT): Optional participation in this 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match contributions that vest on a 3-year schedule.
- Deferred Compensation Program (457 DCP): Optional participation in the supplemental Deferred Compensation Program also administered by DRS that allows tax-deferred savings into a variety of investments options.
Other benefits include:
More detailed information about our employee benefits is available at https://c2mb.ajg.com/cityofbellevue
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
- Life/Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Long Term Disability (LTD)
- Survivor Income
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- 10 observed holidays per year plus 2 additional personal holidays, vacation (standard accrual of 12 days a year), and sick leave (accumulated at the rate of one day per month)
- An ORCA Card bus pass
- On-site fitness center, and self service food/coffee options
- Career development and training programs
- Tuition Reimbursement Program
- Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
Paydays- The City of Bellevue pays employees on the 8th and the 23rd of each month (24 pay periods per year).
Please note that the City does not participate in the Social Security Administration (SSA) program, and employees do not earn social security credits. The mandatory DRS retirement pension plan provides the required social security replacement plan. Any social security benefits earned at other places of employment may be reduced because they are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision or the Government Pension Offset.
NOTE: This is a brief summary of the benefit programs for the City's non-represented employees. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. Benefits for employees represented by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) may have different benefits. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a CBA, the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
Bellevue Police Department - Police Support Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|Minimum Age||21 years of age|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Valid Washington State Driver's License|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||None.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
Bellevue Police Department - Police Support Officer Disqualifiers
The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.
Bellevue Police Department - Police Support Officer
Bellevue, WA 98004 King County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required
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