Law Enforcement Officer Position

Auburn Police Department - Police Officer



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Auburn Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on November 23, 2022
PST Partner Agency since February 20, 2014

Vacancies: 12

Community Information

The City of Auburn was incorporated in 1891 and has grown into a diverse community including citizens living in both King County and Pierce County. In addition, parts of the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation are also within the boundaries of the City of Auburn. With a population of approximately 87,000 people covering almost 30 square miles, the City of Auburn is the 14th largest city in the state of Washington. The City of Auburn is home to residential, commercial and warehousing areas.

Department Information

Join the Auburn Police Department where you can make a difference in the community you serve, that’s small enough where you can be a part of cases from start to finish, and busy enough to challenge you, keep you constantly learning, and provide professional fulfillment!

Being a part of the Auburn Police Department isn’t just another job - it’s an opportunity to start and build your career in policing and public safety. Earn a spot on (and get pay incentives for): Civil Disturbance Unit, Crime Scene Team (incentive Pay of double time when called), Community Response Team (2%), TAC Officer (2%), Motorcycle Patrol (3%), Collision Investigator (3%), K-9 Officer (3%), Bicycle Patrol (3%), Hostage Negotiator (3%), Valley SWAT (3%), Certified Bi-lingual (3%), Detective (4%), Field Training Officer (5%), and Defensive Tactics Instructor (6%).

Initial assignment will be to the Patrol division where patrol officers work a 10 hour shift; 4 days on, 3 days off, with days off rotating every four months. The days off rotate in a way that allows you to have a portion of the year with weekends off, or having holidays off with family. Officers bid for shifts on an annual basis.

We are committed to helping our Officers grow through continuous training opportunities, including at our outdoor firearms range, a mentoring program, shadowing Detectives or other specialties, and promotional track. A new Officer’s base salary starts at $87,530 per year, and will increase to $106,415 after five years (with longevity). We also offer pay incentives if you have an Associates Degree (4%), Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (6%) or if you want to continue your education while on the force we offer tuition reimbursement.

The Auburn Police Department is state accredited with WASPC, and has 139 employees.

Area Information

County: King & Pierce
Population: 88,000
# of Staff: 139

Hiring Status

Auburn Police Department - Police Officer has 12 vacancies.

Number of Current Vacancies: 12

Candidates who pass the written test with Public Safety Testing (PST) with a score of 70% or higher, will be invited to interview.

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Applicants who can furnish evidence of having been awarded a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice (Law and Justice, Society and Justice), Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Business, Political Science, Public Administration or other police related degrees as reasonably determined by the Chief Examiner from an accredited four-year college will receive 5% credit to their final examination score, provided the applicant has received a minimum passing grade in such examination

Salary Information

$87,530 - $104,328 annually

Benefit Information


  • Competitive salary with scheduled step increases on an annual basis
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision plans with employee premiums paid by the City
  • Employer contributions to the State Retirement System pension plans
  • Officers receive 13 Paid holidays per year as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • VEBA (tax-free health savings account)
  • Optional Flexible Spending benefit plan
  • Deferred Compensation plan options; both pre-tax and Roth (post-tax) plan options; includes up to a 2% city match on pre-tax plans
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • $5,000 HIRING BONUS!
  • Officers have opportunities to receive the following additional compensation and pay incentives:
    • Education (4% police-related Associate's degree; 6% Bachelor's or higher degree)
    • Longevity Pay
    • Overtime opportunities
    • Specialty Assignment pay ranging from 2% to 6%
  • And more!

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Auburn Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 20 1/2 years old.
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Disqualifier
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Auburn Police Department - Police 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic Three or more traffic crime convictions in last 10 years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
Potential Pattern of speeding tickets or other driving infractions
Drug Usage
Automatic Marijuana: excessive use within the last 12 months
Automatic Ecstasy (or Molly): within the past three (3) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
Automatic Cocaine: within the past three (3) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
Automatic Club Drugs: use of ANY club drugs, such as Ketamine, GHB, or Rohypnol, within the past three (3) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
Automatic Hallucinogens: use of ANY hallucinogens, such as LSD, Mushrooms, or Psilocybin, within the past three (3) years (and no more than two occasions total).
Automatic Stimulants: use of ANY stimulants, such as methamphetamines, crank, crystal, ice, speed, or glass, within the past three (3) years (and taken in an experimental capacity only).
Automatic ANY use of Morphine, Heroin, Angel Dust/PCP, or Crack within a lifetime.
Potential Illegal use of inhaled aerosols (sometimes referred to gas huffing, or nitrous) will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
Potential Illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana, will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.
Potential Illegal steroids use within the past three (3) years will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication or obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
Potential Any other history or pattern of drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction, while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
Automatic Any conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Any single theft of property or money in excess of $100 value within the past five (5) years.
Automatic Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lying or omitting information during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history packet, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Pattern of bankruptcy, repossessions, late payments, and/or bills in collections or excessive debt.
Automatic Anger Issues: pattern of fighting (in workplace, socially, or at home); pattern of insubordination
Automatic Criminal Association: maintaining friendships or living with persons engaged in criminal activity
Automatic Deception: 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.
Automatic 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 in the ears, dental ornamentation, and visible piercings, other than those in the ear(s), that do not present a professional image.

Contact Information

Auburn Police Department - Police Officer

340 East Main Street
Suite 201
Auburn, WA 98002 King & Pierce County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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