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Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on June 01, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Applicants are ranked based on their Public Safety Testing (PST) written exam score and may be invited to interview with the Kirkland Police Department. An applicant must also pass the physical fitness ability test as administered by PST or the agency prior to being considered for background, if invited to continue in the hiring process following a successful interview.
If invited to interview, a weighted final score for the eligibility list will be based on PST's written exam (40%), and the interview score from Kirkland PD (60%). A final score of 70% is considered a passing score to be placed on the Entry Level Officer eligibility list for a period of 12 months.
The Kirkland Police Department is now offering a $16,000 hiring bonus to qualified lateral applicants.
Lateral candidates interested in applying to the Kirkland Police Department do not need to test with Public Safety Testing. Lateral applicants will need to fill out a city application. Once an application is completed, you will be contacted by the Kirkland Police Department to schedule an interview.
Lateral applicants can go to Government Jobs: Kirkland Police Officer - Experienced (Lateral)
The City of Kirkland is home to more than 92,000 people on the northeastern shores of Lake Washington. Kirkland enjoys stunning views of a vibrant waterfront, the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. Just ten miles east of downtown Seattle, Kirkland provides easy access to urban hotspots like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and pro sports stadiums while maintaining a charming, suburban atmosphere.
Kirkland’s prime eastside location is also a gateway to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest including: 1,000 feet of shoreline at its own Juanita Beach Park, horseback riding at neighboring Bridle Trails State Park, and a plethora of hiking trails and campgrounds in the surrounding Mount Rainier and Olympic National parks. For skiers, snowboarders and winter sports lovers, Kirkland is just a short drive away from some of the best ski resorts in the region including Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and the Summit at Snoqualmie.
The mission of the Kirkland Police Department is to protect and serve our community with honor, integrity and courage. Kirkland is a wonderful place to work, live and play. Come join us!
THE CITY OF KIRKLAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Kirkland Police Department has 155 employees when fully staffed, including 110 commissioned officers and 45 support personnel.
There are 3 divisions within the police department; Operations, Professional Standards, and Administrative.
The Operations Division consists of Uniform Patrol, Traffic and K-9.
The Professional Standards Division is separated into two Sections: Professional Standards and Investigations. Professionals Standards oversees all department training, training cadres, Honor Guard, and the departments Lexipol Policy Manual, Risk Management, and the Community Service Unit, including School Resource Officers, Neighborhood Resource Officers, a Mental Health Professional and our Animal Control Officer. Investigations includes Detectives, the Pro-Act Unit, Family Violence Unit, Family/Youth Advocate and Police Analysts.
The Administrative Division includes the Records Unit, Property/Evidence Unit, and Corrections. The Administrative Division is responsible for Police Technology, Facilities, Vehicles, Hiring, Promotional Testing and Equipment
In addition to primary assignments, the department has many opportunities for officers to become certified instructors in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Firearms, Police Training, and Less Lethal weapons. Officers also have opportunities to work with outside agencies in Task Force Assignments and Regional Groups. Officers are provided and supported in multiple career and development opportunities.
Kirkland Police Department is a state accredited agency.
# of Staff: 155
Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer has 7 vacancies.
The eligibility list is a continuous listing of scores received from 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.
There are currently 6-8 vacancies for Commissioned Police Officer. The department is testing continuously in order to maintain and up to date list in order to quickly fill vacancies that are anticipated in the near future due to planned retirements.
$16,000 Hiring Bonus for Lateral applicants.
Lateral applicants can apply at Government Jobs: Kirkland Police Officer - Experienced (Lateral)
2022 rates: $6,688 (entry level officer) to $8,720 (top step officer) per month plus available incentives:
The City pays the full cost of Medical, Dental, Vision coverage (2 medical plans to choose from) for officers and dependents.
Retirees can purchase health insurance for themselves and dependents through the City's plan or Kaiser Permanente at a retiree rate
Accidental Death and Disability Insurance
12 Paid Holidays Each Year
104-192 Hours of Paid Vacation Per Year Depending On Years of Service
Holiday Time "cash out"
Comp Time "cash out"
Retirement Programs- LEOFF II, MEBT (401K with matching contributions and 457 tax deferred investment options)
Flexible Medical Spending and Retirement
All uniforms and equipment provided by department
Uniform cleaning provided
Off duty uniformed employment available
Kirkland 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 WA driver's license or ability to get one once having been a WA resident for 30 days,|
|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|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Certification from State of Washington Basic Law Enforcement Academy within the last 6 months is preferred, although not a requirement.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Kirkland 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.
Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer
Kirkland, WA 98034 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.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
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.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the June 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.).
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Law Enforcement & Corrections Written and Physical Ability Test
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