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Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer
Last updated on September 26, 2022
PST Partner Agency since February 14, 2022
Lateral Police Officer candidates are not required to test through Public Safety Testing (PST). Lateral candidates meeting the qualifications listed below must complete the Personal History Statement (PHS) on the PST website. In addition to the PHS, applicants need to complete an online City of Battle Ground employment application at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofbg.
Qualified lateral candidates are eligible for a $30,000 hiring bonus as outlined below:
- $8,000 - first paycheck after hire
- $3,500 - first paycheck following successful completion of probation period
- $3,500 - first paycheck following successful completion of two-year anniversary
- $3,500 - first paycheck following successful completion of three-year anniversary
- $3,500 - first paycheck following successful completion of four-year anniversary
- $8,000 - first paycheck upon successful completion of five-year anniversary
To be considered as a lateral police officer with the City of Battle Ground you must:
- Have successfully completed the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or out of state lateral applicants must meet requirements and qualifications set by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy;
- Have 24 months or more of active law enforcement experience, and
- Not have been separated from law enforcement for more than 24 months.
The City of Battle Ground is home to a current population of 22,180 and numerous businesses and service organizations who work together to preserve a strong sense of community.
With the number and variety of shops, services, and dining opportunities in the City, Battle Ground serves as the commercial and social hub for the larger north Clark County area with a population of over 80,000.
Located in the heart of Clark County, Washington, we are just 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon and the Portland International Airport. Battle Ground benefits from pristine surroundings while enjoying close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
Our community enjoys and thrives on the abundance of natural surroundings and recreational activities. Located between the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains, Battle Ground offers many parks, lakes, streams, and forested areas that provide a multitude of recreation activities.
The Battle Ground Police Department is a full-service, community-based law enforcement agency that consists of 28 sworn and professional staff members who are committed to providing the highest possible level of service to our community. Sworn positions include Uniform Patrol, the Detective Division, the Traffic Unit, a School Resource Officer, a K-9 Officer, and assignments to the Southwest WA Regional SWAT Team. The department’s professional staff includes an Administrative Team. The department’s professional and non-commissioned staff includes an Administrative Assistant and a Police Support Unit (records, property/evidence).
To work in partnership with the community to provide the highest level of service while protecting the peace, and upholding the law with fairness.
Integrity: The integrity of the individual member and of the department must always be above reproach. Citizens of our community must always trust their Police Department and every member of our department has an obligation to uphold that trust.
Quality Service: Our responsibility is to provide quality service to all persons, in a professional and efficient manner, and without bias.
Respect: We value human life, and have considerate and courteous regard for all persons. We follow, honor, and defend the constitution of this country.
Accountability: We accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.
# of Staff: 28
Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 1 vacancy.
The City of Battle Ground is offering a $30,000 lateral hiring bonus for eligible candidates!!
Lateral Police Officer salary range: Step 2 $6,680.22 - Step 5 at $7,628.16
The City of Battle Ground offers a generous benefit package that includes:
**A $30,000 lateral hiring bonus for eligible candidates**
Ninety-six (96) hours of annual leave to start, prior years of commissioned law enforcement experience may be considered for a higher accrual rate.
On-duty wellness time for Officers.
Twelve (12) paid holidays (computed at time and a half and paid out annually in November).
Membership in the LEOFF 2 retirement plan.
Medical (PPO & HMO options), dental, vision and employee assistance program for employees and their family members.
$10,000 basic term life insurance policy and a double indemnity for accidental death.
A long-term disability policy.
A wellness hour during each on-duty shift.
The following incentives are also offered:
Educational incentive pay: Associates Degree (2%) and Bachelors Degree (4%).
Specialty pay of 3% for the following assignments: K-9, Detective, School Resource Officer, Traffic and SWAT.
Longevity pay after 7 years of service in the department.
All required uniforms and equipment are provided.
Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
No, not required
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
No, not required (may be required later)
|Minimum Age||Must turn 21 years of age within six months of applying/testing.|
|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||No adult felony convictions at any time.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Not normally, but can be reviewed depending on circumstance.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must meet LEOFF 2 Medical Requirements (WAC 415-104-595).|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||
Must have successfully completed a basic law enforcement academy in compliance with requirements and qualifications set by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.
|Prior Experience Requirement||
Candidates are required to have been employed as a state-commissioned law enforcement officer on a full-time basis for a period of at least 24 months at time of application for employment with the City of Battle Ground.
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Other||Each applicant will be subject to a thorough background process. The process includes: background investigation, reference checks, fingerprinting, a complete criminal records check, a polygraph examination as well as a psychological evaluation and a medical exam, including drug screening.|
Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral 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.
Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer
Battle Ground, WA 98604 Clark County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)
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