Law Enforcement Officer Position

Colfax Police Department - Police Officer



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Colfax Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on April 25, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

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 - Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

The City of Colfax is looking for an entry level police officer. Salary $3926-$5158 (DOE)



Salary Information

Entry level: $4,044 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 - 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 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
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Colfax 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 at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Any illegal drug use within the last year.
Automatic Injection of amphetamines/methamphetamine. 
Automatic Use of opiates/narcotics/(heroin, morphine, etc.) or abuse of prescribed opiate/narcotics. 
Automatic Use of cocaine over five times regardless of time frame or any injection of cocaine. 
Automatic Participating in the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transporting for sale any illegal drugs/narcotics, regardless of the time frame. 
Automatic Use of any illegal drugs after submitting an application with any law enforcement agency within the last five years. 
Automatic Use of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids over five sequences/cycles within the last two years. 
Automatic Use of illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency regardless of the time frame. 
Automatic Use of marijuana/hashish over fifteen times. 
Automatic Use of amphetamines/methamphetamine over five times.
Automatic Swallowing, sniffing, smoking illegal amphetamines/methamphetamines one time.
Automatic Use of crack cocaine one time. 
Automatic Use of free-based cocaine/paste one time. 
Automatic Use of hallucinogenic drugs. (Mushrooms, LSD, PCP, etc)
Criminal Activity
Automatic Has been convicted of D.U.I. within the past five years or has two or more D.U.I. convictions. A diversion or similar action (First Degree Negligent Driving) is the same as conviction. 
Automatic Has been convicted of any felony charges. Traffic or criminal or misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. 
Automatic Has been convicted of any crime involving false swearing. 
Automatic Has been convicted of a domestic violence related crime which precludes you from possessing a firearm. 
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 - Police Officer

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


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

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