Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ferndale Police Department - Police Officer



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Ferndale Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on July 15, 2021
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Community Information

Located in Whatcom County, the City of Ferndale is rapidly expanding in both population and geographic area. Located four miles north of Bellingham, the City covers approximately five square miles. Interstate 5 passes through the middle of the City and provides easy access via three exits. The Canadian border is 15 minutes North of the City, and Seattle is an hour and a half south. Ferndale is centrally located, allowing the 11,415 residents to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking at Mt. Baker, or beach activities at Birch Bay and the Puget Sound. Industry, such as the BP refinery and Intalco Aluminum processing plant provide much of the local employment.

Department Information

The Ferndale Police Department structure consists of Chief, 2 Lieutenants, 3 Sergeants, and 12 Officers. Specialty assignments include School Resource Officer, Detective.

Area Information

County: Whatcom
Population: 11,415
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interview 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.

Number of current Entry Level vacancies: 0

Number of current Lateral Level vacancies: 0

*Please contact the Ferndale Police Department directly for a Lateral Level Application.

Salary Information

2020 - 2022

1st Year:  $5976 - $6417

2nd Year:  $6154 - $6608 

3rd Year:  $6401 - $6874 

4th Year:  $6660 - $7151 

5th Year:  $7078 - $7601

6th Year:  $7184 - $7715

7th Year:  $7292 - $7830

8th Year:  $7438 - $7987

Longevity after 6 Years.
Deferred Comp. match
Education Incentive

SWAT & Instructor Premiums 

Benefit Information

Medical Coverage: 5% co-pay monthly premium;
Dental Coverage: 100 % Employer Provided;
Vision Coverage: 100% Employer Provided.
Take Home Vehicle Policy

Ferndale 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 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

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 Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements 20/100 uncorrected, 20/20 corrected. Refractory surgery reviewed on case by case basis.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Ferndale 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 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 5 or more moving violations in past 5 years.
Automatic 3 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Drug Usage
Potential Illegal or improper drug use will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Automatic Conviction of any domestic violence statute.
Automatic Previous or current denial of CJTC/POST certified Peace Officer Status.

Contact Information

Ferndale Police Department - Police Officer

2220 Main Street
PO Box 1257
Ferndale, WA 98248 Whatcom County


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

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