Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ridgefield Police Department - Police Officer



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Ridgefield Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on September 28, 2023
PST Partner Agency since November 21, 2014

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

The Ridgefield Police Department  is now accepting entry-level  applications. This posting will remain open until the positions are filled.

Community Information

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 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.

To learn more about our community watch the latest State of the City video:

Department Information

The Ridgefield Police Department community based law enforcement agency with a budgeted staff of 19 department members. Sworn positions include Chief of Police, one Lieutenant, four Sergeants and 11 officers, with two additional records administrative staff.  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. 

The Officers work four 11-hour consecutive shifts with four days off, with six additional training days annually.  They rotate shifts between day and graveyard every six 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. Our officers also receive college incentive pay and have take home vehicles.

Please visit our website for more information at

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 15,180
# of Staff: 19

Hiring Status

Ridgefield Police Department - Police Officer has 2 vacancies.

The eligibility 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 & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of current vacancies: 1-4

Salary Information

$74,780 to 82,430 ( 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

Retention Bonus

Benefit Information

The City of Ridgefield offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

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 employees, 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

Ongoing, Quality training

Take Home Vehicle

Safe and Supportive Community

Collaborative Team Environment

Drone Program

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) between RPOA and the City, effective January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024:

Ridgefield 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 180 days (~6 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 Correctable to 20/20
College Requirement AA degree preferred but not required.
Veterans Preference Points May use for oral board testing if advancing into backgrounds
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Ridgefield 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic _2__ or more traffic crime convictions in last _3__ years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic A misdemeanor driver's license suspension in the last five years.
Automatic An infraction driver's license suspension in the last three years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last __10year(s).
Automatic Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic An applicant must have no prior conviction for or any general factual equivalent of such violations. That is, any deferred prosecution, stipulated continuance, or other equivalent for: A) Any felony whatsoever. B) Crime of domestic violence as defined by RCW 10.99.020. C) Crime classified as domestic violence in any other state, or tribal court. D) Any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons:
- Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
- Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
- Each termination/discharge will be looked at on an individual basis.
Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Ridgefield Police Department - Police Officer

101 Mill Street, Suite 110
PO Box 546
Ridgefield, WA 98642 Clark County
360-887-3556 ext 0


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

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