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POLICE OFFICER - LATERAL /continuous testing - City of Issaquah ( Job # 18-0004)

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Minimum Salary: $6,041.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,743.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Police
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



The Issaquah Police Department is a professional and progressive police department.  Patrol officers are assigned to one of four patrol squads consisting of a Sergeant, Corporal and 4 Officers.  Officers perform patrol functions that support the department's Mission and Vision Statement.  These activities are as follows, but not limited to:

  • Enforcing laws
  • Proactive crime prevention
  • Community problem solving
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Responding to emergency calls and routine calls
  • Testifying in court
  • Making arrests
  • Transporting defendants
  • Report writing

The Department practices community -oriented policing with programs in traffic, detectives, multi-atency Major Crimes Task Force, Special Operation Team, bicycle patrol, Community Resources Officer and School Resources Officer.

Patrol Officers are eligible to receive up to an additional 10% bonus pay.  Patrol officers work a schedule consisting of four 12 hour shifts (6 am – 6p.m.; 6p.m. – 6a.m.), followed by four days off.

As a condition of employment must become a member of the Issaquah Police Officers' Association within 31 days from date of hire. 




Those who show by their applications that they meet the minimum requirements may be invited to participate in the testing process.   Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact time and location for oral board interviews. The successful candidates must then pass the medical and physical examinations, including a drug screen, polygraph test, psychological examination, and extensive background check. 
  • Patrols assigned geographical areas in the City by car or on foot or other means to aid in preventing crime and to enforce federal, state, and City criminal and traffic laws and regulations.
  • Observes, reports and acts on conditions conducive to crime and danger.
  • Reports traffic hazards and directs pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow when necessary; disburses unruly crowds at public gatherings.
  • Takes command at scene of crime or accident until relieved by a commanding officer; administers first aid and requests medical service as necessary; takes statements, interviewing victims and witnesses; assesses situation and determines appropriate response; records vital information regarding causes and circumstances, including taking photographs and measurements; documents evidence.
  • Detains physically law violators or those who may be resisting arrest as required.  Activity may require physically subduing suspect, moving through heavy underbrush and trees, jumping fences, climbing onto or into buildings.  Activity may require using deadly force to protect self or others.
  • Conducts investigation assignments of suspected illegal activity or follow-up investigations of criminal cases.  Officers may also conduct specialized investigation in areas of narcotics, vice, sex offenses.  Officers may be assigned to detectives, traffic, School Resource Officer, Community Resource Officer, jail, or field training duties.
  • Prepares criminal cases for prosecution with either the City or King County Prosecutor; interacts with prosecutors, attorneys and court officials; testifies in court as required.
  • Provides general information on laws and ordinances; explains process of filing a formal complaint; directs citizens to appropriate authorities as necessary.
  • Serves and enforces civil process issued by the courts to include restraining orders, orders for protection, no contact orders, anti-harassment orders, and subpoenas; serves arrest and search warrants.
  • Attends meetings, seminars, and other training classes to maintain current up-to-date knowledge of criminal and civil laws, as well as technical skills in order to remain proficient in the performance of duty; may be called upon to train other employees.
  • Prepares and writes a variety of reports and records, such as reports on arrest, property impounded, accidents, offenses, damages to property, and results of investigations.
  • Assists in receiving, searching, booking, and supervising prisoners; assures that prisoners receive fair and reasonable treatment; provides food and medical care as necessary; performs jailer duties as required.
  • Assures that all equipment used is maintained and operating properly. 




Applicants must have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED). Two years of college equivalent to an AA Degree is preferred. Applicants must posses a minimum of 12 months full time experience after completion of an academy within the last 3 years as a sworn officer of a municipal, county, state, or federal agency under the Police Officer Certification guidelines established by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC).

  • United States Citizenship
  • Vision 20/100 correctable to 20/20
  • Ability to read & write the English language
  • Successful accomplishment of oral board interview prescribed by the City of Issaquah Civil Service Commission.
  • Satisfactorily pass a medical examination, psychological examination, and background investigation.  Must pass physical and medical requirements of State Retirement System.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License with a driving record free of serious or frequent violations.

As required by Issaquah Municipal Code Section 2.18.010, following the training period, new police officers must commit in writing to not less than two full years of employment with the City of Issaquah.

 Automatic Disqualifiers:

  • 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
  • Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
  • 3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
  • 3 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
  • Have used marijuana within the past year.
  • Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Illegal opiate use.
  • Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 3 uses total.
  • Illegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances.
  • No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
  • Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
  • Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
  • The use of ANY illegal drugs, except marijuana, within the past 3 years. 
  • Have ever illegally used a drug after submitting application to any Law Enforcement agency.
  • Any adult felony conviction.
  • Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
  • Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
  • Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
  • Unlawful sexual misconduct.  or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
  • Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: DISHONESTY IN APPLICATION PROCESS/BACKGROUND.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
  • Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
  • Previous revocation or denial of CJTC certified status, or suspension of current CJTC certified status.
  • Failure to pay income tax or child support.
  • Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.




  • Prepares material to present to training sessions for police officers or other persons as required including schools, businesses, private citizen groups, etc.
  • Investigates and inspects persons or businesses for compliance with City ordinance requiring licenses.
  • Investigates weekend or after hours construction activities occurring within the City limits; contacts appropriate City departments.
  • Supervises and directs dispatch and correction personnel in the absence of a Sergeant, or higher-ranking officer.
  • Performs all of the duties of the Corrections Service Officer in his/her absence as described in the Corrections Service Officer job description.
  • Ability to learn and apply principles and techniques of modern crime prevention, investigation, apprehension, rules of evidence and all other aspects of law enforcement.
  • Ability to acquire thorough skills in the use of firearms and other police-related tools and when they should be used.
  • Some knowledge of Federal, State, County, and City laws, regulation, ordinances, including domestic violence and juvenile criminal justice laws.
  • Some knowledge of criminal behavior and causes underlying criminality and social, psychological and physical needs of criminals/inmates.
  • Ability to physically handle other persons who may resist arrest.
  • Ability to obtain all operator licenses, certifications or permits for equipment used such as radar, breathalyzer, and the like.
  • Ability to express self clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to quickly make assessments of emergency situations, determine appropriate responses and act assertively; copes with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other employees.
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete course work and training such as Basic Law Enforcement Academy established under the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and other in-service training methods, procedures, and techniques of police work presented by other officers or supervisors.
  • Ability to make arithmetic calculations accurately and rapidly.
  • Working knowledge of basic computer functions and computerized record-keeping systems.
  • Skill in observation and ability to remember details, such as names, faces, incidents, and other relevant details.


·          Medical & dental coverage
·          $750 annual employer contribution to a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
·          deferred compensation investment plan with up to $100.00 per month employer match 
·          employee assistance program
·          orthodontia pool 
·          8 hours sick leave per month,
·          92 hours vacation per year (increases with longevity),
·          88 paid holiday hours per year
·          Kelly pay for working 12 hour shifts
·          tuition assistance program
·          membership in Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Retirement System (LEOFF)
·          salary increases based on merit
·          education merit pay
·          master employee merit pay program
·          $50,000 employer paid life insurance with AD&D                



Police Department
130 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027