Law Enforcement Officer Position

Blaine Police Department - Police Officer



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Blaine Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on July 15, 2021
PST Partner Agency since August 29, 2012

Important Information

The department no longer has any immediate openings.  However, we anticipate interviews in the fall for an eligibility list.

Community Information

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.

Department Information

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.

Area Information

County: Whatcom
Population: 6,000
# of Staff: 16

Hiring Status

The department will soon be establishing an eligibility list.  Boards will be held in the fall.

Salary Information

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.

Benefit Information

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...
    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 21
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.

Category Disqualifier
Potential One or more serious traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Potential Any suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Potential Four or more moving violations in past 2 years.
Drug Usage

No use of Marijuana within twelve (12) months prior to testing.


No possession of cocaine more than 3 times during lifetime.


No use of any illegal drug(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity.


Has not manufactured or cultivated illegal drugs for the purpose of the sale/marketing of the drugs.


Has not sold or facilitated the sale of illegal drugs.

Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Making any false or misleading oral or written statement or the lack of complete candor during the application and review process shall be grounds for removal of the applicant.
Automatic Making any false or misleading oral or written statement or the lack of complete candor during the application and review process shall be grounds for removal of the applicant.
Automatic Making any false or misleading oral or written statement or the lack of complete candor during the application and review process shall be grounds for removal of the applicant.
Potential Unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Gross failure to make arrangement for the payment of debt or incurring debt the applicant knows or should know that he or she will be able to repay shall be grounds for removal of the applicant unless a satisfactory explanation is provided.

Contact Information

Blaine Police Department - Police Officer

322 H Street
Blaine, WA 98230 Whatcom County


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

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