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Kelso Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on December 05, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Please see website www.kelso.gov. 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 City Manager/Council-type of government.
The Kelso Police Department is a service-oriented organization that embraces a Community Policing philosophy. Of our 32 total staff, 27 are commissioned officers. We currently have officers serving as patrol officers, one school resource officer, one K9 officer, two detectives and four officers assigned to our regional SWAT team. We value our relatively small staff which allows us to work well with each other and be on a first name basis.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with generous paid time off. Our patrol staff works a 4 on, 4 off, 4 on, 5 off pattern of 12-hr shifts which offers generous time off that allows for a satisfying work/life balance.
# of Staff: 27 commissioned
Kelso Police Department - Police Officer has 2 vacancies.
Our eligibility list is a continuous list and maintained as scores are received from PST. Our oral board interviews are conducted on a 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.
The Officer salary range for the 2023 calendar year is $6059-7574 per month, plus educational and longevity incentives.
Medical, Dental, Vision coverage, floating holidays, uniform allowance stipend, weekly uniform cleaning, sick leave, vacation, compensatory time and tuition assistance provided by the City per contract. We also coordinate with Veteran's Affairs for On-The-Job training benefits through the use of candidate's GI bill.
Kelso Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||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.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
Kelso 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.
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
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