Law Enforcement Officer Position

Ruston Police Department - Police Officer



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Ruston Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on March 31, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Important Information

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Community Information

Beautiful, historic Puget Sound town adjacent to Point Defiance Park, Zoo, Ferry to Vashon Island, and Ruston Way waterfront. Strong Mayor/Town Council form of government.

Department Information

24/7 coverage. A professional team of officers who work closely with the community and surrounding agencies. Strong community policing philosophy and values driven organization.

Area Information

County: Pierce
Population: 750
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

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: 0

Salary Information

Lateral salary range: $84,807.72 - $90,817.44

Entry level salary: $76,091.11

Benefit Information

Our low-deductible medical plan for employees and spouses paid 100% by the employer.

Department-paid PORAC Defense coverage

Employees are eligible to participate in the WA DRS IRS457 deferred tax supplemental retirement account

All equipment is provided

Generous continuing training policy

Schedule which provides routine 4-5 days off between work weeks

We provide full medical dental and vision for the employee and spouse and we also participate in the LEOFF 2 state retirement system. We also provide paid vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays, and compensatory time. We also have an assigned vehicle program and offer supplemental insurance through Aflac.

Ruston 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
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Prior Experience Requirement Preferred
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

Ruston 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 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 10 years.
Automatic Driving record will be carefully reviewed.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 10 years.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 10 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
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 Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Dishonesty/Theft/False Reporting.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Ruston Police Department - Police Officer

5219 N Shirley
Ruston, WA 98407 Pierce County


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