Law Enforcement Officer Position

Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified



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Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified

Last updated on November 17, 2023
PST Partner Agency since September 05, 2018

Vacancies: 2

Community Information

Please see website The City of Kelso is situated at the confluence of the Columbia, Cowlitz, and Coweeman rivers, 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and 60 miles from the Cascade Mts. We are located on Interstate 5, 48 miles north of Portland, OR, and 125 miles south of Seattle, WA. This location affords easy access to many types of activities, from outdoors activities like hunting, fishing, camping and boating to the arts, entertainment and shopping available in the metropolitan areas of Portland and Seattle. The Kelso School District is regarded as one of the best in Southwest Washington and the relationship between our agency and our schools is second to none. Kelso has a manager/council type of government and an excellent school system.

Department Information

The Kelso Police Department is a service-oriented organization embracing the Community Policing philosophy. Of our 32 total staff, 27 are commissioned officers serving in patrol, investigations and one in a school resource officer role.  We also have four officers assigned to our regional SWAT team.  Our officers have an average of 15 years with our agency and they enjoy a high level of community support.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package with generous paid time off.   

Area Information

County: Cowlitz
Population: 12,720
# of Staff: 27

Hiring Status

Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified has 2 vacancies.

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

The Officer salary range for the 2022 calendar year is $6059-7574 per month, plus educational and longevity incentives.  Qualified lateral/experienced officers are eligible for a $20,000 bonus paid in $5,000 intervals for four consecutive years and salary step will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

Benefit Information

Medical, Dental, Vision coverage, as well as uniform allowance, uniform cleaning, sick leave, vacation, and tuition assistance provided by the City per contract.

Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
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 Must meet LEOFF II standards.
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Prior Experience Requirement Yes
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified 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
Potential One (1) or more criminal traffic convictions in last five (5) years (Vehicular Assault/Homicide, DWI/Physical Control, Suspended/Revoked, Reckless, etc.)
Drug Usage
Automatic Use of illegal drugs in the last 5 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana, within the last 10 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.
Automatic Conviction 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 Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
Automatic Termination for cause, or leaving employer in lieu of termination, by any criminal justice agency.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.

Contact Information

Kelso Police Department - BLEA Certified

201 Pacific Ave S
Kelso, WA 98626 Cowlitz County


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

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