Law Enforcement Officer Position

Vancouver Police Department - Police Officer



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Vancouver Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on August 04, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 27

Important Information

We are now offering a $10,000 Entry Level bonus and a $25,000 Lateral bonus as of January 2022. 

Our department also offers some of the highest vacation rates in the state and a schedule that allows for 4 and 5 day weekends. 

If you have questions, please contact Sergeant Savage at

Community Information

The City of Vancouver, Washington is located in the southwestern part of the state, on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of approximately 194,000+ residents and encompasses just over 51 square miles. Vancouver, the fourth largest city in Washington, combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with the appeal of a mid-sized community and abundant recreational opportunities. Downtown Portland, Oregon is a 15 minute drive. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west; the Columbia River Gorge scenic area as well as the Cascade Mountain Range are just to the east; Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mount Hood (climbing and skiing) are both less than two hours away.  Infill and growth along Vancouver's waterfront development is expected to increase the downtown core population by 8000 people between 2021 and 2023.  Additional growth is adding housing and commercial infill in the city's East Precinct.  Planned growth to the north of our city limits are expected to grow Vancouver to 300,000+ residents in the next 10-15 years.  With that growth, the Vancouver Police Department will continue to increase staffing, available specialty units and promotions.

Department Information

The Vancouver Police Department deploys out of our Headquarters / Administration building and two precincts. Our current authorized staffing through 2022 is 236 sworn Officers and 63 civilian support staff. The patrol schedule allows for generous days off. Patrol Officers work 10 1/2 hour shifts on a 5/4, 5/4, 5/5 schedule (on/off). This schedule provides a natural overlap allowing regularly scheduled training. Most specialty units work a 10 hour day on a 4/3 schedule. Specialty and/or collateral assignments include: Bicycle Officers, Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO’s), Neighborhood Response Team Detectives (NRT); Honor Guard, Tactical Information Unit; Children’s Justice Center, Persons Crimes Detectives, Elder Abuse Investigations, K-9 Officers, Property Crimes Detectives, SWAT, Traffic Unit, Gang Task Force, Drug Task Force, Digital Evidence Cybercrimes Unit (DECU), Crisis Negotiators, Field Training Officers, Recruitment Team, Public Information Officers and Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s).

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 194,000
# of Staff: 236 (authorized)

Hiring Status

Vancouver Police Department - Police Officer has 27 vacancies.

Vancouver Police Department currently has 23 unfilled vacancies as of April 1, 2022.  We will be hiring both entry and lateral candidates to fill these vacancies. Due to expected retirements in 2021, 2022 and 2023, we expect on-going Recruitment and hiring to fill vacancies. Further, population growth is expected to increase our staffing to maintain current services.  Our vacancy rate will vary, but may be as high as 20-30 in the coming year(s).  

Lateral candidates do not need to test with PST. Please visit to apply as a lateral candidate.

Salary Information

$6,301.00-$8,444.00 per month/Officer . Education Incentive pay 2.5% Associate Degree / 5% Bachelor Degree. Shift differential pay. Holiday compensation is 2.4% of base salary.

Benefit Information

Family & domestic partner health benefits include medical & dental coverage. Premiums for employees are fully paid by the City. New employees accrue vacation at a rate of 14 hours a month. Other benefits include a deferred compensation program, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and sick leave. Retirement benefits are provided through Washington State Law Enforcement Officers' & Firefighters' Retirement System (LEOFF). The City participates in the HUD Officer Next Door program, which provides police officers a 50% discount on HUD-owned, single family homes in certain designated revitalization areas.

Vancouver 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 20 1/2 years old
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 None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Veterans Preference Points Veterans Preference Points provided during in-house testing, added to total testing score, which can help determine placement on eligibility list.
Current Hiring Status Testing and Hiring for Officer Positions
Other Candidates will be required to successfully complete a structured oral interview and a panel interview prior to certification on an eligibility list. Interviews will be conducted in Vancouver on a regular basis.

Additionally, candidates must be able to successfully complete a behavior traits assessment, a thorough background investigation, a polygraph examination and post-offer psychological and medical examinations, and a drug screen.

Candidates who previously tested with VPD and were removed from a VPD eligibility list for failure to pass any portion of the background investigation process are not eligible for certification on a VPD list for one year from the date of removal from the eligibility list.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Contact Information

Vancouver Police Department - Police Officer

PO Box 1995
Vancouver, WA 98668 Clark County


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

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