Law Enforcement Officer Position

Washington State University Police Department - Police Officer



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Washington State University Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on October 10, 2023
PST Partner Agency since September 16, 2022

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

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WSU is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action educator and employer.

Community Information

Washington State University is a world-class research and land-grant university located in Pullman, Washington, and is a member of the PAC-12. Pullman is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse, located in Southeast Washington. In addition to Washington State University, Pullman is home to a branch of Spokane Falls Community College, award winning public schools, and a broad selection of robust local, small businesses.

The community consists of a diverse population of 32,790 within its 10.7 square miles of land and was first incorporated in 1888 as an agricultural town. Since its inception, the City and WSU have provided an abundance of recreational, cultural, and community events, which include PAC-12 sports, arts, and entertainment. The Palouse region offers many opportunities for day trips and beautiful scenic locations including Palouse Falls, Steptoe Butte, Wawawai County Park, and Kamiak Butte County Park.

The Princeton Review recently ranked WSU No. 6 for best student support and counseling services, No. 13 for best health services, No. 24 for best campus food, and No. 8 for best quality of life. Pullman has been consistently rated as one of the Safest Cities in Washington by Safewise and National Council for Home Safety & Security. Pullman School District was awarded a 2020 Green Ribbon Sustainability Award, one of only 11 school districts in the country to receive such an award for its sustainability efforts. National Geographic has dubbed this region “A Paradise Called the Palouse.” To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

Department Information

The Washington State University Police Department on the Pullman Campus has a staff of 21 commissioned officers and 4 support staff. Whitcom regional 911 dispatch center provides dispatch services for law enforcement and fire agencies in the region. The Police Department is responsible for providing public safety and security for the students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the Pullman campus of Washington State University. WSU’s daytime population is approximately 25,650. The university’s web page offers information about WSU and the surrounding area.

WSU PD currently participates in a regional SWAT Team. Numerous overtime opportunities are also available for special events on campus, including concerts and Division 1 sporting events. The University also offers you the ability to take up to 6 credits for $5 each semester for in-person classes. Here are a few of the WSU Police Department highlights:


  • Patrol works a 4/10 schedule
  • WSU classes up to 6 units for $5 each semester
  • Ability to work out / exercise / lift weights on-duty
  • Bike Patrol
  • Peer Support Team
  • Regional SWAT Team
  • Hostage Negotiation Team
  • Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Teaching/Mentoring Police Cadets
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Instructors for EVOC, Firearms, Less Lethal
  • Mental health professional on retainer for critical incident stress debriefings & one-on-one counseling

Area Information

County: Whitman
Population: 25,650
# of Staff: 25

Hiring Status

Washington State University Police Department - Police Officer has 2 vacancies.

Three police officer vacancies to be filled immediately. Entry level officers will be sent to the first available Police Academy class (Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission).

Salary Information

Police Officer Salary

  • $73,552 - $98,895
  • Effective July 1, 2024: $79,436 - $106,806

Education Incentive (Paid annually each July))

  • AA/AS: $500
  • BA/BS: $1,000
  • MA/MS: $1,200

Longevity Pay

  • 3 years: 1%
  • 6 years: 3%
  • 10 years: 5%
  • 15 years: 6%
  • 20 years: 8%
  • 25 or more years: 10%

Overtime Compensation

  • Paid at 1.5x
  • Over 12 hours paid at 2x

Benefit Information

  • 12 floating holidays annually; choice of pay or time off
  • 1 personal holiday
  • 14 annual leave days per year (1-2 years of service) up to 25 days (25+ years)
  • 1 day of sick leave earned per month
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Long term disability
  • Life insurance
  • LEOFF 2 retirement
  • More benefit information available here:

Washington State University 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
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 No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Not normally, but can be reviewed depending on circumstance.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
College Requirement

Two years of full-time college; OR one year of police or campus security experience; OR equivalent education/experience.

Washington State University 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
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Potential Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Washington State University Police Department - Police Officer

PO Box 641072
2201 E. Grimes Way
Pullman, WA 99164-1072 Whitman County
(509) 335-8548


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