Law Enforcement Officer Position

Kalama Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Kalama Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on November 15, 2022
PST Partner Agency since August 17, 2015

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Police Department at 360-673-2165 and ask to speak to Chief Gibson.

Area Information

County: Cowlitz
Population: 3013
# of Staff: 8

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

**All lateral applicants must be graduates of a State certified/approved basic law enforcement academy, (CJTC in WA state) to be eligible for lateral hire by the Kalama Police Department.

Salary Information

Annual Salary - $56,469.48 (5th class officer) to $63,694.68 (1st class officer)

Benefit Information

Officers reach top step after six years. Lateral applicants may qualify for a higher pay step, based on experience. Longevity is offered after three years of service and starts at 2% per monthly base salary. The City pays 100% of the medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums for employees and their dependents.

They also contribute into a VEBA account.

Officers are issued all uniforms and equipment by the Department. Officers receive a $45 per month cleaning allowance for uniforms and a $50 per month cell phone stipend.

Officers start out earning 8 hours (96 total hrs) of vacation per month. Vacation accruals increase after three years of completed service.

Officers are given a bank of 96 hours of sick leave their first year of employment. After completing one year, sick leave is accrued at 8 hours per month.

Officers can also accrue a maximum of 80 hours of comp time and can use those hours to take paid time off.

Officers with an Associate's degree will receive a $50 per month incentive.

Officers with a Bachelors degree will receive a $100 per month incentive.

Current positions open at this time: 0

Kalama Police Department - Lateral 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 None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Yes
Prior Experience Requirement Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Kalama 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 One or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic 4 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 3 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 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 5 years. No more than 3 uses total.
Potential 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 3 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 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

Kalama Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

P.O. Box 297
1000 E Frontage Rd
Kalama, WA 98625 Cowlitz County


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

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