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Tacoma Police Department - Police Officer Recruit
Last updated on August 30, 2023
PST Partner Agency since June 21, 2022
Testing Deadline: December 19, 2023.
The City of Tacoma will pay applicant test fees for both the written exam and physical ability test (PAT) ONLY for those exams as follows:
- In-person written exam administered at a PST test site throughout the Pacific Northwest
- Virtual written exam administered via PST’s online in-home testing program
- In-person physical ability test (PAT) administered at a PST test site throughout the Pacific Northwest
- Virtual physical ability test (V-PAT)via PST’s V-PAT in-home testing
- If you passed the LEO written exam and PAT within the past six months, you may add Tacoma PD under certain conditions. Check your PST account under “New Positions”.
- NOTE: if you are only interested in applying and sending scores to Tacoma, you do not need to complete PST's Personal History Questionnaire (PHS). Tacoma has a separate PHS.
The City of Tacoma will NOT pay the following fees (you are responsible for these if you choose them)
- Any other agency besides Tacoma PD
- Test rescheduling fees
- Test cancellation fees
- PAT at an Anytime Fitness facility
- Additional test administration fees related to testing at an authorized test center
- Any other additional costs besides those described above.
The next step in the process is to complete a City of Tacoma application. Please visit www.cityoftacoma.org/jobs and complete the application for the Police Officer Recruit (Entry Level) position. This will allow us to properly receive your scores and advance your information to our hiring team. NOTE: If you have already applied on the current recruitment effective July 3, 2023, you do not need to apply again.
Birthplace of world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma is home to a vibrant, creative community of writers, artists and musicians, photographers, filmmakers, passionate entrepreneurs and business owners.
Tacoma is experiencing unprecedented growth.
With more than $1 billion being invested in downtown Tacoma alone, private investment has surpassed public investment by a nearly 4:1 ratio.
Urbanites are drawn to downtown Tacoma for its competitively priced living spaces with sweeping mountain, city and water views, while families gravitate toward Tacoma's charming neighborhoods with big city amenities.
A haven for hikers, runners and cyclists, Tacoma is alive with activity from students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, local trade and technical colleges, and nearby Pacific Lutheran University.
Tacoma's gourmands and culinary connoisseurs have cultivated a scene for foodies that’s made national press, while its world renowned museums, top-notch meeting and convention spaces, and huge headliner concerts have drawn visitors from across the globe.
Just 20 minutes away from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and easily accessible from downtown Seattle and other neighboring cities, Tacoma is a city on the rise.
About the Tacoma Police Department
In 1874, a small village on the shore of Commencement Bay incorporated as the City of Tacoma and appointed its first town marshal. Since then, we have grown to serve over 219,000 residents as an agency committed to community-oriented policing, relationship-building and reducing crime through effective partnerships. Our department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which only 2 percent of agencies nationwide hold. The accreditation assures our policies and procedures, management, operations and support services meet the highest standards of contemporary law enforcement.
Our Mission Statement
To create a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and visit by working together with the community, enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner, preserving the peace and order in our neighborhoods, and safeguarding our Constitutional guarantees.
- Act with Integrity
- Respect for Our Employees and Citizens
- Service to Our Community
- Accountability for Our Actions and Results
- Team for the Common Good
- Innovate to Better Serve
- Reverence for the Law
# of Staff: 366
Tacoma Police Department - Police Officer Recruit has 24 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 19, 2023.
For more information about the Tacoma Police Department and a detailed overview of our hiring process please visit reflectandprotect.org.
The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Police Department are proud to provide its officers with competitive compensation packages to include incentive pay and rate applications, longevity and additional pay/reimbursements.
NEW OFFICER BASE PAY
- New Recruit 0-6 months: $39.88/hr
- Commissioned 7-9 months : $45.53/hr
- Commissioned 10+ months: $47.74/hr
- LEOFF II Dis./Ret. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1%
- TPD Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2%
- Bi-Lingual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2%
- Education or Military . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2%
- Swing Shift Differential . . . . . . . . . . . +3%
- CJTC Training Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . +3%
- Night Shift Differential . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- SWAT Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Lab Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Search & Rescue Team . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Motorcycle Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Bomb Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- K-9 Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Police Patrol Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- Police Training Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . +5%
- 5–9 years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2%
- 10–14 years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +4%
- 15–19 years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +6%
- 20+ years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +8%
- 25+ years (mentor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . +10%
Additional Pay & Benefits
- Clothing & Uniform Allowance ($690/year)
- Shooting Pay ($120/year)
- Deferred Compensation Plan ($211/pay period)*
*The City of Tacoma matches up to $211 per paycheck. For instance, if you contribute $100 per paycheck, the City will match $100 per paycheck. If you contribute $300 per paycheck, the City will contribute $211 per paycheck.
Tacoma offers medical plan options for Police Officers, spouse/domestic partner*, and children up to age 26 with low premium costs.
Tacoma offers dental plan options for Police Officers, spouse/domestic partner*, and children up to age 26 with no premium cost.
Tacoma offers vision plan coverage based on your health plan election for Police Officers, spouse/domestic partner*, and children up to age 26. There is no employee cost for vision coverage.
Tacoma Police Officers have access to a part-time psychologist and peer support network. In addition, the City of Tacoma offers a robust Wellness Program that provides education, motivation, and tools to improve well-being and to earn incentives such as a premium credit to reduce the cost employees pay for their health insurance coverage.
*Domestic Partnerships must be registered with or recognized by the state of Washington
Tacoma Police Department - Police Officer Recruit 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.
|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||Adult felony convictions whether in Washington or any other state shall be disqualifying.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Juvenile felony convictions whether in Washington or any other state (within 60 months) shall be disqualifying.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Correctable to 20/20|
|Current Hiring Status||
TPD is actively hiring people of quality and courage, people from every walk of life and background, people committed to the ideal of community protection. Come join our team!
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Tacoma Police Department - Police Officer Recruit 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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