Lateral Police Officer
City of Auburn, WA - Auburn, WA

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This is general duty police work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, maintenance of order, and prevention and investigation of crimes.

Primary Duties:
  • Respond to crimes in progress and general calls for service; investigation of crimes including questioning witnesses, and collecting and preserving evidence.
  • Make arrests, transport prisoners to jail, testify in court, resolve juvenile, neighbor and domestic complaints.
  • Perform crisis intervention, administer first aid, investigate natural and unnatural deaths, direct traffic and provide thorough documentation of activities through report writing.
To perform the primary functions, employee must have the ability to:
  • Resolve a variety of potentially volatile and dangerous situations in a calm, confident, and effective manner.
  • Train and use firearms safely in accordance with departmental rules.
  • Drive a patrol car under normal and adverse conditions.
  • Clean and maintain assigned firearms and vehicles.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Learn, interpret and apply modern principles, practices, and procedures of police work.
  • Write clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Work with the public and coworkers in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Show initiative in performing job functions, and ability to enforce federal, state and local laws.
  • Learn and apply knowledge of basic first aid procedures.
Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Able to read and write the English language
  • Not less than 21 years of age at time of application
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent AND a graduate of a municipal or regional Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy or equivalent as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Possess a valid driver's license with no pending risk of loss
  • Meet all requirements of physical condition, behavioral characteristics assessment and any other requirements specified in the examination process.
  • Ability to obtain certification as Washington State Peace officer at time of hire.
To Apply:
The application period is open continuous with no established closing date at this time. A closing date, if established, would be announced on the City's 24-hour jobline at 253-931-3077 and be posted in the Civil Service Office. Apply on-line at www.auburnwa.gov . Questions - call the City of Auburn, Civil Service Office at 253-931-3040 or TTY 253-288-3139.

Additional Information:

The Auburn Police Department is a nationally accredited police department. This accreditation establishes the department as a professional organization that strives to achieve standards of law enforcement excellence. The department was also the first municipal police department to be state accredited. The Auburn Police Department seeks highly qualified applicants who possess strong personal attributes that qualify them to promote the professional standards of law enforcement.

Examination Process

Only those applicants meeting all application procedures and minimum qualifications will be admitted to the examination process. The examination process consists of a skills inventory assessment and, for those selected to move forward, a panel interview.

The skills inventory form is included (see Supplemental Questions) in the application packet. An assessment of candidates' qualifications, as described on the skills inventory form and the general application, will be used to determine which candidates will be invited for an interview. Please complete this form thoroughly in order to gain appropriate credit for your experience and training.

Because this recruitment is open continuous, interviews will be scheduled periodically. Candidates will be selected for panel interviews based upon the needs of the Police Department and other relevant factors as determined by the Chief Examiner. The interview process will be 100% of the final examination score. There will be a minimum passing score on the interview.

Eligibility List

Candidates who pass the interview will have their names placed on an eligibility list in rank order of final examination scores and veteran's preference in accordance with State law. Names shall remain on the eligibility list for up to six months. With the recruitment being open continuous, there may be readjustments to the rank ordering of the list as new candidates are interviewed and added to the eligibility list.

Vacancies

When a vacancy occurs, the Chief Examiner certifies to the Police Chief the appropriate number of names from the eligibility list for consideration for hire. If a conditional offer of employment is extended to a candidate, thorough background investigation will be conducted to include a polygraph test. Questions for the polygraph test will reflect many areas including employment history, personal history, any drug and alcohol use, credit history, driving record, criminal activity and other areas determined to be relevant. The individual will also go through a medical examination, a behavioral characteristics/psychological screening and a physical ability assessment. The Police Chief may interview these individuals. The Police Chief has the discretion to hire any of the individuals certified. Individuals hired serve a one year orientation period.

The Auburn Police Department is the first municipal police department to be state accredited. This accreditation establishes the department as a professional organization that strives to achieve standards of law enforcement excellence. The department was also the first municipal police department to be reaccredited. The Auburn Police Department seeks highly qualified applicants who possess strong personal attributes that qualify them to promote the professional standards of law enforcement.