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Kent Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on October 18, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
**Passing candidates are advised to check their email/junk folders for messages from our Hiring Unit. Our hiring process is very fast-paced and our scheduling is flexible for those who are responsive and timely.
Contact for any questions and to schedule a chat:
Officer Brian Cortinas email@example.com
IG: Follow and DM at @ourfuturecops
The City of Kent was incorporated in 1889 and has steadily grown from an area of agriculture and farming into a city of production and manufacturing. The City has 3 main areas: the West Hill is a combination of residential and commercial services; the Valley which is a mixture of residential, warehousing, manufacturing, and commercial services, and the East Hill, which is primarily residential with commercial services. Our static population is approximately 132,000 but grows to approximately 400,000 during the day. We are the 6th largest city in the state of Washington, and the 8th most culturally diverse city in the U.S.
For the real deal in a policing career, look to the Kent Police Department. Significant crime impacts the city, thus, officers and detectives made true impact to help those in need of protection and service on a daily basis.
The Kent Police Department is a full service municipal department consisting of Patrol, Support Services, Investigations, and our own Corrections Facility. We offer a wide variety of law enforcement assignments within the Patrol division including K-9 (the most teams of any city our size in the region), SWAT, riot response, field trainers, hostage negotiations, drone operators, and traffic enforcement positions.
Investigations includes units focusing on homicides, shootings, major crimes, and sex assault. Special Investigations focus on utilizing distinct tools and technology to track down violent felons, and our Crime Scene Investigation team comprise of detectives and officers to conduct specialized crime scene investigation.
Support Services comprises of community response focusing on quality of life issues, crime trends, and outreach. Kent PD has a robust Community Education Unit and efforts to engage and educate the public on crime prevention and to foster partnership. We have a full-time training team and our own indoor firearms range to facilitate state-of-the-art training tactics and opportunities. Our growing Wellness Program which includes in-house fitness trainers and a large Peer Support team work to promote true heath and longevity in all aspects. We have a training center and two gym's to further compliment our resources.
Initial assignment will be to the Patrol division where patrol officers work a 12 hour shift: 4 days on, 3 days off week, then a 3 days on, 4 days off week. Days off rotate every 6 weeks (so you won't be stuck working weekends just because you're new). Officers bid for shifts on a semi-annual basis (there are new officers on day and night shifts alike).
Benefits include education reimbursement, longevity compensation, excellent medical, dental and vision benefits and the best available training and equipment. Salary enhancements for professional physical fitness and specialty assignments are available. Kent Police Department is state accredited with WASPC. There are 217 employees, 166 commissioned positions and 52 civilian positions.
If you are looking for a fast-paced career where you are doing true police-work that matters, apply with us!
Vacancies are limited so testing is highly competitive. Please reach out with any questions or discussion on when to test, as we are expecting more openings soon due to growth of our department and planned retirements!
Officer Brian Cortinas: firstname.lastname@example.org
** We have recently been featured on the Police Applicant Podcast: Episode 43
*** FAQ: We do not require a Covid-19 vaccination (and never did).
# of Staff: 166
Kent Police Department - Police Officer has 4 vacancies.
We are aggressively hiring top-level recruits to join our team. Bring your trusted colleague and come join the best together.
The eligibility list is on a continuous basis and maintained as scores are received from PST with subsequent testing conducted on an as-needed basis.
Salary ranges from $92,112 progressing to $118,843 per year. Salary can be enhanced by education level (4% for and AA, 6% for a BA), physical fitness incentive, specialty assignments (4-6%), longevity, trainer roles, and foreign language fluency ( 3%). Ample overtime opportunities are available for those who want to earn.
The average non-ranking officer/detective salary in 2022 was over $157,000.
WE HAVE A TAKE HOME VEHICLE PROGRAM AS WELL AS A RETIREMENT MEDICAL PROGRAM!
Take Home Car after you complete Field Training (new car, not some junker). You have your car all the time, not just during your work week like some agencies.
LEOFF 2 retirement, deferred compensation program, 4 medical plan options to choose from. 150 hours of sick leave earned annually, 96 hours of vacation earned annually and increasing based on longevity. Employees accrue 12 holidays, 4 of which are bought back by the city at the end of the year. The department provides all equipment and training.
Kent Police Department - Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
If you fail the Physical Ability Test, you may reach out to Sgt. Tung (email@example.com) for feedback, tips and info. He is one of the department's Peer Fitness (Wellness) instructors and trainers, certified in strength and conditioning.
|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||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|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Current Hiring Status||We are actively hiring committed candidates to join our team!|
|Body Decorations||The Kent PD is open to visible tattoos and considerations of hair and religious or customary styling/dress.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider all the scores from the same applicant|
Kent 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.
Kent Police Department - Police Officer
Kent, WA 98032 King County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required
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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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FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
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