Law Enforcement Officer Position

Arlington Police Department - Police Officer



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Arlington Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on May 04, 2020

Community Information

Arlington is a growing community that is located approximately 20 miles north of Everett and along the I-5 corridor in North Snohomish County. The City serves a population of over 19,740 and is primarily suburban and rural residential with supporting retail and commercial enterprises. Light industrial and manufacturing business are located in the central portions of the City around the City-owned Arlington Airport. Arlington is home to the popular event the Arlington Fly-In every July as well as having access to the Stillaguamish River, Centennial Trail, and many other parks and outdoor activities.

Department Information

The Arlington Police Department is composed of 30 commissioned officers, 1 reserve officers and 5 civilian employees. The police department protects and serves the public and property within the City limits by maintaining law and order, deterring and preventing crime, and apprehending criminals. The community experiences crimes typically seen in more densely populated cities. Therefore, officers are handling a wide variety of complex calls and investigations that are typical of larger departments. Pay, benefits, equipment, training, and leadership are all excellent. 

GREAT SCHEDULE: The majority of officers are on one of two patrol teams. The patrol teams work a 12-hour schedule that is patterned in such a way that every officer has every other weekend off as a three-day weekend.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENTS: Full-time opportunities for officers may include: Investigations, Airport Resource Officers/Canine Officers, Traffic Enforcement, Drug and Gang Task Force, Violent Offender Taskforce, Region SWAT, Proactive Anti-Crime Team, Community Outreach Team, and School Resource Officer program. 

Optional collateral duties may include Field Training Officer, Rangemaster, EVOC Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Skills Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team, Honor Guard, Explorer Post Advisor, Peer Support Team, and Reserve Officer Advisor. Some collateral duties may be eligible for up to 4% incentive pay.

Area Information

County: Snohomish
Population: 19,740 as of April 2019
# of Staff: 35

Hiring Status

Test results are kept on file and valid until their expiration date. Oral boards are scheduled on a regular basiis.  Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top three candidates scheduled for Chief's interview; background investigation and medical, physical and psychological examinations may be scheduled.

Current number of vacancies: 2. We will be engaging in regularly scheduled oral boards until all vacancies are filled.

Salary Information

As of 01/01/2020 per the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Salary Range: $5,702- $7,180

Step A: $5,702 ($68,424/year)

Step B: $5,971  ($71,652/year)

Step C: $6,253  ($75,036/year)

Step D: $6,549  ($78,588/year)

Step E: $6,856  ($82,272/year)

Step F: $7,180  ($86,160/year)

The above DOES NOT INCLUDE ADDITIONAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION FOR  a college degree, longevity and specialty assignments.  College Degree Incentive is 2% for an Associates, 4% for a Bachelors Degree and 6% for a Masters Degree.  Longevity is 2% for 6 years of Service, 4% for 9 years of Service, 6% for 12 years of Service and 8% for 18 years of Service.  


Benefit Information


Employee: Employees pay 1% of Top Police Officer Pay Range ($71.80 as of January 1, 2020) towards the monthly premium for medical and vision insurance and the City pays the remainder and 100% for dental, employee assistance program, long-term disability, group life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Eligible dependents: Employees pay 1% of Top Police Officer Pay Range ($71.80 as of January 1, 2020) towards the monthly premium for medical and vision insurance and the City pays the remainder and 100% for dental

Employer funds employee HRA account monthly: $166 without dependents; $333 with dependents. 

Enrollment in Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Deferred Compensation


Holiday Pay: 144 hours.

Vacation accrual of 8-16 hours per month (increasing with longevity)

Sick leave accrual of 12 hours per month.

Longevity pay: 2%-8% per month. As mentioned above.

Education incentive pay: 2%-6% per month.

Uniforms and equipment provided by Employer on a Quartermaster System.  Dry cleaning is provided by the city.  However, per the current CBA Detective are given a $1000 uniform allowance per year.

Arlington Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid; Washington State
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II minimum medical and health standards.
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification WCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) must be completed within one year of hire date.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/ Access Scores As they are provided by Public Safety Testing.

Contact Information

Arlington Police Department - Police Officer

110 E Third St.
Arlington, WA 98223 Snohomish County


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