Law Enforcement Officer Position

West Richland Police Department - Police Officer



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West Richland Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on May 24, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Community Information

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 ( 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,, and the Chamber of Commerce, both maintain a great deal of community related information for activities, services and resources. Additional recreational information may be found at;

Department Information

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.  

Area Information

County: Benton
Population: Over 17,000
# of Staff: 22 commissioned Officers

Hiring Status

West Richland Police Department - Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

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. 

Salary Information

Wages are determined through collective bargaining between the City of West Richland and the West Richland Police Officers Association. Current (2024) entry level wages are $6,987.75 per month for probationary third class officers. Lateral Entry officers are brought in at a class commensurate with experience.

Benefit Information

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...
    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 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.
Other 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Automatic Drivers license with interlock requirement (Currently).
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 1 uses total.
Automatic Illegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 5 time(s) in lifetime, and no use within the past 10 years.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Any adult marijuana use in the past 2 years.
Automatic Any IV illegal drug use.
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.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Potential Any unreported criminal activity will be carefully reviewed
Automatic 3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Untruthfulness or refusal to submit to polygraph.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Respondent in any current, enforceable protections, no contact or anti-harassment order which prohibits the possession of firearms.

Contact Information

West Richland Police Department - Police Officer

7920 W. Van Giesen St.
West Richland, WA 98353 Benton County


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