Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ephrata Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Ephrata Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on October 30, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Applicants for lateral entry into the Police Department must have been employed as full-time law enforcement officers with a civilian law enforcement agency within the last twenty-four (24) months. That employment must have lasted a minimum of one year. Applicants shall have successfully completed probation and possess current basic certification upon application from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC), which can be obtained by successfully completing the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Out of state candidates, who have been previously certified in another state, must pass the WSCJTC equivalency examination. All candidates must submit a City of Ephrata Application and successfully pass an oral board interview. The Lateral Entry selection process will be separate and apart from that of entry level and will have a separate eligibility list combined with the Academy Graduate applicants. The appointing authority shall request a background, psychological and polygraph test upon conditional letter of hire.

Community Information

Ephrata is a small town located in central Washington. Servicing a population of just over 8,600 people and surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery of Beasley Hill and the Columbia Basin. Our town offers an affordable housing market, low cost of living and abundance of recreational activities to maintain a great work/life balance. The greater Ephrata area is home to over 100 lakes, Beazley Hill contains miles of hiking/mountain bike trails, and the city is only a couple hours from some of the best ski resorts in the PNW.

Department Information

The Ephrata Police Department is committed to public safety and our community whole heartedly supports us. We place an emphasis on consistent training and encourage opportunities for professional development.

Ephrata Police Department’s current authorized staffing consists of 16 sworn Officers and 3 civilian support staff. Patrol Officers work 12-hour shifts with two 3-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) each month. Specialty assignments include, Bike patrol, Tactical Response Team (TRT), Field Training Officer and Detective.

Area Information

County: Grant
Population: 8620
# of Staff: 19

Hiring Status

Ephrata Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

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 & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

Police Officer salary range for 2023:  Base = $5,913; 1-3 years = $6,287/month; 4-5 years = $6,531; 6+ years = $6,804.  Probationary pay will depend on qualifications.

Benefit Information

City paid full coverage medical/dental/vision for employee and family; Equipment allowance; city provided VEBA account; Longevity Pay after 5th year of employment; generous vacation and sick leave accruals; twelve hour shifts with Kelly Time accrual.

Ephrata Police Department - Lateral Police Officer 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
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Disqualifying.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Disqualifying.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet requirement of LEOFF system.
Prior Experience Requirement Currently employed as a full-time police officer with public law enforcement. Must be working in a job classification the same or similar to the position applied for. Must have successfully graduated from the Washington State Law Enforcement Academy or meet WACJT standard for equivalency. Must be able to meet medical standards for LEOFF Retirement System.

Preferred two(2) years continuous law enforcement experience.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Ephrata 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 10 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 drug substance usage or exposure within past 5 year(s)
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 5 year(s)
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity
Automatic Illegal opiate use
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 5 years. No more than 3 uses total
Automatic Illegal use of 1 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 time(s) 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 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: Polygraph/Psychological testing failure
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.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Ephrata Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

121 Alder Street SW
Ephrata, WA 98823 Grant County


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

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