Law Enforcement Officer Position

Pasco Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Pasco Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on July 29, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 7

Community Information

The City of Pasco is located at the confluence of the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers and is, therefore, a gateway to the agriculturally rich Columbia Basin. Pasco enjoys great weather, with nearly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This wonderful weather, combined with the area's waterways enables residents and visitors to enjoy many outdoor activities from water sports, golf, and wine touring to outdoor theater and hiking.

Department Information

The City of Pasco continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Washington State. Pasco has experienced rapid residential growth in the 21st century, growing from a population of 32,066 in the year 2000 to an estimated population of 75,290 in 2019. With the rapid growth, the Police Department strives to provide unparalleled service. This is accomplished by following a community policing philosophy that is based on partnerships with the community to provide a safer and better quality of life while reducing the fear of crime. Officers work closely with citizens to build on those partnerships as well as to develop and maintain the highest level of trust.

The Police Department's staff of 80 commissioned officers and 9 support staff are responsible for police services to over 36 square miles. We have specialty assignments that include Detective, Canine, School Resource Officer, SWAT, Street Crimes Unit and Drug Task Force officers.

The department offers non-traditional work schedules such as, patrol with a 10 hour 40 minute workday (average 15 days per month) and detective schedule of 4-10 hour days per week. As well as many opportunities for specialized training and career development as instructors, DRE's and promotional opportunities. We provide state of the art equipment with advanced technology.

Area Information

County: Franklin
Population: 75,000
# of Staff: 81

Hiring Status

Pasco Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 7 vacancies.

The candidate list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

$39.02/hour entry level - $47.43/hour top Step (years of service considered when determining new hire lateral Police Officer pay)

Bilingual incentive pay: 5%

Education incentive AA: 3%

Education incentive BA: 6%

*Additional certification pay can be obtained on specialty assignments

Benefit Information

Full benefits summary:  PPOA (U) - Benefits Summary

The City offers a full benefits package with affordable options for full family coverage for medical, dental, vision and life insurance. The City also offers many other perks including:

· 12 days of vacation during the 1st year of employment and 12 days of sick leave

· 10 holidays, plus each employee receives 1 floating holiday each year

· Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), which offers a guaranteed monthly benefit upon retirement once vesting criteria has been met

· In addition to DRS, employees may also contribute to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

· Other benefits offered: Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance, Flexible Spending Plan, Long-Term Disability, Aflac and Flexible Schedule (per department approval)

Pasco Police Department - Lateral 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)
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
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification

Required. Washington Academy or equivalent. Please apply as an Entry Level if you do not possess a current BLEA certification or equivalant. 

Prior Experience Requirement

Current Peace Officer Certification (WA state BLEA or equivalent) required. 

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Pasco Police Department - Lateral 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 the last 5 years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Potential Applicant's driving record and history will be carefully reviewed.
Drug Usage
Potential Possessed any of the following in the last five 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, and peyote.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication or pattern of use of controlled substance(s)
Potential All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any gross-misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity..
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Sale of drugs (legal &/or illegal controlled substances)
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed
Potential Juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed
Automatic Dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Untruthfulness during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsification on the 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.
Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Impeachment disclosure list (Brady list)

Contact Information

Pasco Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

PO Box 293
Pasco, WA 99301 Franklin County


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

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