Law Enforcement Officer Position

Elma Police Department - Police Officer



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Elma Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on February 09, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Important Information

Elma is a great place to live, play, work and invest in. It’s our people that make us great and we would love to have you join our team. With a population of over 3300, which is growing quickly, Elma has small-town charm with supportive community members.  We are located 25 miles west of Olympia and serve as the Gateway to Grays Harbor. It is also centrally positioned south of the beautiful Olympic Mountains and east of the ocean beaches.

Take a look at our website, and discover how the City of Elma can make your next career move a great one.

Salary range $ 5,184 to $6,047 with educational incentives available.  The City of Elma provides a competitive benefits package which includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, and vision coverage.  Applications for Lateral Level only are available at the Elma City Hall, 202 W. Main in Elma and also on the website (police app) at Entry-Level candidates will need to test through Public Safety Testing.  Please return completed applications to City of Elma, P.O. Box 3005, 202 W. Main St., Elma, WA  98541.

If you have any questions for our Police Chief, please contact the Elma Police Department at 360-482-3131.  

Community Information

Elma has also been called the "Gateway to the Olympic Mountains & Pacific Beaches" which affords lots of recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and hunting. Elma is located in Grays Harbor County about 30 miles west of Olympia and about 30 miles east of the coast. Elma is a growing rural city with a close knit atmosphere which provides affordable housing. Close enough to the 1-5 Corridor to commute and far enough away to provide a rural family environment. The Elma Schools have experienced teachers, small class sizes, and many advanced educational opportunities for children.

Department Information

The Department is a proactive, community oriented, full service agency. We have assigned patrol vehicles and take home car program. We provide continuous advanced training opportunities and educational incentives. Patrol Officers work 8 and 10 hour shifts. Elma Police Officers have opportunities to conduct thorough investigations and participate in active criminal interdiction through traffic enforcement activities.

Area Information

County: Grays Harbor
Population: 3,351
# 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 five" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur. Once certified, the list will be in effect for one year and may be extended for one additional year.

Salary Information

$ 5,184 to $ 6,047

Benefit Information

Full Medical Insurance for employee. Family coverage 90% paid, 10% paid by employee. Vision and Dental insurance.

Elma 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 Yes
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions of any kind as an adult.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Not as a rule, but will consider on a case by case basis.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF standards.
College Requirement No
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Elma 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 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 2 years
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years
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
Automatic Illegal opiate use
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past years. No more than 0 uses total
Automatic Illegal use of 2 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, including marijuana
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 3 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 5 years
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
Potential 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/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

Elma Police Department - Police Officer

124 North 3rd Street
P.O. Box 3011
Elma, WA 98541 Grays Harbor County


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

Other Elma Police Department positions

Lateral Police Officer