Law Enforcement Officer Position

Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on June 05, 2024
PST Partner Agency since February 14, 2022

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

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

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.

Community Information

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.

Department Information

The Battle Ground Police Department is a full-service, community-based law enforcement agency that consists of a total 29 department 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 unit and assignments to the Southwest WA Regional SWAT Team. The department’s administration command staff include the Chief of Police and Two Police Lieutenant's. The department is also supported by the positions of Administrative Assistant to the Chief, and a Police Support Services Unit.

Our Mission

To work in partnership with the community to provide the highest level of service while protecting the peace, and upholding the law with fairness.

Our Values

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.

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 22180
# of Staff: 28

Hiring Status

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!!  

Salary Information

Lateral Police Officer salary range: Step 2 $7,014.23 - Step 5 at $8,009.56 per month

Benefit Information

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...
    Test Hire
Written Examination 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.
Citizenship 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic Any criminal traffic conviction within the past five years. Examples include: DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit & run. 
Automatic More than one DUI conviction.
Automatic Suspension or revocation of driver's license for traffic crimes, infractions, or violations within the past three years. 
Drug Usage
Automatic Any illegal drug use in the last three years.
Automatic Any use of illegal narcotics after having been employed by a police or corrections agency, or in a police or corrections capacity (including reserve officers and military police officer).
Automatic A felony drug conviction of any kind.
Automatic Participation in the manufacturing, sale, distribution or transport for sale of any illegal drugs with the exception of marijuana.
Automatic Marijuana use within the past six months.
Criminal Activity
Automatic A felony conviction under state or federal law as an adult.
Automatic Conviction of sex related crime and/or required to be registered on the sex offender registry at any age. 
Automatic Any other misdemeanor conviction, diversion or expungement within the last three years.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic An attempt to elude conviction in the past seven years.
Automatic Been previously employed by a police or corrections agency, or in a police or corrections capacity (including reserve officers and military police officer) and has since committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
Automatic Had police certification denied or revoked in this state or any other state.
Automatic Been terminated by another law enforcement agency for lying during an internal affairs investigation.
Automatic Lied during any part of the hiring process.
Automatic Submitted an application or personal history statement that has been falsified.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Automatic Illegal financial practices such as embezzlement, employee theft, check fraud, income tax evasion, expense account fraud, filing deceptive loan statements, and any other intentional financial breaches of trust.

Engaging in the following behavior as an adult (unless the behavior was conducted in the regular course of duties as a law enforcement officer):

  • Knowingly producing, distributing, obtaining, accessing, or possessing any visual depiction of child pornography, film, video, pictures, computer or computer generated image of picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical or other means. 

Contact Information

Battle Ground Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

507 SW 1st Street
Battle Ground, WA 98604 Clark County
(360) 342-5007


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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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