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Anacortes Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on November 04, 2019
Anacortes is ranked 10th in the nation of the best places to work as a first responder.
City government is committed to progressive economic development and appreciates your interest. Anacortes is the principal city on Fidalgo Island, the eastern-most island in the San Juan archipelago. Anacortes, an All-American City, is the second largest city in Skagit County and its largest seaport. The City has modern educational facilities, state-of-the-art health care, and abundant business opportunities, all in the natural beauty of an island setting.
Anacortes residents and visitors enjoy 12 ½ miles of saltwater shoreline, a pristine environment, four freshwater lakes, thousands of acres of city-owned forestlands and parks (with more than 50 miles of maintained forest trails), as well as breathtaking water, island and mountain views. The natural abundance, a vibrant community and the convenience of bridges connecting to the mainland make Anacortes a clear choice for those seeking a superior quality of life.
Anacortes is the site for Washington State Ferry terminal operations to both the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island, BC. Approximately one million people travel through the city annually on their way to or from the ferry terminal, which is located four miles from the city center. This traffic creates unique commercial opportunities for local businesses, as residents of the San Juan Islands come to the mainland to shop.
As evidenced by crime statistics, the city is also a very safe place to live. Per an annual survey published by Farmer’s Insurance, Anacortes ranked nation-wide among the top 20 “most secure places to live” (defined as metro areas with fewer than 150,000 residents).
Anacortes is located on the north central coast of Washington State (U.S.), 80 miles north of Seattle, WA and 90 miles south of Vancouver, BC. The City is 16 miles west of the I-5 freeway (exit 230), via Highway 20.
Ensuring Public Safety; Earning Public Trust.
The Core Values that guide the actions of all members of the Anacortes Police Department are:
Service: Being aware of those who need law enforcement assistance and meeting or exceeding their expectations for service.
Excellence: Being clear about and striving to achieve high standards of performance in all aspects of our work.
Integrity: Committing ourselves to elevated standards of trust, responsibility, and discipline while promoting justice in a fair and impartial manner.
Courage: Having the mental and moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.
Professional: Adhering to principles and standards that comprise the best practices of police work.
The Anacortes Police Department is a full service municipal police department. The majority of the department members serve in the uniform patrol division. Officers work 3 rotating shifts and each shift has an assigned Corporal and Sergeant. There are three detective positions that are supervised by the Detective Sergeant. One of the detective positions is assigned to the county wide drug task force.
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The City and Anacortes Police Guild entered into a collective bargaining agreement that is in effect until December 31, 2021.
The 2019 salary range for Anacortes Police Officers is $5,715.02-7,156.03/month. Additional incentives are available based on education and assignment.
Anacortes Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Applicants must have a valid Washington driver license or be able to obtain one at the time of hiring.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|College Requirement||Minimum of an Associate of Arts or University Transfer degree.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
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