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Bellingham Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on November 19, 2019
Testing Deadline: November 11, 2019.
The next testing deadline with Bellingham Police Department is January 10, 2020. Candidates must complete testing between November 16, 2019 and January 10, 2020.
Applicants must complete the written exam and physical ability test through Public Safety Testing prior to the testing deadline. The City of Bellingham will invite the top scoring candidates via email to complete a City of Bellingham Employment Application.
The City of Bellingham is a classified Civil Service System using ranked eligibility lists developed from test scores to select final candidates for hire.
Qualified candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility list based on the written exam score. The top scoring 15 candidates or the top 25%, whichever is greater, will be referred to the Department for final assessment.
Please refer to the City of Bellingham employment website for more information www.cob.org/employment and fill out a job interest alert to receive email notification with the most recent information on public safety career opportunities.
On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border. The City of Bellingham, which serves as the county seat of Whatcom County, is at the center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities.
Due to the unique character of our City, the beauty of the surrounding landscape and diverse opportunities within our agency, working at the Bellingham Police Department offers an unmatched quality of life for those seeking a career in law enforcement.
Regardless of where your career takes you at BPD, officers hired with our department start off at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien, Washington. After graduating from the academy, new officers returning to Bellingham start the Field Training program while assigned to the patrol division. Since 2005, the patrol division has utilized a schedule based on a 10.7 hour work day. The work week is 5 days long and officers enjoy rotating weekends of 4 or 5 days off at a time.
Once the necessary experience has been gained while working on patrol, officers have the opportunity to apply for a variety of specialty units within the department. See our About Us section for details. Whether you find yourself riding our local trails as a bike officer, conducting surveillance in our Special Investigations Unit, or tracking down suspects with your K-9 partner, each position has qualities that appeal to a wide range of personalities and interests. In addition to unique job descriptions of each specialty unit, the hours and shifts differ as well which can provide officers with a healthy change of pace throughout their career.
With approximately 120 commissioned officers, our department offers innovative training, modern equipment and diverse specialty units often associated with larger departments. At the same time our employees enjoy benefits felt at many smaller departments in terms of being a close-knit work group where every face becomes familiar over time. If being part of a team that makes a positive impact in the community sounds appealing, then we encourage you to seek out employment opportunities at our department.
# of Staff: Over 100 commissioned officers
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is November 11, 2019.
Qualified candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on the written exam score. The top scoring 15 candidates or the top 25%, whichever is greater, will be referred to the appointing authority for final assessment.
The eligibility register will be valid for two months.
Recruit salary is $5,264 per month. Upon entry to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, salary is $5,790 per month. Upon successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, the salary range for a Full Performance Police Officer is $5,790/month - $7,449/month. This position is represented by a union.
An extensive benefit package is provided, including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage for employee, spouse and dependents. The state-wide Washington Law Enforcement and Firefighters Pension Plan (LEOFF) provides retirement benefits.
Bellingham Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Minimum Age||21 years of age.|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. <br> Washington State residency by time of hire.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Valid Washington State driver's license by time of hire and good driving record. A three year driving abstract must be submitted prior to hire, with periodic submission of driving abstract per City policy.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No record of felony convictions.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Felony convictions as a juvenile and misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed. A misdemeanor conviction will not necessarily disqualify and applicant, but offenses, by their nature and recentness, may reveal a lack of specific qualifications for this position.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Uncorrected vision in either eye of 20/100 or better, vision able to be corrected to 20/20 in better eye and 20/30 in lesser eye. Visual acuity including closeness, distance, color, peripheral and depth perception, with the ability to adjust focus and to read a computer screen and typewritten page.|
|College Requirement||Associate's Degree or two years (90 quarter hours/60 semester hours) of general education course work toward a degree at an accredited college or university.|
Tattoos on the face, neck, hands, fingers, tongue, scalp or ears are prohibited. At no time while on duty or representing the Department in any capacity, shall any offensive tattoo or body art be visible. Tattoos that consist of religious or political symbolism shall not be visible while on duty.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, Red Cross certification for Infant/Child and Adult CPR and Standard First Aid within two years of hire.
Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.
This agency allows out of state testing.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/ Access Scores||Quarterly – every July, October, January, & April. <br><br> The next testing deadline to complete the written and physical ability test is by January 18, 2019.|