Law Enforcement Officer Position

Camas Police Department - Police Officer



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Camas Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on May 29, 2024
PST Partner Agency since March 18, 2015

Important Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Camas Police Department at 360-834-4151 and ask to speak to Captain Shyla Nelson.

Community Information

Situated in the eastern hilly portion of Clark County, Washington lies the City of Camas, home to approximately 26,000 residents and several large, hi-tech manufacturing industries. Located along the banks of the Columbia River, this "small" city has become a "big" player in the locating of international companies. Rising gently over the western half of the City, Prune Hill has become a showcase for large homes that provide expansive views of downtown Portland, OR, the Columbia River, and Mt. Hood. Descending from the top of the hill, one enters Historic Downtown Camas, the vibrant social, cultural and economic hub of the community. The City values revitalizing the charming downtown while maintaining and restoring it's historic integrity. From its origins over 100 years ago as a paper-mill town, which still boasts a mill operated by Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Camas has expanded, developed, and successfully blended a mix of cultures, values, and vision. Prioritizing the quality of life for all residents has made Camas a truly unique community. Camas School District has strong community support. Camas has enjoyed a strong reputation for academic achievement. Students consistently score among the highest when compared to other districts in Southwest Washington.

Department Information

The Camas Police Department currently has 30 sworn police officers who are committed to protecting our community. Specialty positions include: Detectives, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, SWAT, and Honor Guard.

The Department motto is "No Call Too Small." Camas officers take pride in the level of service they are able to provide the community and in their performance, especially:

• Proactively seeking out criminal activity.

• Aggressively pursuing traffic complaints and concerns.

• DUI enforcement.

• As well as the myriad of service calls that we respond to from the unlocking of automobiles, to helping you find your missing dog.

We encourage citizens to approach officers with questions or concerns they may have.

Department Advantages

• 5/4 work schedule

• Nice facility with fitness center

• New fleet cars every 3 years

• Dry cleaning provided

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 26,605
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

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 ten".

Number of Current Vacancies: 2 currently with an additional 4 projected this June

Salary Information

HIRING BONUS: Entry Level $10,000 - Lateral $30,000

PAY: Salary: $85k - 102k (2023)

Financial incentives include;

1% for AA Degree

3% for a BA Degree

1% Accreditation Premium

4.5%-6.5% Master Patrol Officer (after 6 years of service)

1.5% Premium (for some designated positions/assignments)

5% Premium for Detective Assignments

Matching Deferred Compensation 2% (2022) 3% (2023)

Benefit Information

The City has a complete benefit package that includes: medical, dental, and vision coverage for the full family, life insurance,employee assistance program, pension with the Washington State LEOFF system,vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

In addition, employees receive 148 hours annually in lieu of holidays, which can either be used as additional time off, or can be cashed out. This is separate from normal vacation and sick time accruals.

Camas 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 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile If the act (that would have been an adult felony) was one of violence, that act alone will be an eliminator. Otherwise, the juvenile record of the applicant will be evaluated differently than the conviction of an adult.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet Leoff 2 Medical Requirements (WAC 415-104-595)
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must successfully complete basic law enforcement academy after hire.
Current Hiring Status
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Camas 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
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past one year.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last one year.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
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 Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Camas Police Department - Police Officer

2100 NE 3rd Avenue
Camas, WA 98607 Clark County


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