Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ketchikan Police Department - Police Officer



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Ketchikan Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on August 03, 2022
PST Partner Agency since February 03, 2021

Vacancies: 3

Important Information

To apply for the Ketchikan Police Department, simply register on this website by selecting any testing date & location in order to complete the written test and physical fitness test. If the location you select only offers the written test, you will still need to complete and pass the fitness test in order to continue in our recruitment process. (More info on that below in the 'Remote Testing Allowed' section.) After the written test is completed, the Ketchikan Police Department will contact you and assist in arranging for the fitness test.

Local candidates can schedule a PAT by appointment directly with the Ketchikan Police Department.

The Ketchikan Police Department holds multiple testing and hiring cycles and the positions remain open until filled.

After testing, the candidates participate in an oral board interview with Ketchikan Police Department staff prior to entering the background investigation phase. At the conclusion of the background investigation, conditional job offers are extended and candidates then complete the hiring process by passing a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA), a Psychological Examination, and a Medical Examination.

LATERAL candidates: Do you already have at least one year of law enforcement experience, or have you received police certification in another state? If so, you may qualify as a lateral applicant and need only to submit an application form to the City of Ketchikan at:

**The PST Personal History Statement (PHS) is not required if the Ketchikan Police Department is the only agency you are testing for.

Community Information

Ketchikan is Alaska’s First City – The Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is situated on the southern portion of the Southeast Alaska Panhandle in the Tongass National Forest. Having a population of approximately 14,000 residents, Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island approximately 679 air miles north of Seattle, Washington, and is accessible only by air or boat. Our climate is mild; we have world-class fishing, hunting, boating and scenery; we're small enough to be friendly and big enough to have a Wal-Mart.

Ketchikan is a community that offers many of the services of a much larger city. There are medical facilities to accommodate most patient needs, and the community has a thriving arts sector, with many world-renowned artists. With jet service several times a day, every day things that cannot be found locally can be ordered and shipped quickly.

To learn more about Ketchikan visit:

Department Information

The Ketchikan Police Department consists of 26 sworn police officers, 9 dispatchers, and two civilian staff.  The Administration Division consists of the Chief, Deputy Chief, Lieutenant, Dispatch Supervisor, and the Administrative Assistant.  The Patrol Division consists of four 12 hour shifts, each with three officers and run by a patrol Sergeant, all of which are supervised by the Deputy Chief.  The Investigations Division consists of a Sergeant, two Detectives, a Narcotics Detective affiliated with the HIDTA Task Force, and a School Resource Officer.  That division is supervised by the Lieutenant.  The Dispatch Division consists of nine Dispatchers working 12 hour shifts and supervised by the Dispatch Supervisor.

Area Information

Population: 14,000
# of Staff: 26 Sworn Officers

Hiring Status

Ketchikan Police Department - Police Officer has 3 vacancies.

Number of Current Vacancies: 3 sworn positions; once all open positions have been filled, an eligibility list will be established.

Salary Information

$28.95-$33.59/ DOQ.

Opportunity for regular wage increases.

Associate's Degree or Intermediate Police Certificate adds 4.5% to the hourly wage.

A Bachelor's Degree or an Advanced Police Certificate adds 7.0% to the hourly wage.

Shift Differential of 8% on the hourly wage for night shift hours.

Officers can also achieve Fit for Duty pay incentives.

Benefit Information

Non-Administrative staff belong to the Public Safety Employee Association (PSEA) (, their collective bargaining unit. PSEA also provides Health Benefits through their affiliation with ASEA/AFSCME Local 52. details of which can be found at:

Retirement Credit provided through the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

No state income tax.

Paid Sick Leave benefits accrue at 8 hours per month.

Paid Annual Leave benefits accrue according to the following table:

1st year - 96 hours

2nd year - 120 hours

3rd - 4th years - 152 hours

5th - 9th years - 192 hours

10th - 15th years - 240 hours

16th year and after - 248 hours

Ketchikan Police Department - Police Officer 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)

The PAT test is not required immediately but will be required before hiring.

Candidates that are identified and moved forward in the process will then be required to complete a PAT with Public Safety Testing.

Local candidates can schedule a PAT by appointment directly with the Ketchikan Police Department.

The PAT requirements are as follows:

1.5 mile run in 15:12

Push ups to failure (not timed): 25

Sit ups in 60 seconds: 27

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 No adult felony convictions at any time.
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
College Requirement Pay incentive for Associate's and Bachelor's Degree
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Pay incentive for lateral transfers
Prior Experience Requirement No
Reserve Officer Certification Preference Points No
Veterans Preference Points No
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Ketchikan 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

Convicted of two or more DWI offenses by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, or another state or territory, or by a military court during the 10 years immediately before the date of hire.

Drug Usage

Has illegally manufactured, transported, or sold a controlled substance, unless the person was under the age of 21 at the time of the act and the act occurred more than 10 years before the date of hire.


Since turning 21 has used an illegal controlled substance other than marijuana, even once, within five years of the date of hire.


Within one year before the date of hire, has used marijuana, unless the person was under the age of 21 at the time of using marijuana.

Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.

Juvenile felony convictions will reviewed on a case by case basis.


Has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, or another state or territory, or by a military court.


Has been convicted during the ten years immediately before the date of this application of a misdemeanor crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude, or a misdemeanor crime that resulted in serious physical injury to another person by any of the courts mentioned above.

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.

Contact Information

Ketchikan Police Department - Police Officer

361 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901


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

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