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Lateral Police Officer

Kent Police Department - Kent, Washington

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$4,854.00 monthly
Academy Graduate:
$5,021.00 monthly
Top Pay:
$6,321.00 monthly

Job Description

Community Information

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population of approximately 120,000 and covers a geographic area of 34 square miles. Named one of the "Best Places to Live" by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Kent is a culturally rich destination with well-established neighborhoods, award winning parks and great school systems making it a fantastic community to live and raise a family. Located in the heart of the Green River Valley, Kent's breathtaking setting features views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Only seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is conveniently located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways.

Department Information

The Kent Police Department is nationally accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC).  WASPC accreditation provides a strong basis for effective law enforcement and safety education policies and procedures.  The department staffing consists of 144 sworn officers, 49 full-time, and 2 part-time civilian personnel as well as an active volunteer program.  The Kent Police Department offers a wide variety of opportunities for promotion/advancement within the agency.  Specialty assignments include: VSRT (SWAT), VCDU (Riot team), K9, Detectives, Special Investigations Unit, Special Operations Unit (bikes and boat), Neighborhood Response Team, Traffic, Negotiator, and FTO.  We also maintain a technically and tactically proficient training cadre for our EVOC, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms programs.  We average about 90,000 dispatched calls and 17,000 case reports per year.

The Kent Police Department takes pride in serving the citizens of Kent with professionalism and excellence. Our Officers believe in their mission statement to aggressively fight crime, impartially protect rights, and identify and solve problems. 

Additional Information


Lateral officers receive a starting pay of $4,854 - $6,321 depending on experience.  Front-loading of vacation time and sick leave is negotiable.

Many of our specialty assignments receive a premium pay of an additional 3.5%.  Those specialties include: Detectives, SIU, SOU, Traffic, K9, VSRT, Negotiators, Recruiters, and Administrative Sergeant.  FTO’s and officers assigned full time to the Criminal Justice Training Center receive a premium pay of an additional 6%.

Additional benefits include:

·         1% incentive Pay for maintaining our WASPC accreditation.

·         1% Education Incentive for those with an AA, and 3% for those with a BA

·         Medical, Vision, and Dental Coverage

·         Deferred Compensation

·         Life Insurance

·         Long-term Disability Coverage

·         LEOFF 2 Retirement

·         Paid Holidays, Sick Leave, and Vacation time

·         Compensatory time bank

·         Wellness Program

·         Education Reimbursement

·         Stand by pay

The department covers all uniform and equipment items as well as training costs. 

We work a seniority based 4/10 schedule with six week rotations for weekdays/weekends off. 

Message from the Chief

Thank you for your interest in the Kent Police Department.  Our department serves a diverse community with a population of over 120,000 residents.  Our mission is to: Aggressively Fight Crime, Impartially Protect Rights and Identify and Solve Problems.  The cornerstone of our department is utilizing Intelligence Led Policing by actively going after high-impact offenders and deploying our officers to hot spot areas in our city.  We believe that providing our officers with the best available equipment and world class training we can do an effective job at keeping our community safe.  In addition, our department is known for maintaining a family environment where we help to ensure a positive work environment.  I am proud to be the Chief of this high-performing organization that is one of the most respected and effective police departments in the region.  If you are a high quality and motivated officer looking for a great opportunity, we are looking for lateral applicants to fill the rolls of our growing department  -Chief Ken Thomas

Job Requirements

  • Age: Minimum of 21
  • Education: HS/GED
  • Experience: Must have been employed as a commissioned LEO

Contact Informaton

Wayne Graff

Kent Police Department
220 4 Ave So.
Kent, Washington 98032
phone: (253) 856-5830

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