Law Enforcement Officer Position

Colfax Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Colfax Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on October 02, 2023
PST Partner Agency since April 17, 2015

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Personal history statement must be completed in order to be considered for oral board interview. 

Community Information

Colfax is the County seat of Whitman County, and is located about 14 miles north of Pullman / WSU and 60 miles south of Spokane on highway 195. Colfax is an agriculture community, in an area of rolling hills with dryland hillside wheat, barley and legume farming. Colfax has agriculture business and manufacturing, a retail business district, government offices and service firms of accountants and lawyers. Colfax is home to impressive rural health care services, centered on Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, a large doctors clinic, nursing home, assisted living facilities and a congregate care facility. Through the Hospital and clinic, a wide range of medical specialists serves the area. Colfax enjoys a minimal rate of violent crime, and low rates of serious crime and drug problems. The community still has an air of country life and trust. The Police Department's goal is to keep that feeling among the citizens while dealing with the crime and problems of modern society. The school system is considered to be excellent, and there are many houses and building lots available to new residents.

Department Information

The City of Colfax is located in eastern Washington in Whitman County. The Police Department is a five officer Department with a Chief and four officers. Uniforms and equipment are provided by the Department. The team members of the Colfax Police Department are committed to enhancing the safety and security of our community through the development of partnerships with our residents and surrounding law enforcement agencies. The Colfax Police Department Team is committed to building the trust and respect of our community through the use of the following key ideals: Safety; Courtesy; Professionalism; Efficiency; Acting with integrity and accountability; Respecting and protecting individual rights. This Department fosters a positive team environment that encourages the growth of all of our law enforcement employees to the benefit of our community.

Area Information

County: Whitman
Population: 3,000+
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Colfax Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

Number of vacancies: 1

Salary Information

Entry level: $3,926-$5,158 month .

With experience, DOQ, can be placed higher on the scale. Time in grade step raises, extending for 6 years. Merit pay scale after 2 years is available for specialized functions. Longevity pay after 10 years.

Benefit Information

Standard overtime/comp time, vacation & sick leave. Full medical insurance for employee and spouse or children. Family vision and dental insurance. Long-term disability insurance. 144 hours banked holiday time per year.

Colfax Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship Yes
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Current Washington License, or able to obtain.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None allowed
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None allowed
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Candidates need to possess a Washington State BLEA certification at the time of hire, or if the candidate is an out of state transfer they must be able to obtain the equivalency within the first year of employment.
Prior Experience Requirement Candidates must possess 2 years continual full time service with no break longer than 1 year in service at the time of hire.
Current Hiring Status
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Colfax Police Department - Lateral 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 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 5 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 1 uses total.
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.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
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.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of CJTC certified status, or suspension of current CJTC certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Colfax Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

North 400 Mill Street
P O Box 229
Colfax, WA 99111 Whitman County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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