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Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral Police Officer
Last updated on September 28, 2023
PST Partner Agency since February 01, 2018
Lateral candidates are not required to test through PST. Lateral candidates must enter their name on the lateral list for our department and complete the Personal History Statement (PHS) on the PST site.
Qualified lateral applicants are eligible for a $20,000 hiring bonus as outlined below:
- $5000 - first paycheck following successful completion of field training.
- $10,000 - first paycheck following successful completion of probation period
- $ 5,000 - first paycheck following successful completion of two-year anniversary
To be considered a Lateral with the City of Ridgefield, you must:
- Have successfully completed the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or be a graduate of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy or equivalent, as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
- Have 12 months or more active law enforcement as a commissioned, full time, general authority law enforcement officer with a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency and
- Not have been separated from law enforcement for more than 24 months, but less than 60 months.
Names will be pulled from the lateral hiring list as needed. The applicant can expect an email with further information on oral boards or Chief Interview. Invitations to participate in the oral board process will be on a first come, first served basis.
Ridgefield is located in northwest Clark County, Washington along the Interstate 5 corridor, 17 miles from the Portland international Airport. Washington State University-Vancouver, and Clark College are located within 20 minutes.
Ridgefield offers the best of life in a small, safe and supportive community while being in close proximity to the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
Located between the Pacific Coast and and the Cascade Mountains, Ridgefield boasts easy access to parks, lakes, rivers and forested areas symbolic of the Pacific Northwest.
Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, the ski slopes of Mt. Hood, and the Washington and Oregon coasts are all within an easy 90-minute drive.
With a city population of 15, 180 and 23,000 total outlying population, the community has unique offerings from our local merchants, artisans, wineries and companies supporting commerce and industry throughout the Northwest and beyond.
The Ridgefield Police Department is a community-centered law enforcement agency with a budgeted staff of 19 department members. Sworn positions include Chief of Police, one Lieutenant, four Sergeants and 11 patrol officers. There is also two administrative records positions. Calls for emergency service are dispatched to officers in the field by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) over an 800 MHZ radio system.
Officers work four 11-hour shifts with four days off, including six additional training days annually. They rotate shifts between day and graveyard every 6 months.
The department is fortunate to experience a good working relationship with residents and the local business community, and continues to further strengthen those relationships through the implementation of neighborhood programs and community partnerships.
Please visit our website for more information at https://ridgefieldwa.us/256/Ridgefield-Police
# of Staff: 19
Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 2 vacancies.
The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained by 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 & selection as vacancies occur.
Salary Range $82,430 - $95,409 (2023 Annual Base Salary)
5% Instructor Pay
Specialty, Shift Differential and Longevity Pay
Annual Step increases of 5%
College Incentive Pay: 2% Associate, 4% Bachelors
**$20,000 lateral hiring bonus for eligible candidates**
The City of Ridgefield offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:
$20,000 lateral hiring bonus for eligible candidates
Medical - for employees and eligible family members and domestic partners. 100% Employer paid premium for Employee. 90% Employer paid premium for eligible Family.
Dental, vision and employee assistance program for employers, family, and domestic partners.
Paid Leave: 88 hours vacation per year, accrue 11 hours sick leave per month, 12 paid holidays.
$750 Fitness Bonus
DRS Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) Retirement
Group Life Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, two-times base salary
Long-term Disability Policy
Take Home Vehicle
Safe and Supportive Community
Collaborative Team Environment
View the full 2023 Benefits Package:
The Ridgefield Police Officers' Association (RPOA) represents the law enforcement officers. View the current labor agreement between RPOA and the City (PDF), effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024:
Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
No, not required
Must complete a Personal History Statement from PST.
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
No, not required (may be required later)
|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||Correctable to 20/20|
|College Requirement||AA degree preferred but not required.|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Yes|
|Prior Experience Requirement||must have a minimum of 1 year experience as a commissioned, full time, general authority law enforcement officer with a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency. However, if there has been a break in full-time law enforcment employment of twenty-four (24) months but less than 60 months, the applicant shall be ineligible for lateral entry. WAC 139-05-210|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider all the scores from the same applicant|
Ridgefield 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.
Ridgefield Police Department - Lateral Police Officer
PO Box 546
Ridgefield, WA 98642 Clark County
360-887-3556 ext 0
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)
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