City of Bellingham Lateral Police Officer
Bellingham Police Department - Bellingham, Washington
Jun 2, 2020
- Application Deadline:
- Oct 23, 2020
- Entry Level:
- $5,949.00 - $7,654.00 (Placement determined by years of completed service) monthly
The City of Bellingham is currently accepting applications for Lateral Police Officer. Click here to apply!
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be notified of their final rank and score regularly as incoming applications are reviewed.
Due to the unique character of our City, the beauty of the surrounding landscape and diverse opportunities within our agency, working at the Bellingham Police Department offers an unmatched quality of life for those seeking a career in law enforcement.
Out of State Lateral Police Officers attend a two-week training course at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission located in Burien, WA. (For more information, visit their website)
Pay Placement: Experienced Police Officer hires will be placed in the current pay plan at the rate of one pay step for each completed year of service up to a maximum of the top step of the appropriate pay scale. (Current Pay Schedule)
City of Bellingham Police Officers are eligible for the following benefits:
- Vacation Leave: Lateral Police Officers will be given vacation credit prospectively for each completed year of service as a sworn police officer prior to hire by the City of Bellingham, up to a maximum of ten years.
- Sick Leave
- All employees shall receive or be paid for the equivalent of 12(8 hour) holidays totaling 96 hours annually
- Retirement - LEOFF retirement benefits through the Washington State Retirement Systems
- Deferred Compensation
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Uniforms and Equipment - City provided
- Educational Incentives- AA Degree or 90 quarter/60 semester college credits: 1.5% of current base salary. Bachelor’s Degree: 5% of current base salary.
This position is represented by the Police Guild.
Upon hire, Officers start in the patrol division. The patrol division has utilized a schedule based on a 10.7 hour work day. The work week is 5 days long and officers enjoy rotating weekends of 4 or 5 days off at a time. This schedule has been well received since its inception, and aside from the outstanding balance between work and time off, it also provides our department with training opportunities that were not previously possible. One day a month is dedicated as a training day for each patrol group and allows officers to stay up to date on education and a host of skills necessary to provide a high level of service to our community.
Once the necessary experience has been gained while working on patrol, officers have the opportunity to apply for a variety of specialty units within the department. See our About Us website for details. Whether you find yourself riding our local trails as a bike officer, conducting surveillance in our Special Investigations Unit, or tracking down suspects with your K-9 partner, each position has qualities that appeal to a wide range of personalities and interests. In addition to unique job descriptions of each specialty unit, the hours and shifts differ as well which can provide officers with a healthy change of pace throughout their career.
With approximately 119 commissioned officers, our department offers innovative training, modern equipment and diverse specialty units often associated with larger departments. At the same time our employees enjoy benefits felt at many smaller departments in terms of being a close-knit work group where every face becomes familiar over time. If being part of a team that makes a positive impact in the community sounds appealing, then we encourage you to seek out employment opportunities at our department.
At the Bellingham Police Department, our mission is “Committed to Community.”
When we look to the future of the Bellingham Police Department, we see an organization where:
- Employee and public safety is a priority.
- Employees and volunteers are highly trained, equipped with the latest technology, and recognized for their performance.
- Adequate and dedicated funding is in place. We are fiscally responsible and efficient users of the funds and resources entrusted to us by the public.
- Employees demonstrate professionalism, consistent with our mission statement and core values.
- Age: Minimum Age 21
- Education: Associate's Degree or two years (90 quarter hours/60 semester hours) of general education course work toward a degree at an accredited college or university.
- Experience: 24 months of full-time paid duty as a sworn police officer in a federal, state or local civilian governmental jurisdiction providing general law enforcement services, and be in said position at the time of application, or retain active commission.
- Graduation from an approved law enforcement training academy and ability to meet standards prescribed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for equivalency.
- Bilingual proficiency highly desirable.
- Employment contingent upon passing a criminal convictions check, background investigation, polygraph examination and fingerprinting. Subject to re-check every five years.
- Employment contingent upon passing a psychological and general medical evaluation.
- Employment contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test.
- Lateral applicants currently employed and meeting physical standards as police officers in another jurisdiction are accepted as able to meet the physical requirements of the job.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, Red Cross certification for Infant/Child and Adult CPR and Standard First Aid.
- Valid Washington State driver's license or ability to obtain within 30 days of Washington State residency and good driving record. A three-year driving abstract must be submitted prior to hire, with periodic submission of driving abstract per City policy.
- U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident. Washington State residency by time of hire.
- No record of felony convictions.
- Misdemeanor convictions will also be reviewed. A misdemeanor conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant but offenses, by their nature and recentness, may reveal a lack of specific qualifications for this position.
NOTE: A standard 12-month Civil Service probationary period applies for all officers following placement into the Full Performance Police Officer classification.