Name of business / employer
City of Burlington WA
Job description / duties
Police Officer – Entry Level
In most cases, a uniformed peace officer performing work involving the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the maintenance of order, the investigation of crimes and the reduction of crimes. Peace officers provide services and education to the public and perform other related work as required. The work is performed in accordance with accepted, contemporary policing practices and departmental regulations.
This position requires consistent attention and commitment to the Department’s Vision and Mission. All assigned duties and tasks are expected to be performed in an efficient and safe manner. The police officer must accept the responsibility to support and promote this organization’s mission and comply with its directives. Personal conduct and behavior must be such that it does not bring disrepute or unnecessarily endanger the public’s trust or confidence in the Department or its members. This position requires a high level of problem-solving ability, self-initiative, and the ability and willingness to work a majority of time without direct supervision. Successful performers are those who are capable and willing to make decisions that are consistent with the Department’s Vision, Mission, goals and objectives.
Equipment / Job Location
Work conditions vary by shift and assignment. The majority of tasks are performed outdoors while working from a police vehicle. If assigned primarily to investigative follow-ups, the work will involve outdoor as well as indoor tasks. This position includes rotating shift schedules and may require work on holidays. Exposure to human bodily fluids and other potentially infectious and hazardous materials is possible. Few tasks require heavy lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying heavy loads. Physical flexibility is important because of the need to enter and exit vehicles recently, search buildings, climb over and around obstacles, and suddenly move out of the way of danger. Mental alertness is important because of the need to make fine distinctions and decision concerning subtle clues of impending danger or to discover inconsistencies in witnesses; or suspects’ statements. Physical and mental demands may change dramatically within seconds and tax the maximum of human endurance. Therefore, police officers must maintain a physical and mental state of fitness and readiness that will enable them to handle recurrent contacts and involvements with dangerous people, animals, and equipment. Exposure to violent human behavior is likely. Frequent use of motor vehicles and firearms is to be expected.
Major duties involve responding to calls for service, patrolling in a directed manner, to deter and detect crime, investigating complaints, citing and/or arresting law violators, following up on pending reports and cases and protecting persons and property. When not responding to priority calls for service or otherwise directed by a supervisor, the police officer is expected to use self directed work time in a efficient manner by self initiating work on neighborhood problems and seeking solutions consistent with the Department Mission. The qualified police officer may be required to temporarily assume the duties, activities and tasks of a Sergeant, as necessary.
Knowledge’s and Abilities required
1. Knowledge and understanding of the problems and attitudes of people of all ethnic and economic groups in relation to law enforcement agencies.
2. The ability to adapt to shift work
3. Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, recognizing actual and potential dangers and to determine a proper course of action.
4. Ability to write clear incident reports, organizing details logically.
5. Ability to read, understand, and interpret laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
6. Ability to learn quickly applicable Federal and State laws, and City ordinances, and established principles, practices policies, and procedures of police work.
7. Ability to cope with situations firmly, tactfully and with respect for individual rights.
8. Ability to speak well and to express oneself clearly.
9. Ability to communicate effectively with a diversity of people, including people with social and behavioral problems.
10. Ability to establish and maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens from all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
11. Ability to develop skill in the use and care of a variety of firearms.
12. Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks such as pursing fleeing suspects on foot and arresting suspects who resist.
13. Ability to learn and use investigative techniques and procedures.
14. Ability to observe and remember details.
16. Ability to complete satisfactorily the prescribed courses of training at the police academy.
17. Good driving ability.
Application deadline / closing date
If you do not have a specific closing date (e.g. ‘Open until filled’) please select a date which you believe will be a reasonable amount of time to fill the position. 07/01/2019
Salary / rate of pay
Enter a specific hourly rate, or a range or ‘negotiable’ $5,314.62 to $6,334.77 month;y
Days and hours of employment
8.5hr shifts, 5 on 2 off, 4 on 3 off
Dates of employment (specify if temp or seasonal)
Person or department to contact
311 Cedar St Suite B Burlington WA 98223
How to apply
Police Officer – Entry Level
The City of Burlington is currently accepting applications for Police Officer – Entry Level to fill current vacant positions. Contact the Burlington Civil Service Examiner at 360-755-2338 to apply, and for a Personal History Information (PHI) form.
The written and physical agility testing for Entry Level Police Officer is conducted by http://www.publicsafetytesting.com. Agency eligibility requirements, department information and disqualifiers are listed on this site.
Further Testing Requirements include:
•Extensive Background Investigation
•Physical Agility Testing at CJTC
Conditional Employment candidates successfully pass:
•WA State Criminal Justice Training Center Basic Police Academy held in Burien or Spokane (approximately eighteen weeks)
•Field Training Program (approximately twelve weeks)
•Probationary Period (twelve months from date of Academy graduation)