Law Enforcement Officer Position

Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer



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Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on March 13, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 4

Community Information

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. 

Department Information

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 elected officials and a supportive community 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.

There is no mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement to join our team. 

Area Information

County: King
Population: 20,000 residents, with a daytime pop. of approx. 150,000 people
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer has 4 vacancies.

With upcoming retirements in the spring of 2024, we anticipate having approximately three (3) entry level officer positions that we will be looking to fill at that time. 

Salary Information

Current 2023 Pay Scale. All posted wages will increase in 2024 100% of CPI

Year 1 $90,561 (Entry Level)

Year 2 $95,344

Year 3 $100,193

Year 4 $105,107

Year 5 $110,376

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. You will also have 490 hours of paid time off that can be used or cashed out at 100% of your hourly rate of pay.

Benefit Information

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...
    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 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic Any criminal traffic conviction within the past 5 years. Violation examples include, but are not limited to: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or Hit and Run Driving.
Automatic Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license (for any traffic violations) within 5 years of the date of employment application.
Automatic Any more than two criminal convictions for traffic related offenses.
Drug Usage
Automatic As an adult, convicted of any felony drug crime.
Automatic Marijuana use within 12-months of the date of application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Any excessive use is an automatic disqualifier. 
Automatic Used hallucinogens (includes GHB and ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last 10 years.
Automatic Usage of any other illegal drug, including steroids and prescription abuse, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Automatic Have illegally used 4 or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last 10 years from time of application.
Automatic Have at any time manufactured or cultivated illegal drugs (including marijuana) for the purpose of sale or distribution.
Automatic Have used any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Have ever obtained a prescription under false pretenses.
Automatic Have ever illegally injected amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium.
Automatic Have ever illegally used a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement Agency (including marijuana).
Automatic Have ever sold or distributed illegal drugs, including marijuana.
Automatic Any more than two drug convictions for any of the narcotics listed above.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction on current criminal record at time of application.
Automatic Any juvenile felony conviction within the past five years.
Automatic Conviction of any crime of violence, including domestic violence.
Automatic Commission of any sexual offense within the past ten years.
Automatic Any conviction of a felony crime at any time while employed in any capacity with a Law Enforcement Agency (including volunteer, intern, Explorer and reserve positions).
Automatic Any theft of property or money within the past five years.
Automatic Any conviction for a sex related crime.
Automatic Ever having to register as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status.
Automatic Any conviction for solicitation of prostitution.
Automatic Any misdemeanor convictions for crimes not specifically stated above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Potential Any applicant who maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who are criminals and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current criminal activity.
Potential An applicant’s criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, “Alford” pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
Potential Commission of any crime (non-conviction).
Automatic Any willful failure to pay income tax or court ordered child support is disqualifying.
Automatic A credit check will be conducted regarding your financial history.
Automatic Military Record: Must have been discharged from the Military under honorable conditions. Any discharge other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Automatic Any termination from a full-time or part-time (Reserve/Auxiliary) law enforcement position. 

Contact Information

Tukwila Police Department - Police Officer

15005 Tukwila International Blvd
Tukwila, WA 98188 King County


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