Law Enforcement Officer Position

Port Townsend Police Department - Police Officer



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Port Townsend Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on May 10, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 5

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 9,545 citizens 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 Port Townsend Police Department places a high emphasis on community policing. Department staff includes the Police Chief, three sergeants, eleven officers and four civilian support staff. Special assignments include detective and school resource officer.   Working for a small department offers you the benefit of learning all facets of law enforcement in an environment where you know all of your co-workers.

Area Information

County: Jefferson
Population: 9,545
# of Staff: Total City of Port Townsend employment, 130 staff

Hiring Status

Port Townsend Police Department - Police Officer has 5 vacancies.

Port Townsend maintains a Civil Service employment list.   Candidates who pass Public Safety Testing's initial testing process will be invited to complete an employment application and participate in oral board interviews.   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

2021: Entry Level Police Officer starts at $33.02/hour

5 step annual pay system, plus education incentive pay and longevity pay.

Benefit Information

The City of Port Townsend provides a comprehensive benefits package, including:

Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

The City pays 90% of the premium for employee, spouse and dependents up to age 26. This plan is administered by WA Teamsters Welfare Trust Fund.

Life & AD&D Insurance

  • Plan A which provides $30,000 for each Officer and Life of $3,000 for each dependent.

  • Short Term Disability (Time Loss) Plan C which provides benefits of $200 per week for each Officer.

  • Disability Waivers which provide for an additional 9 mos. of contribution waivers under the medical plan.

Deferred Compensation Match Program

A 457(b) program match is offered in which employees may set aside a portion of their earnings on a tax-deferred basis for retirement purposes.

The City provides a 50% match of up to the total of 4% of the officer’s base earnings.

State Pension Plan

Officers are enrolled in the Washington Department of Retirement Systems, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (LEOFF) Pension Plan.

Vacation Leave

  • The City uses a graduated vacation accrual schedule based on completed years of service. Eighty hours of vacation leave is earned after the first full year of service.

Sick Leave

  • Officers accrue 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, beginning the first day of employment.


  • The City recognizes ten holidays and one “floating” holiday each calendar year.

Port Townsend 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 90 days (~3 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 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.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
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 - Police Officer

250 Madison St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368 Jefferson County


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

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