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Richland Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on January 18, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
The City of Richland maintains an ongoing and merging certification list for Police Officer positions.
In order to be eligible to participate in the City's application screening process, applicants should first complete the initial testing (written exam and PAT) and complete the online Personal History Statement (PHS) with Public Safety Testing (PST). Scores from the PST eligibility list are good for one (1) year from the date of PST testing.
Once the PST testing process, including the PHS are completed, we encourage eligible candidates to visit the City's website and apply online by clicking on the following link: https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/departments/administrative-services/human-resources/job-opportunities.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure their online City application is current and complete. Applicants are required to attach a resume to their City application. A cover letter is strongly encouraged.
Richland is located in sunny eastern Washington at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers. The community offers an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and top-ranked city services that contributes to the high quality of life that its residents treasure. Skiers and hikers don't have to go far to pursue their favorite sports. The Blue Mountains and the Cascade Range are short drives away and offer spectacular venues. Richland is ideally suited to boating and water skiing. Strong breezes have added to the popularity of sail boarding, wind surfing, and conventional sailing. The City receives wide recognition for the beauty of its integrated parks, river shore, commerce centers, and living spaces. Richland is a full-service municipality serving a resident population of more than 56,850. Originally incorporated as a small farming community, Richland now focuses on energy research, environmental remediation, and technology. With a significant concentration of scientists, engineers, technicians and researchers, Richland's population has relatively high income and education levels. Benton County ranks third in the state in median family income. The municipal government employs nearly 500 people to deliver $135 million in annual services. Like its neighboring cities, Richland delivers a variety of public safety, street maintenance, basic utility, and recreational services. The City is also an electric distribution utility, operates its own public library, and administers a regional emergency management and 911-dispatch center.
The Richland Police Department is a community oriented law enforcement agency that maintains a close working relationship with the citizens they serve. The Department consists of 68 commissioned officers and 18 non-commissioned professional staff. The Department structure includes four Bureaus, each commanded by a Captain. The Operations Bureau consists of four patrol squads, Street Crimes Unit (SCU), Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) and our Crime Analyst. The patrol officers work a 12-hour shift schedule. The Investigations Bureau includes the Detectives Section, School Resource Officers (SRO), Evidence as well as commanding and supervising the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (SER ICAC) task force. The Administrative Services Bureau includes Training, Professional Standards, Accreditation, Community Services, Code Enforcement, Records sections and Quartermaster. The City of Richland also manages Benton County Emergency Services which is home to Southeast Communications Center and Benton County Emergency Management. The department also serves the region with a Bomb Squad, participates in the regional SWAT team, regional Drug Task Force and Violent Gang Task Force.
# of Staff: 85.5
Richland Police Department - Police Officer has 9 vacancies.
As of 1/11/2022, we are actively accepting lateral, exceptional entry level, and entry-level applications for the Police Officer position, and will be holding oral boards on a regular basis until all position vacancies are filled.
Please visit the City's website at www.ci.richland.wa.us to review the current Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement for salary information.
Please visit the City's website at www.ci.richland.wa.us to review the current Police Guild Collective Bargaining Agreement for benefit information.
Richland 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.
|Minimum Age||Twenty-one (21) years of age at time of application.|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||High school diploma or equivalent.|
|Driver's License Required||Valid Washington State driver’s license upon hire date.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Obtain a Basic Law Enforcement School Certificate issued by the State of Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission (Out of state candidates, who have previously certified in another state, must pass the CJTC equivalency examination) within six (6) months of hire date.|
|Prior Experience Requirement||Those applicants with two (2) years or more experience as a full-time Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer are encouraged to contact the City of Richland directly.|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Richland 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.
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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