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Blaine Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on July 15, 2021
PST Partner Agency since August 29, 2012
The department no longer has any immediate openings. However, we anticipate interviews in the fall for an eligibility list.
With a current population of nearly 6,000, the City of Blaine is governed by a Council/City Manager form of government. We are located 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of Seattle. To our east, you will find the beautiful Cascade Range and to the west, a scenic view of the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. We can also boast access to an award-winning golf course and a 4-star resort located within our city limits.
Blaine is known as the Peace Arch City for the Peace Arch Monument that was constructed and dedicated here in 1921 and the city is has a rich history as a fishing and logging border town. Two ports of entry are located here. The “Peace Arch Crossing” is the third busiest northern border crossing in the United States and, in 2019, nearly 4 million people entered Blaine through this crossing.
The Blaine Police Department serves a diverse business and residential community with a staff of 14 commissioned officers and 2 civilian support staff. Blaine's northern city limit is the US/Canadian border. Two large US Customs ports of entry, two saltwater marinas, a rail line, and a portion of the I-5 freeway corridor are within our jurisdiction. Blaine officers work closely with federal agencies including the US Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, and international agencies including the RCMP and the Canadian Border Services Agency. The two ports provide officers the opportunity to work a much larger volume of traffic than other agencies of similar size. Narcotics and drug seizures are also common due to our border proximity. Blaine PD provides officers with take-home patrol cars, quality equipment and technologies to help officers pursue the agency’s public safety mission. Our officers are engaged in their community and enjoy strong public support.
# of Staff: 16
The department will soon be establishing an eligibility list. Boards will be held in the fall.
Blaine PD utilizes a five-step tiered pay scale. As of the 2019-2021 FOP contract, starting pay for patrol officers is $5,267.00 per month. The top step is $6,439.00 per month. Premium pay is available for some collateral duties, as well as an education incentive and shift differential between the hours of 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM. Officers are eligible for a longevity pay benefit upon entering their eighth year of employment.
The City of Blaine provides insurance through the Regence Machinist Medical Plan with preventative care add-on or Group Health. The City will pay 90% of the premiums for medical, and 100% of the premiums for vision and dental. Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 8 hours per month. Officers receive 120 hours of paid holiday time at the beginning of each year in addition to vacation time, which is accrued according to years of service. Officers start out with an accrual rate of 8.67 hours per month, while an officer entering their 15th year will accrue at a rate of 16.67 hours per month. The City contributes to the LEOFF 2 Retirement System and a Deferred Compensation program is available.
Blaine Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Valid Washington State Driver's License|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No adult felony convictions at any time.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Will be carefully reviewed|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must meet LEOFF II standards.|
|College Requirement||Associate Degree preferred, not required.|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Body Decorations||Visible neck and/or face tattoo's prohibited.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
Blaine 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.
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