Law Enforcement Officer Position

Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer



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Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on February 27, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 10

Important Information

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.

Lateral Candidates

The Kirkland Police Department is now offering a $25,000 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)

Community Information

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!


Department Information

Kirkland Police Department has 157 employees when fully staffed, including 112 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.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 92,175
# of Staff: 155

Hiring Status

Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer has 10 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 6-9 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.

$25,000 Hiring Bonus for Lateral applicants. 

Lateral applicants can apply at Government Jobs: Kirkland Police Officer - Experienced (Lateral)

Salary Information

2023 rates:  $7,406 (entry level officer) to $9,656 (top step officer) per month plus available incentives:

Take home electric vehicle (EV) for commuting purposes,

AA Degree 2%, BA / BS 4%, Graduate Degree 4.5%, Physical Fitness Incentive 1%, Accreditation 1%, Night Shift 1%, Longevity 2.5% to 9% and Specialty Pay Incentive for certain assignments.

Benefit Information

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

Life Insurance

Accidental Death and Disability Insurance

Take home Electric Vehicle for commuting

13 Paid Holidays Each Year

104-202 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

Medical accounts

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...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 180 days (~6 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 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Potential Applicant's driving record will be carefully reviewed.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Potential All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Sold drugs.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
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.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of any (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Automatic Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed
Automatic Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.

Contact Information

Kirkland Police Department - Police Officer

11750 NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034 King County


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

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