Law Enforcement Officer Position

Forks Police Department - Police Officer



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Forks Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on December 14, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 4

Important Information

Currently in Union negotiations 

Community Information

The Forks Police Department is a rural community on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Port Angeles is the nearest city, some 60 miles to the East on Hwy. #101. Forks is nestled in the forests of several private timber companies, and is near the Olympic National Park. Forks is within miles of the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of beach hikes available in the area, and numerous rivers for Steelhead and Salmon fishing. The City is also located near several American Indian Reservations, and enjoys sharing cultural awareness with each other. The City has one elementary school, one middle school, and one Senior High School. Forks High School has been designated a "high tech high" due to their focus on computers for the future. Also located in downtown Forks is an annex for Peninsula Community College. Forks is located about an hour drive from Port Angeles. From Port Angeles, you can hop a ferry to Victoria, Canada for the day or weekend. Another hour and a half with get you to Silverdale for shopping, and Bremerton is a short drive from there.

Department Information

The Forks Police Department has a Patrol Division, made up of a police chief, sergeant and 3 patrol officers. The department also operates its own 40 bed jail facility. The department pays for uniforms, and longevity incentive pay. The Police Officers and Corrections Staff are represented by Teamsters Local #589. There is one union staff member who is responsible for all records of the department and maintains control and audit trails regarding all evidence and property. City of Forks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Area Information

County: Clallam
Population: 3,200
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Forks Police Department - Police Officer has 4 vacancies.

Number of current openings: 4

Salary Information


Benefit Information

Family coverage paid by City for medical/dental/vision/life/VEBA.  We currently have a cost share for medical ranging from ($25-$50). Optional deferred compensation plan. LEOFF retirement.

Forks 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 Legally Eligible to Work in the US
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.
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 20/50 corrected to 20/25
College Requirement 2 year preferred
Prior Experience Requirement No
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant

Forks 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 (not traffic infractions) in last 7 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc)
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 8 years
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 5 years
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 10 years
Automatic Hit and run, 10 years
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Pattern of abuse/illegal use of prescription medications.
Automatic Illegal use of LSD, PCP or other hallucinogens, and other dangerous drugs more than 15 times in a lifetime, and no use within the last 10 years.

No marijuana use within last 90 days.  No significant, consistent use in the past year.

Significant, consistent use is defined as 3 time per week.

Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
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 Failure to pay income tax or child support
Automatic Refusal of required vaccinations per policy.

Contact Information

Forks Police Department - Police Officer

500 E. Division Street
Forks, WA 98331 Clallam County


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

Other Forks Police Department positions

Corrections Officer