Law Enforcement Officer Position

Bremerton Police Department - Police Officer



The information herein is provided by the respective agency and is only as accurate and as up-to-date as the agency representative(s) update this information. PST is not responsible for the veracity of this data as it is provided directly from the agency. It is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to verify any information about the agency with the agency.

Bremerton Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on March 27, 2024
PST Partner Agency since December 27, 2013

Vacancies: 5

Important Information

Join our Team!!! - Bremerton Police Department is seeking highly motivated individuals to serve our community and become part of our team.

***Lateral Police Officer Candidates do not need to test with PST, only a completed City of Bremerton application and resume are required. Please visit for information regarding applying as a Lateral Police Officer. LATERAL HIRING BONUS - $25,000***

In order to continue in the hiring process, entry level candidates must pass the physical and written tests, and then complete a City of Bremerton Application (with personal résumé.) Candidates can apply at

Placement on the Civil Service Register is determined by weighted examination scores as follows:

Passing Score


Written Examination



Oral Board Examination



 You will be eligible for further steps in the hiring process (i.e., background investigation, oral boards, etc.) for one year after placement on the hiring register.

Community Information

A one hour ferry ride - or thirty minute fast ferry ride - from downtown Seattle, Bremerton is truly a beautiful City where guests enjoy the downtown Harborside area. It includes Kitsap Conference Center, two hotels, fine dining, coffee shops, cafes and the Port of Bremerton Marina with 220 permanent slips and 100 for visiting boaters. We invite you to enjoy a stroll through the Arts District, Puget Sound Navy Museum, USS Turner Joy, Boardwalk, Harborside Fountain Park and PSNS Memorial Plaza all located near the ferry terminal. Take a short walk across the Manette Bridge for more cafes and shopping. A few blocks north of downtown is Evergreen Rotary Park featuring the 9/11 Memorial and accessible playground.  Gold Mountain Golf Course includes two 18 hole championship courses and disc golf is available at NAD Park. Our diversity has rewarded Bremerton with a thriving artistic and cultural community. Bremerton has nine unique neighborhoods with new affordable housing, excellent schools, 35 parks and many recreation programs. It will be easy to see why people are experiencing Bremerton and what a great place it is to live, work and play.

Department Information


  • Mission: We service our community by enforcing the law, building relationships, and combating crime.
  • Vision: The Bremerton Police Department's vision is to maintain a safe, desirable place to live, work, and visit.
  • Values: We value leadership, integrity, and teamwork.

We strongly encourage all personnel to build, maintain, and grow relationships with the community and individual community groups.

The Bremerton Police Department is a WASPC Accredited Agency and is responsible for the maintenance of public order, responding to incidents of criminal activity, traffic control, criminal investigations, crime prevention, Homeland Security issues and other related public service. The Department currently consists of 1 chief, 2 captains, 3 lieutenants, 8 sergeants, 8 corporals and 42 officers, and 17.76 civilian personnel and has an approximate 2024 annual budget of $14.9 million.

Area Information

County: Kitsap
Population: 41,405 (2019 census)
# of Staff: 72.5

Hiring Status

Bremerton Police Department - Police Officer has 5 vacancies.

The City is continually recruiting for Entry Level Police Officers. The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Upon passing PST testing, candidates must complete a City of Bremerton application with their resume attached at in order to move forward in the process.

Oral Board Examination: Top qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in the Oral Examination. An examination panel will evaluate applicant's application packet and personal résumé and through an Oral Examination assess candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.

Placement on the Civil Service register is determined by weighted examination scores as follows:

Written Examination - Passing Score 70% - Weight 40%
Physical Agility Examination - Pass/Fail
Oral Examination - Passing Score 70% - Weight 60% 

Salary Information

  • Salary - $78,811.20 - $113,110.40

    (Salary rates above include longevity, education incentive, bilingual premium, detective premium, field training officer premium, and school resource officer which employees are not eligible to receive until a date specified by the collective bargaining agreement or assigned by the Police Chief. Additionally, a K-9 officer shall receive a K-9 stipend of three (3) hours per week at 48% of Step 5 Police Officer overtime rate.)

  • Premium pay for special assignments (Detective, K9, FTO, SRO)
  • Bilingual premium (3%) for employees who demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department, the ability to communicate in Spanish, Mam, or American Sign Language
  • Longevity
  • Education incentive upon completion of probation: 2% Associate degree or equivalent; 4% Bachelor's Degree

Benefit Information

Effective the first of the month following the date of hire, regular employees are eligible for the City's medical and dental insurance plans.

Currently, the City pays the premium for your choice of one of two health insurance plans, Group Health or Premera Blue Cross administered by the LEOFF Health and Welfare Trust. To cover dependents you pay 10% of the dependent premium. Dependents may be added when hired, within 30 days of birth or adoption, during the annual open enrollment, or if you have a qualifying event (e.g. marriage, divorce, spouse loss of job or medical coverage). Detailed coverage and rate information is available from Human Resources.

The City provides a dental plan through Washington Dental Service for both you and your dependents at no cost to you. Dependents must be added when you are hired, within 30 days of birth or adoption, or during open enrollment.

An employee who waives the right to obtain medical insurance coverage through the City and who provides proof of credible coverage through his/her spouse or other source shall be entitled to receive a stipend as follows:

Employee Only $150.00
Employee & Spouse $300.00
Employee, Spouse & 1 Dependent $350.00
Employee, Spouse & 2 Dependents $400.00
Employee & 1 Dependent $300.00
Employee & 2 Dependents $350.00

Employees shall be required to notify Human Resources, in writing, during open enrollment, of their desire to waive medical coverage, or at any time during the year if a qualifying event occurs which would change their status (e.g. marriage, divorce, spouse loss of job or medical coverage).

The City contributes thirty dollars ($30.00) per month on behalf of each employee to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) through Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA) trust.

The City provides a comprehensive retirement program through the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF). If you have an account established in LEOFF prior to October 1, 1977, Plan 1 would apply. Otherwise, you will be enrolled in Plan 2.

You may choose from several plans. The City will match your contribution up to 5.5% of your base monthly wage. You may contribute with a minimum of $30 per month and a maximum annual combined (employer and employee) contribution of $23,000.

The City provides life insurance coverage in the amount of $200,000.

Bremerton Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

Only those candidates receiving a score of 70% or higher on the written examination are eligible to move forward in the hiring process.

LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 180 days (~6 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 High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
Driver's License Required A valid Washington State driver’s license with a good driving record is required.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Mandatory Academy Rejection.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Read, speak and write the English language.
Vision Requirements

Correctable to 20/20

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus with or without corrective lenses.

College Requirement No
Other Upon passing the written and physical ability tests, applicants must complete a City of Bremerton Application (with personal résumé.). Candidates can apply at
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Bremerton 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
Automatic 2 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Potential 3 or more moving violations in past 5 years.
Potential 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
Potential Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 8 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Potential No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Potential Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Deceptive results of a truth verification examination concerning the applicant's background. Evidence that the applicant has willfully omitted pertinent information; provided false or misleading information during the application process or in written application or statement of personal history, or has cheated during any phase of testing during application process.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Potential Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Potential 2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.  
Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Potential The failure to meet financial obligations and has adversely affected the applicants lifestyle during the 10 years immediately preceding the date of application. 

Contact Information

Bremerton Police Department - Police Officer

345 6th Street, Suite 100
Bremerton, WA 98337 Kitsap County
(360) 473-2320


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