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Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on May 16, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Tukwila is just under 10 square miles with a residential population of approximately 20,000 which includes an extremely diverse population with over 80 languages spoken amongst our residents. That daytime population grows to upwards of 150,000+ during the day with visitors and businesses that are open. Located just minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, Tukwila is home to one of the nation's largest retail complexes and the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest. We have a thriving business community that includes 3,000 retail, office, distribution, and heavy and light manufacturing businesses.
The Tukwila Police Department is compromised of a budgeted force of 77 commissioned officers and 19 support staff members and handles an average of 31,000 calls a year for service. The department is led by Chief of Police Eric Drever. We are fortunate to have a supportive command staff and supportive group of elected officials that works with us to make Tukwila safe for everyone. The Tukwila community is also one that is extremely supportive of their police department and actively partners with us for keeping the neighborhoods, schools and businesses safe.
Officer wellness is a priority for us. Patrol officers enjoy a set schedule with the same three days off every week and every other Saturday off to be able to focus on their mental health, families and life outside of work. Officers are also afforded the opportunity to workout on-duty in our state of the art gym in our brand new police station that opened in September of 2020. We promote a family atmosphere throughout all levels of our ranks where officers feel valued and their accomplishments recognized by the department, elected officials and the community.
Upon completion of a 12-month probation, officers are eligible to apply for positions with our Major Crimes Unit (MCU), Tukwila Anti-Crime (TAC) Unit, Traffic Unit, Community Police Team (CPT), School Resource Officer (SRO), Public Information Officer (PIO), Training Coordinator and collateral assignments such as Valley SWAT, Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU), Honor Guard, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) Instructor and more.
Population: 20,000 residents, with a daytime pop. of approx. 150,000 people
# of Staff:
Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer has 6 vacancies.
We are actively hiring to fill current and upcoming vacancies. The eligibility list is a continuous listing, maintained as scores are received from PST, with oral board interviews conducted for top scoring candidates conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "Rule of Three" with the top three candidates interviewed by the Chief of Police for selection and background investigation as vacancies occur.
The City continues to receive test scores.
Current 2022 Pay Scale. All posted wages will go up in 2023 and 2024 based on CPI %
Year 1 $82,704 (Entry Level)
Year 2 $87,072
Year 3 $91,500
Year 4 $95,988
Year 5 $100,800
There are additional pay opportunities via overtime and uniformed off-duty work at $90/hour which is scheduled and run by the Tukwila Police Officers Guild. Most officers make over $100k their first year with us.
Employees are offered a competitive and comprehensive benefits package which includes:
* Medical,Dental and Vision Coverage.
* Life & Disability Insurance.
* LEOFF Retirement System.
* Paid Holiday, Medical Leave and Vacation.
* Master Police Officer Incentive Plan.
* Deferred Compensation Plans with partial city matching contribution.
* Department Provided Uniforms and Equipment.
* Flexible Spending Account - Section 125 Plan.
Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer 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||Valid Washington State Driver's License|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||
Ability to read, write and speak fluent English is required.
Ability to read, write and speak other languages is considered to be an asset.
|Vision Requirements||20/100 in each eye without correction, and corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye.|
|College Requirement||No. College is not required but is considered to be an asset.|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Body Decorations||All applicants are expected to maintain a professional appearance at all times. The Tukwila Police Department has the sole discretion in determining what is considered professional, as it relates to the position the applicant is applying for. Any and all tattoos, branding, voluntary disfigurement, or scarification shall be carefully reviewed by the Department on a case-by-case basis.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Tukwila 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.
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.
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