Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ellensburg Police Department - Police Officer - Lateral



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Ellensburg Police Department - Police Officer - Lateral

Last updated on February 29, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Community Information

Ellensburg is located in the geographic center of Washington at the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Ellensburg is home to Central Washington University, the world famous Ellensburg Rodeo, and year round recreation from the Cascades to the Columbia River.

Department Information

The Ellensburg Police Department strives to build & foster citizen trust through community partnerships as well as proactive and innovative policing strategies. Officers are encouraged to engage and interact with community members to improve our citizen's quality of life.

Area Information

County: Kittitas
Population: approximately 20,000
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

The recruitment 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.

Current Vacancies: 1

Salary Information

2024 Wages:

$5,982/month Probationary

$6,405/month Third Class

$6,772/month Second Class

$7,790/month First Class

In addition, there is incentive pay for physical fitness determined by an annual fitness assessment. There is also an education incentive, longevity incentive, and specialty pay for certain positions (i.e. school resource officer, detective, anti-crime, reserve coordinator, field training officer.)

Benefit Information

Paid Life Insurance, Medical Dental and Vision paid at 90%, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Educational, Specialty and Longevity Pay, Fitness Incentive, Uniform Allowance

Ellensburg Police Department - Police Officer - Lateral Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification

Lateral Hires must have successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Experience with another agency for at least 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience) shall be recognized and at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Prior Experience Requirement Lateral Hires must have successfully completed Basic Law Enforcement Academy.  Experience with another agency for at least 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience) shall be recognized and at the discretion of the appointing authority.  
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Ellensburg Police Department - Police Officer - Lateral 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
Potential 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
Potential Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 3 years
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity
Potential Illegal opiate use
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years
Automatic Illegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances
Automatic Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug
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 3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: untruthfulness, refusal to submit to polygraph
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 WA (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support
Automatic Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed

Contact Information

Ellensburg Police Department - Police Officer - Lateral

100 North Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926 Kittitas County


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