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Des Moines Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on November 20, 2019
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Patrol schedule consists of 12-hour shifts working 3 days on, 3 days off, on a rotating basis.
Schedules may be amended due to Department demand or need.
The City of Des Moines is a waterfront community, situated on the shores of Puget Sound. It has a large city-owned Marina in the downtown core. Two additional city-owned waterfront parks, and a State-run waterfront campground, help make Des Moines a beautiful community. Des Moines is situated midpoint between Seattle and Tacoma on the I-5 corridor, immediately south and adjacent to the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Des Moines is home to Highline Community College.
The department, under the direction of Chief Ken Thomas, is guided by a written strategic plan. Developed mutually by the department and community, the strategic plan has specific goals and objectives helping the department to plan and grow. Valuing high ethical standards, the department prides itself in the quality of its employees and service to the community. Des Moines is a modern department with quality equipment and a caring and supportive staff.
Patrol Officers work a 3 days on 3 days off 12 hour schedule. The department is seeking individuals who want to do more than answer calls for service. We are seeking officers who are problem-solvers and wanting to work with the community to reduce calls for service and lower the crime rate.
# of Staff:
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 five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.
NUMBER OF OPENINGS: One (1).
HIRING INCENTIVE: NEW ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICERS SHALL RECEIVE 40 HOURS OF VACATION UPON HIRE AS A HIRING INCENTIVE (City Manager's Executive Order No. 17-001, effective May 31, 2017).
Annual Base Salary: $61,464 - 97,416
Premium Pay and Benefits
- Educational incentive pay: 2.5% for AA/AS/AT, 4% for BA/BS, 5% for MA/MS/MPA
- Master Police Officer (MPO) pay steps
- Bank of 96 hours of holiday leave received each January
- 48 hours of holiday time may be cashed out each December
- 110 hours of Kelly Time off per year
- 96 hours of paid vacation leave per year, progressing up to 192 hours
- 96 hours of paid sick leave per year
- Monthly sick leave cash out deposited into 457 account (2 hours if sick leave balance is over 200 hours, 3 hours if over 300 hours)
- The City participates in the Washington State LEOFF retirement system.
- In addition, the City contributes 6.52% of wages to a 401(a) Social Security replacement plan.
Note: Execution of a new Guild Contract may amend Salary amounts and Benefits.
Insurance Coverage and Retirement: The City provides an attractive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance at 150% of annual salary, long term disability insurance, survivor income benefit insurance, Washington State LEOFF retirement, plus a 401(a) Social Security replacement plan. See Benefits Summary at http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1966.
Note: Execution of a new Guild Contract may amend Salary amounts and Benefits.
Des Moines Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|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 at time of appointment.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||None.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Per LEOFF Standards.|
No college required; however, preference points are awarded based on the following types of degrees from a college accredited by either the Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges or by any other regional accredited association formally recognized by NASC:
AA or AS: 5% added to final cumulative score
BA or BS: 8% added to final cumulative score
MA, MS, or MPA: 10% added to final cumulative score
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Must successfully obtain within one year of hire.|
|Reserve Officer Certification Preference Points||Successful completion of a police reserve academy approved by the Civil Service Commission or a Des Moines approved reserve officer training academy receives 5% added to their final cumulative score.|
|Veterans Preference Points||Any applicant who meets the requirements of the Civil Service Commission of Des Moines & RCW 41.04.010 is eligible to receive 10% added to their final cumulative score. Veteran means any person who satisfies the definition in RCW 41.04.005.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Des Moines 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.
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
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