Law Enforcement Officer Position

Kent Police Department - Police Officer



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Kent Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on November 08, 2021
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 13

Important Information

Passing candidates are advised to respond quickly to correspondence from our Chief Examiner and to keep an eye on their emails for the application invitation!  We are dedicated to hiring 13 new officers by the end of the year!  Our hiring process is very fast-paced and we are offering a guaranteed training incentive for all new hires in 2021. Contact Recruiting Officer Wayne Graff for additional details at (253) 856-5830 or email him at Check us out on Facebook at or visit our website,

Community Information

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.

Department Information

The Kent Police Department is a full service municipal department, consisting of three divisions; Patrol, Support Services/Investigations, and Corrections. We offer a wide variety of law enforcement assignments within the Patrol division including K9, bicycle patrol and marine services, field training, riot team, SWAT and hostage negotiations, and traffic enforcement positions. Support Services/Investigations include detectives, crime prevention/community education, recruiting, crime scene investigators, evidence and records units, a staffed training center and indoor firearms range, additional civilian positions and the City of Kent Corrections Facility (city jail). 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, with days off rotating every 6 weeks. Officers bid for shifts on a semi-annual basis. 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, 165 commissioned positions and 52 civilian positions.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 132000
# of Staff: 165

Hiring Status

Kent Police Department - Police Officer has 13 vacancies.

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. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of seven" with the top seven candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 13 hires by the end of 2021!

Salary Information

Salary ranges from $83,288 progressing to $108,433 per year (as of October 2021). Salary can be enhanced by education level (3% for and AA, 5% for a BA), physical fitness incentive, assignments (4-6%), longevity, and foreign language fluency($100-3%).

Benefit Information

WE HAVE A TAKE HOME VEHICLE PROGRAM AS WELL AS A RETIREMENT MEDICAL PROGRAM! 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...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
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 None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
Veterans Preference Points Yes
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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic Currently prohibited from driving a vehicle by virtue of a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Washington or any other state.
Automatic Candidate must be insurable according to City's insurance carrier standards.
Potential The Driver Evaluation Point System is a point system to determine if current employees or potential new employees are eligible to operate a motor vehicle within the scope of their employment, based on their driving history. Compare the moving violations listed on your driver's abstract (a five year record review is recommended) to this rating guide. Please follow the link below to review the Driver Evaluation Point System:
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If your driving record is under 5 points, continue the application.
Questions should be directed to the Civil Service Office (253) 856-4320.
Automatic Your driving record is 5 points or greater. Questions should be directed to the Civil Service Office (253-856-5280).
Drug Usage
Automatic Possessed any of the following in the last year other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Anabolic steroids without a prescription; (b) Club drugs, including Ketamine, GHB, MDMA, Ecstasy; or (c) Aerosols for the purpose of inhaling including paint (for huffing), nitrous oxide (for whippits), or KHAT.
Automatic Possessed any of the following in the last three years other than within the scope of your employment: (a) Methamphetamine; (b) Cocaine in any form; (c) Heroin; or (d) Hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD, PCP, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote.
Automatic Ever used illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency.
Automatic Participation in the manufacture of illegal drugs within the past 10 years.
Automatic Participation in the delivery or sale of illegal drugs within the past 10 years outside of your official duties with a law enforcement agency.
Potential Illegal drug use, in any form, will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any felony conviction in Washington or in any other state.
Automatic Any conviction for a federal criminal offense.
Automatic Any conviction of a crime under a domestic violence statute that has resulted in your inability to possess a firearm.
Automatic Any requirement to ever register as a sex offender.
Automatic Any conviction for driving under the influence, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit and run within the last 5 years.
Automatic Any conviction for a misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude, including crimes involving, fraud, dishonesty, or cheating of any sort.
Automatic Any conviction for a misdemeanor crime involving the use of violence.
Automatic Any prohibition, by any law, from possessing a firearm.
Automatic Ever used the internet as an adult (18 years of age or older) to intentionally search for and access images or videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct outside of an official duty as a law enforcement officer or in the course of prosecuting or representing a person charged with such offense.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Ever had a certification as a law enforcement officer revoked or denied by any government agency.
Automatic Ever been found, by an employing law enforcement agency, to have committed an act of dishonesty.
Automatic Ever made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment, or has an employer or prospective employer determined that you made any material false statement or engaged in fraud or dishonesty of any sort during any application process for any employment.
Automatic Ever been fired or terminated from a position with a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency.
Automatic Ever received a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military.
Potential Current credit accounts or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Kent Police Department - Police Officer

220 4th Avenue S
Kent, WA 98032 King County


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

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