POLICE RECRUITMENT INFORMATION
The Role of a Police Officer
In partnership with the Human Resources Department, the Chehalis Police Department is continually seeking qualified men and women from all segments of society to help us continue our tradition of giving the City of Chehalis the best possible law enforcement service.
The nature of police work involves the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention and investigation of crimes, and the ability to exercise independent discretion. A police officer must possess intelligence and integrity and stand up to rigorous personal, ethical, moral and physical challenges. While providing service to the community, the greatest rewards of the profession are self-esteem, pride and the opportunity to utilize individual talents and skills.
The Chehalis Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency, organized in three divisions; patrol operations, investigations, administrative services. The Chehalis Police Department is proud to be recognized as a fully accredited agency by the State of Washington.
We take great pride in the quality of its personnel and the services it provides, which include:
• School Resource Officer
• Vacation Home Security
• Traffic Enforcement
• Narcotics Investigations
• Emergency Services
• Neighborhood & Business Watch
Police Officer Applicant Qualifications
Entry Applicant Qualifications
Entry level applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Age 21 at the time of examination.
• United States citizen; read and speak the English language.
• High school graduate or equivalent, college course work preferred.
• Ability to obtain a Washington State driver's license free of suspensions or revocations.
• No felony convictions.
• Ability to pass a series of qualifying pre-employment examinations.
Lateral Applicant Qualifications
In addition to meeting the above requirements, all lateral entry applicants must have been employed on a full time basis as a general authority paid commissioned officer for a minimum of 12 of the last 24 months at the time of application. Applicants must also have successfully completed a basic police training academy or become certified by the Washington State Equivalency Academy within one year from employment.
Police Officers are encouraged to further their education. The City provides a reimbursement program for tuition and fees for officers working towards a degree in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice.
Insurance and Retirement
A portion of Medical, dental and life insurance premiums are paid for the employee and eligible dependents. Vision and orthodontia coverage are included in the plans. Commissioned officers participate in the LEOFF retirement plan and receive an employer-paid benefit into a deferred compensation plan of their choice.
Currently employees receive 12 days of sick leave and 12 holidays. Vacation leave ranges from 12 days for one year of employment to 27 days for a senior police officer. Paid time off is also given for such things as military duty and bereavement leave.
The City issues required clothing and equipment on the quartermaster system. Uniform cleaning is another benefit to the officers.
Under the existing salary plan governed by Union contract, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases. Lateral police officers will be placed into the pay schedule commensurate with their qualifications.
Application and Testing Process
Entry Level Police Officer
Department testing is conducted through PublicSafetyTesting.com on a continuous basis. Candidates who successfully complete the process will be placed on the eligibility roster according to their composite score, plus veterans' preference points or educational credit, if applicable. The entry level list will be continually updated as new test scores are added and each score will expire after two years. If you are interested in applying for an entry level position, more information on the testing process and a schedule of upcoming tests can be found on the PublicSafetyTesting.com web site.
Lateral Police Officer
Lateral entry applicants are scored based on past training and experience. Candidates are asked to submit documentation on training and experience at the time they submit their application. They will then be placed on the eligibility roster according to their composite score, plus veterans' preference points or educational credit, if applicable. The lateral entry list will be continually updated as new test scores are added and each score will expire after two years. If you are interested in applying for a lateral entry position, an application form can be found at the bottom of this page. If you need further information, contact the Chehalis Police Department.
General Hiring Information
When you apply for the position of Police Officer, you are actually applying for placement on an eligibility register. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you may move on to a competitive selection process which may include the following components:
• Written and oral interview examination
• Physical fitness assessment
• Polygraph examination
• Psychological evaluation
• Extensive background investigation
• Medical examination/drug screening
For information about a law enforcement career with the City of Chehalis, please contact us at the Chehalis Police Department or call the City of Chehalis Human Resources Director at 360-748-6664.