Law Enforcement Officer Position

Spokane Police Department - Police Officer



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Spokane Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on April 21, 2022
PST Partner Agency since December 02, 2016

Vacancies: 30

Important Information

The City of Spokane Police Department is offering FREE testing, on March 18 and 19, 2022! Please sign-up, to participate in this once a year event!

The City of Spokane will update their eligibility list on a continuous basis. Candidates who have sent their PST scores to The City of Spokane will be invited to apply for the Police Officer position.

The City of Spokane will allow applicants to apply with new scores once every 12 months.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please email

Community Information

Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on who you ask but most will tell you it's because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and world class colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow!

The Spokane region is nestled in the stunning Inland Pacific northwest and with four distinct seasons the outdoor actives are limitless! There are 76 lakes within 50 miles of Spokane and 5 ski resorts within 2 hours of the City! We have 86 parks and 7 public golf courses as well as 12 conservation areas within 10 miles of downtown. With an average commute time of 19 minutes Spokane locals spend less time commuting and more time living our lives. Spokane has all the perks of a big city but without many of the big city inconveniences.

Additionally, the Spokane River runs through the center of the city and bisects the magnificent 100 acre Riverfront Park. A grand feature of the river is Spokane Falls, one of the largest urban waterfalls in the United States. Spokane offers the outdoors at its finest befitting the community title of "Near Nature, Near Perfect".

Spokane is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a great place to live and play!

Department Information

The Spokane Police Department works to respond to citizen needs and provide citizens with tools to prevent and report crime. The mission of the Spokane Police Department is to demonstrate excellence in policing by working in partnership with the community we serve to:

• Prevent and reduce crime, the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.

• Enforce laws while safeguarding the constitutional rights of all people.

• Provide high quality police services to all of our residents and visitors through integrity, compassion, and a commitment to innovation.

• Create a work environment in which we recruit, train, and develop an exceptional team of employees.

It is the priority of the Spokane Police Department to respond quickly and professionally to citizen needs. SPD's nearly 290 officers patrol the City of Spokane's 76 square miles and work in the Patrol teams listed above to keep citizens safe.

Area Information

County: Spokane
Population: 227,579
# of Staff: 2,250

Hiring Status

Spokane Police Department - Police Officer has 30 vacancies.

The eligibility list is a continuous listing, which is maintained and refreshed on a quarterly basis as scores are received from PST. Oral board interviews are conducted on an as needed basis. Vacancies are filled by the Civil Service "rule of ten", with the top ten candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur. Once a candidate has passed the test, the candidate will receive an invitation from the City of Spokane, to complete an application form through the City's jobs page ( The City of Spokane will accept applications for a two-week period, following each quarterly refresh date.

Salary Information

Police officer wages and potential increases are currently being negotiated; officers currently earn the following base salaries:

$ 55,645.20 annually year one

$ 63,308.16 annually year two

$ 86,380.56 annually year three

$ 88,092.72 upon completion of five years of service

Benefit Information

• Major medical, including dental and vision insurance at group rates for employees and family

• Pay periods every other week

• New employees’ paid vacation accrues at 5.69 hours per pay period in addition to 40 floating holiday hours provided yearly, totaling a possible 188 paid hours off in the first year

• Sick leave accrues at 6 hours per pay period with no maximum

• The City of Spokane will reimburse all tuition for completion of law enforcement college coursework, including graduate degrees

• The City of Spokane contributes 6.2% into a 529 deferred compensation program with only a 4% match from the employee

• Shift differential pay, up to 2.25% for Fourth Shift Officers

• Education incentives for college degrees and specialty unit pay incentives

• Four patrol shifts working a 10:40 work day: 5 days on, 4 days off, 5 days on, 4 days off, 5 days on, 5 days off

• LEOFF retirement

• All uniforms and equipment provided

Spokane 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 Must be at least 20 years of age at time of application and at least 21 years of age, at time of appointment.
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, by time of application.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony or domestic violence convictions.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
College Requirement No

All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores The City of Spokane will update their eligibility list on a continuous basis. Please apply directly with the City of Spokane once you have received a passing score on the PST written and physical fitness test at

The City of Spokane will allow applicants to apply with new scores once every 12 months.

Spokane 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 Traffic crime conviction for DUI or Reckless Driving in the last 5 years. Two or more DUI convictions within the last 10 years. Diversion or other similar action shall be the same as a conviction.
Automatic Suspension of driver’s license for any cause other than an administrative suspension, within the past 3 years.
Automatic 4 or more moving violations in the past 3 years from separate incidents.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in the past 3 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Any illegal use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance, as an adult, within 5 years prior to application.
Automatic Any drug test of the applicant, during the course of the hiring process, where illegal drugs are detected.
Automatic Use or possession of marijuana as an adult, within one year prior to application for employment.
Automatic Conviction or admission of the illegal use of any controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Manufacture or cultivation of a drug or illegal substance, as an adult.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any felony conviction as an adult.
Automatic Conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statute as an adult.
Automatic Conviction of two or more misdemeanor offenses classified as a misdemeanor under Washington law as an adult within five years of application.
Automatic Conviction of any crime against a child.
Automatic Failing to be truthful or honest, by act or omission, at any stage of the hiring process; including training and certification.
Automatic Dishonorable Discharge or Bad Conduct Discharge from any branch of the US Armed Forces, except for reasons of sexual orientation.
Automatic Discharge for material cause from any position of criminal justice employment.
Automatic Law Enforcement Certification, denied or revoked, for misconduct in this or another state.
Automatic An applicants' credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Contact Information

Spokane Police Department - Police Officer

Civil Service
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201 Spokane County


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

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