Law Enforcement Officer Position

Port Townsend Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



The information herein is provided by the respective agency and is only as accurate and as up-to-date as the agency representative(s) update this information. PST is not responsible for the veracity of this data as it is provided directly from the agency. It is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to verify any information about the agency with the agency.

Port Townsend Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on June 18, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Must complete a City of Port Townsend online employment Application - To apply:

For more information contact Human Resources: 

Community Information

Port Townsend is a historic seaport community on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington, two hours from Seattle by car and ferry. The town's 10,330 residents enjoy spectacular views of the water and mountains. Port Townsend's natural beauty and access to nearby Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center, Olympic National Park, beaches and rain forests attract over a million visitors each year. Residents and visitors enjoy a small-town atmosphere and numerous cultural opportunities.

Department Information

The department handles approximately 10,000 calls for service each year. Between incidents, officers enjoy time to pursue special projects, manage professional growth, and interact with residents, business owners and visitors. The department's 16 commissioned officers and 4 support staff members maintain strong partnerships with area law enforcement agencies, fire departments, hospital staff, and mental health officials.

Area Information

County: Jefferson
Population: 10,330
# of Staff: 100+ total City employees

Hiring Status

Port Townsend Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

Port Townsend maintains a Civil Service employment list. 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


Base pay: $39.15-44.93 per hour (five-step system)

Total compensation range: $39.15-51.93 per hour (including maximum potential longevity, educational incentive, and specialty pay)

This position may be eligible for the additional compensation listed below. Details can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

  • Longevity pay on a graduated schedule starting at 1% after 2 years up to 9% after 20 years
  • Educational incentive: 3% for Associate's degree; 5% for Bachelor's degree
  • Overtime pay
  • Compensatory time
  • Holiday pay (if scheduled or called in on a holiday)
  • Specialty pay of 1% for assignments such as detective or Field Training Officer
  • Jury duty pay at regular rate during service
  • Call-back pay
  • Plain clothes assignment and laundry allowance, when assigned by Chief

* Teamsters initiation fee is $100 and monthly dues are 2.25 of hourly wage x the base hourly rate rounded to the nearest dollar. Officers also pay a $10/month membership fee to WA Council of Police & Sheriffs.

**Officers may be required to work on holidays.

Benefit Information


  • WA State LEOFF pension plan
  • Optional 457 Deferred Comp with 50% match of up to 4% base earnings
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance through WA Teamsters Welfare Trust Fund *
  • Time loss/short-term disability insurance
  • Life & AD&D insurance
  • Retirees' Welfare Trust funded by employee
  • Sick leave (earns 1 day per month)
  • May be eligible for sick leave conversion annually
  • Vacation (graduated accrual schedule starts at 8 hours per month)
  • 12 paid holidays (accrued at 10 hours per month) **
  • Up to 5 days of bereavement leave, if applicable
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Port Townsend Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required

To apply, please complete an online application:

LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship 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 Must be able to perform all essential job functions.
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Graduation from a basic law enforcement training academy as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Prior Experience Requirement

Must have successfully completed field training and passed probation as a fulltime, active, sworn municipal, county, or state law enforcement officer and may not have been separated from law enforcement for more than 60 months at the time of hire.

Veterans Preference Points Yes
Other Current first aid card at time of hire.
No convictions for misdemeanors involving moral turpitude.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Contact Information

Port Townsend Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

250 Madison St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368 Jefferson County


Other Port Townsend Police Department positions

Police Officer
Academy Certified Police Officer