Law Enforcement Officer Position

Fife Police Department - Police Officer



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Fife Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on May 04, 2023
PST Partner Agency since June 12, 2012

Vacancies: 5

Community Information


Fife will be a vibrant destination with a healthy balance between residential, commercial, and industrial uses, all of which are interconnected with green infrastructure and open space that supports a great quality of life.


The City of Fife maintains and enhances the quality of life for its constituents through excellence in public service and a commitment to the following ideals:

  • Embrace our diversity and advance equity through inclusive community engagement
  • Maintain a transparent, responsive government to keep the public informed
  • Provide safety and security to ensure the welfare of our community
  • Protect and improve our environment and infrastructure through balanced planning and development
  • Assure responsible stewardship of the city's resources 
  • Seek excellence in all endeavors and cherish the trust of constituents

Please visit our City website for more information:

Department Information

Mission Statement

The Fife Police Department partners with the community to strengthen mutual respect to ensure public safety for all, identify and solve problems and aggressively combat crime.

Vision Statement

Fife is a community of choice for residents and businesses, and a place for criminals to avoid.

Core Values

· We are respectful

· We value trust

· We are progressive

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Area Information

County: Pierce
Population: 11,380
# of Staff: 130

Hiring Status

Fife Police Department - Police Officer has 5 vacancies.

Continuously hiring 

Entry Level applicants please test through Public Safety Testing. Scores are pulled on an as-need basis, with oral boards scheduled depending upon vacancies occurring within the department.

Lateral applicants do not test through Public Safety Testing, instead you can apply directly by visiting the City of Fife job line to apply as a lateral Police Officer. Lateral applicants do not complete a written or physical agility test. Upon application screening, lateral applicants are scheduled for oral boards on an as-need basis depending upon vacancies occurring within the department. Please visit to apply for lateral positions

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 three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

2023 $81,762.72 - $107,055.00 Annually

Fife Officers have opportunity receive additional pay, including:

Patrol Shift Differential: Patrol Officers have the ability to work on a 10 or 12-hour shift schedule with shift differential pay for officers working graveyard shift.

Education Incentive Pay: AA/AAS degree $125 per month, qualifying BA degree $200 per month, qualifying MA degree $270 per month incentive.

Specialty Pay: Build your career with Fife. Career development is a department priority. We offer exceptional ongoing training as well as specialty assignments such as Tactical Response Operator/Negotiator, Detectives, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard, Certified Technical Collision Investigator, Certified Collision Reconstructionist, Command Vehicle Operator, Officer-In Charge, and opportunities as a department instructor. Though Fife is geographically small, there is no shortage of opportunities for growth.

Accreditation Incentive: As the Department maintains WASPC accreditation, all bargaining unit members will receive a 1% base wage increase. Fife PD reaccredited in April of 2020.

Bilingual Incentive: Premium pay available for eligible Officers.

Longevity Pay: Offered after 7 years of service starting at 3% per monthly salary with continued increases.

Deferred Compensation: Fife Officers have the opportunity to contribute to the qualified, deferred compensation plan, with the City matching contribution funds each month with continued increases to 2023.

Benefit Information

Medical/Dental/VisionThe City pays 97% of the medical insurance premiums and 96% of dental and vision premiums for employees and their dependents. The City also contributes to a VEBA or HSA.

Paid Leave: After one year of continuous service, a full-time employee is granted 96 hours of vacation, and 8 additional hours of vacation for every completed year of continuous service thereafter up to a maximum of 240 hours of vacation per year. Employees are granted up to 13 working days off without loss of pay as holidays. Sick leave for injury or illness is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month up to 96 hours each year.

Collective Bargaining Agreements can be found on the Human Resources website.

RetirementFife Police Officers are mandatory members of the State of Washington Law Enforcement Officers’ and Firefighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF 2). Employees and the City jointly contribute to the plan.

EquipmentThe City provides all initial gear upon hire and thereafter a generous yearly uniform allowance of $1,500. Officers participate in a take-home vehicle program upon completion of field training. Fife PD is almost entirely equipped with SUV’s with some of the most sophisticated gear being installed in our fleet.

Fife 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 US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
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 Correctable to 20/20
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Contact Information

Fife Police Department - Police Officer

3737 Pacific Hwy E Suite 110
Fife, WA 98424 Pierce County


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