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West Richland Police Department - Police Officer
Last updated on July 24, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
West Richland is located in Southeastern Washington, with year-round recreation. We are within minutes of two major rivers, and only a couple of hours to popular snow skiing, snowmobiling and mountain activities. Many outdoor opportunities exist, including; hunting for big game, waterfowl and upland birds, fishing on one of the three nearby rivers and we are a short drive to many popular wildlife areas including; McNary, Snake River, Potholes and Crab Creek. Other recreational opportunities are available nearby including a hiking and kayaking and windsurfing.
The city is adjacent to the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area, attracting thousands of tourists and local citizens each year. West Richland Wine Park, part of the Red Mountain Center - a 320-acre multi-use development designed around the wine destination theme. West Richland is also home to the Pacific Rim Winemakers and Ascentia Wine Estates, receiving regional and national acclaim (www.rieslingrules.com). In 2010, one of the state's hand-full of distilleries opens to the public at Red Mountain Center.
West Richland has an active Chamber of Commerce, promoting expansion of our commercial enterprises and promoting our unique strengths for ongoing growth and planned development for the future.
West Richland residents are within the Richland School District, and currently supports two elementary and one middle school.
The City of West Richland, http://www.westrichland.org/, and the Chamber of Commerce, http://www.westrichlandchamber.org/ both maintain a great deal of community related information for activities, services and resources. Additional recreational information may be found at; http://www.joelane.com/Tri-Cities-Resource-Page.php
The West Richland Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency which is poised for future growth with the surrounding community. The police services provided to West Richland incorporate a proactive approach of enforcing laws and interdicting criminal activity, as well as partnering with local residents, businesses and community groups to effect a positive change to the safety and security of the community members and visitors. Currently the WRPD participates in the METRO Drug Task Force, Traffic safety emphasis programs and has one assigned detective. In addition to full time police officers are full time support staff and a volunteer force which includes an active Reserve Officer Program. The WRPD provides 24/7 coverage to a area exceeding 22.7 square miles. Future plans include expansion in our participation with our regional partners as well as expanded programs within the department. We've recently moved into a brand new police facility which was built using a voter approved 12.5 million dollar bond.
Population: Over 17,000
# of Staff: 22 commissioned Officers
The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.
Wages are determined through a collective bargaining between the City of West Richland and the West Richland Police Officers Association. Current entry level wages are $6,160.95 per month for probationary third class officers. Lateral Entry officers are brought in at a class commensurate with experience.
Health care, vision, dental coverage are provided to employees and their families commensurate with City of West Richland employees. Co-pay and employee contributions vary with the plan selected by the employee and current City of West Richland policy.
West Richland 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||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must be able to pass medical examination prior to hire.|
|Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification||Entry level officers must successfully be able to complete the WA ST BLEA.|
Reserve Officer applicants must meet the same entry level requirements as a regular officer.
Our agency will conduct oral boards semi-annually - every April and October.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
West Richland 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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