Nature of Work
This process is an open and continuous examination. Applications will be reviewed as they are received on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be notified of their rank and score regularly as incoming applications are reviewed. (Please note: Due to change in recruitment process, candidates will be referred to the department once the current eligibility list has expired on 9/2/21 or earlier if the list is exhausted; thereafter, candidates will be referred on a regular basis.)
This recruitment process will create a Civil Service register that will be used to fill anticipated vacancies. This position is represented by a union.
The City of Bellingham is actively seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Applicants interested in this position must complete testing through Public Safety Testing.
Applicants must complete the written exam through Public Safety Testing prior to being invited to apply. If you are unable to complete the Physical Ability Test the same day as the written exam, you will have to complete and pass the Physical Ability Test within three (3) months from the written exam date in order to continue in this selection process.
Recruit salary is $5,544/month. Upon entry to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy salary is $6,098/month. Upon successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, the salary range for a Full Performance Police Officer is $6,098/month – $7,845/month.
NOTE: Employees will remain in the Recruit classification in probationary status prior to and while attending the Police Academy. With successful completion of the Police Academy, the employee shall move to the Full Performance Police Officer (Download PDF reader) classification in a non-competitive promotion effective the first day of the pay period immediately following such academy completion. A standard 12-month Civil Service probationary period applies for all officers following placement into the Full Performance Police Officer classification.
NATURE OF WORK:
Participates in formal and on-the-job training in law enforcement principles, techniques and procedures, departmental organization, rules, policies, and related laws. Also receives training in the use, care and maintenance of assigned equipment.
- Attends a 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy, which will provide classroom and field instruction in basic police procedures, techniques and laws.
- Participates in on-the-job training under the direct supervision of an experienced training officer. Observes and assists experienced officers responding to calls and requests for police assistance.
- May assist in conducting investigations and participate in legal search and surveillance activities. Participates in range training as assigned.
- Attends meetings and prepares reports as assigned.
ADDITIONAL WORK PERFORMED:
- Performs related duties as directed.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in any and all property existing in the City of Bellingham and its environs. This involves working in a variety of environmental conditions and may require: walking, sitting or standing for long periods; running, climbing, jumping, or physical exertion in inclement weather; physical agility in slippery conditions, mountainous or uneven terrain, or in water. Officers work in unaccompanied automobile, motorcycle, bicycle or on foot patrol, maintaining contact with the dispatch center. There is exposure to high-risk situations which require emergency response procedures such as the use of masks, gloves, etc. to prevent contact with infectious diseases; and the use of protective clothing, equipment, firearms and other gear. While in uniform and/or driving a police vehicle, the Police Officer will not be allowed to use or display any tobacco product. Officers work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays.
Physical abilities to perform the essential functions of the job including:
- Physical strength to restrain and control persons and physically defend self;
- Manual dexterity to operate a motor vehicle or handle tools and guns in the performance of assigned tasks, including keyboarding, grasping and reaching.
- Occasionally lift, push, carry and pull materials, objects or persons weighing up to 100 lbs using proper lifting techniques;
- Frequently sit, stand, walk or ride a bicycle;
- Occasionally run, jump, climb, balance, kneel, crawl or crouch;
- Frequently communicate verbally;
- Uncorrected vision in either eye of 20/100 or better, vision able to be corrected to 20/20 in better eye and 20/30 in lesser eye. Visual acuity including closeness, distance, color, peripheral and depth perception, with the ability to adjust focus and to read a computer screen and typewritten page.
Experience and Training
- 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. (An unofficial transcript will be required during the application process for all schools attended.)
- Bilingual proficiency highly desirable.
Necessary Special Requirements
- 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.
- Must pass physical fitness trainability standards of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
- 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 by time of hire and good driving record. A three-year driving abstract must be submitted prior to hire, with periodic submission of driving abstract per City policy.
- Attainment of the age of 21 years.
- 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.
- Police Officer Recruits must successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
- All City Employees are expected to follow COVID related mandates and requirements.
Step 1: Applicants interested in this position must complete testing through Public Safety Testing. Please visit the Public Safety Testing website (https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/) for information regarding the testing process.
Step 2: This is an open and continuous examination. Candidate scores will be pulled from Public Safety Testing weekly.
Applicants must complete the written exam through Public Safety Testing. The City of Bellingham will use the scoring criteria recommended by Public Safety Testing.
Step 3: Candidates will be invited via email on a weekly basis to complete a City of Bellingham Employment Application. (Please note: if you do not hear from us within one (1) week of testing with Public Safety Testing, please contact Human Resources at (360)778-8229; unofficial transcripts will be required to be submitted with the City of Bellingham application to verify education requirements for the position; the PHS is due by the date/time you apply.)
Qualified candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on the Public Safety Testing written exam score.
The top scoring 15 candidates or the top 25%, whichever is greater, will be referred to the Department for final assessment. (Please note: Due to change in recruitment process, candidates will be referred to the department once the current eligibility list has expired on 9/2/21 or earlier if the list is exhausted; thereafter, candidates will be referred on a regular basis.)
Each candidate placed on the Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain on the register for 2 months from the date of their placement on the register.
Example: John Smith was placed on the eligibility register on April 24, 2021 and will remain on the register through June 23, 2021 while Sue Jones was placed on the eligibility register on May 10, 2021 and will remain on the register through July 9, 2021.
Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not discriminate or make decisions on the basis of an individual’s race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.