Police Officer
Kennewick Police Department

Kennewick, Washington
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: December 29, 2015 ()
    Close: January 1, 2017 ()
  • Position Properties
    Internal Job Number: N/A
  • Organization Details
    Kennewick Police Department
    City of Kennewick
  • Salary Information
    $76,778.00 - $99,180.00 Per Year
    74% above average

    Pay Band: NA-0083-A/A
  • Who Can Apply?
    United States Citizens
Position Summary

The Kennewick Police Department is a high energy, progressive organization whose motto is, “Committed to Your Safety”.  By implementing community oriented policing programs and working with the other city municipal departments our collective vision is, “One Team – One Future.” Our commitment to the citizens who live, work, and play in Kennewick to continue with the work of  ”Leading the Way.”

Our population is approximately 77,000 and growing daily. Kennewick is the retail-shopping hub for southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. We provide affordable housing and support services for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, its many diverse contractors, employees, and their families. 

We are an agency of 125 employees with an authorized commissioned strength of 105 Officers. We have four divisions – the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Services Division, and Administrative Services Division.

  • The Patrol s Division is under the command of a Commander with five direct-report Sergeants. It consists of four 12-hour patrol squads supervised by Patrol Sergeants and a Traffic Unit supervised by a Traffic Sergeant. The department currently has two (2) K-9 Officers, one (1) patrol and one (1) narcotics Patrol Officers may also test for specialty positions, such as SWAT, Traffic, Detectives, Criminal Apprehension Team, METRO Drug Task Force, US Marshall Fugitive Task Force, School Resource Officer and DARE.  
  • The Special Services Division is under the command of a Commander and includes Youth Services, Crime Prevention, Crime Resistant Community Living (CRCL), Evidence and the Records Unit. A  Sergeant supervises Youth Services, consisting of one DARE and three School Resource Officers (SRO’s) and also serves as the department’s Public Information Officer (PIO). The CRCL Officer also monitors the Registered Sex Offenders in the community and conducts monthly community meetings to keep citizens informed on the status of this offender group. The Staff Services Unit (Records) consists of 1 Supervisor,   11 Support Specialists and 1 Police Evidence Technician. 
  • The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is under the command of a Commander. The Division is divided into three separate units. The first is the “Crimes Against Persons” Unit consisting of a Detective Sergeant and six detectives. One Investigator specializes   as an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigator.

Additionally, a Detective Sergeant is assigned to oversee the “Crime Against Property” Unit. This group consists of five Detectives working property crimes and two additional Detectives assigned to the regional Drug Task Force.  There is 1 Sergeant and 1 Detective assigned the Violent Crime Task Force, 1 Detective assigned to the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force and 1 Crime Analyst that is assigned to Criminal Investigations.

The third unit in the CID is the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT). CAT is a proactive group of 6
Detectives and a Supervisor who target street drug activity, criminal gang activity, and targeted property crimes such as vehicle prowling and auto theft. CAT Detectives work during the evening hours, in plain clothes, and in unmarked cars. They also respond to and assist with major crime scenes investigations as needed.

The Administrative Services Division is under the direction of the Chief of Police.  The division is comprised of one Commander (Chief of Staff), one Sergeant and one Administrative Assistant.  The Division includes the Office of Professional Standards, Internal Affairs, Animal Control (ACA) and the volunteer group, “Citizens Helping in Police Services” (CHIPS). The division also oversees the Department’s accreditation program and reviews and up-dates policies, procedures, and practices so they reflect “best practices” in law enforcement. The Kennewick Police Department is currently accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). 


Entry Level Requirements

  • 21 years of age.
  • US citizen.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Ability to read/speak English.
  • Vision 20/100 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20 in each eye.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, a false statement, or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • No DUI arrest or conviction in the past three years.
  • No reckless or negligent driving convictions in the last two years and no more than two moving violations in the last two years.
  • Have not used, tried or experimented with any controlled substances in the last three years.

In State Lateral

  • Current Peace Officer certification in Washington State
  • Minimum of 12 months of commissioned police experience
  • Successfully complete the lateral packet
  • 80% in the command staff interview

Out of State Lateral

  • 36 months of continuous service with a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency.
  • Must be employed as a certified law enforcement officer within the last 12 months.
  • No exclusions from certification in another agency, city, county or state
Key Requirements

Age: 21

US Citizen: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire.

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: 20/100 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20 in each eye.

College: No minimum college education requirement.

Academy Certification: Not required for entry-level applicants.

Prior Experience: None

All applicants for the Police Department shall be fingerprinted, and a thorough search be made of fingerprints through local, state, and federal fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. Applicants for the Police Department shall not have had a conviction for any crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison or similar institution, and shall not have been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude, narcotics, or drugs. For the purpose of these rules the term “conviction” means a final conviction in a federal, state, or municipal court; and un-vacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure an accused person’s appearance in court; the payment of a fine; a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty suspended. Every applicant must furnish proof of good character, temperate habits and physical ability to perform the duties of the position to which he/she seeks employment. The Civil Service Commission may refuse to examine an applicant, or, after examination, refuse to certify as eligible an applicant, and may remove the applicant’s name from the eligible list for any of the following reasons:

Dismissal from any employment for delinquency or misconduct
Mental or physical unfitness for the position
Dishonest criminal, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct
Intentional false statement in any material fact, or deception, or fraud, in securing an examination, certification, or appointment
Dishonorable discharge from military service
Habitual use of intoxicating liquors to excess or use of narcotics
Failure to meet requirements as contained in examination announcement
Any other willful violation of the provisions of this rule.

An oral interview by the hiring authority or his/her representative shall be given to determine if an applicant has any serious defect in background or ability to communicate which would render the applicant ineffective as an employee of the Police Department.

Patrol officers are the immediate responders to all citizen requests for service, both emergency and non emergency. Officers are responsible for working with the community to solve problems, maintain safety and a great quality of life for our citizens and visitors.


  • For employees and dependents
  • AWC Insurance
  • Washington Dental Service
  • AWC VSP Vision


  • Annual leave varies by experience
  • LEOFF 2 Retirement
  • 12 paid holidays
  • $1500/year uniform/equipment allowance

See more information on benefits here.

How to Apply

Entry Level Applicant Information - here

In State Lateral Applicant Information - here

Out of State Lateral Applicant Information - here

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