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January 4, 2019
City Of Bellingham, Washington
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Please visit the Public Safety Testing website (

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.

The next testing deadline with Bellingham Police Department isJanuary 18, 2019. Candidates mustcomplete testing betweenOctober 1, 2018 andJanuary 18, 2019.

Applicants must complete the written exam and physical ability test through Public Safety Testing prior to the testing deadline.

Salary Information: Recruit salary is $4,950/month. Upon entry to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy salary is $5,445/month.

This recruitment process will create a Civil Service eligibility register that will be used to fill vacancies should they occur.

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.

Full Performance Police Officer:
This position performs fully responsible, professional general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. After a period of formal and on-the-job training, employees in this class are responsible for independent law enforcement duties ranging from average to considerable difficulty and performed under general supervision of a sergeant or other ranking officer.

Work normally involves patrolling in an unaccompanied automobile, motorcycle, bicycle or foot patrol, and/or conducting detailed criminal investigations, traffic regulation, or community policing activities in a designated area on an assigned shift. Work involves a substantial element of danger and requires the responsible exercise of appropriate judgment in meeting critical emergency situations. Employees are sworn to act in behalf of the Police Department and the City of Bellingham and carry firearms in the performance of their duties.

Employees may be directed to work on, lead, or plan special projects or assignments which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge attained through experience as a uniformed officer. Work of this class may be reviewed by superior officers via personal inspection, reviews of reports and/or oral discussion.


  1. Patrols a designated area of City on foot, bicycle, or in an automobile, motorcycle or small watercraft to investigate, deter and/or discover possible violations of criminal and vehicle (and/or boating) traffic laws, codes and/or ordinances. Maintains radio contact with the dispatch center.
  2. Responds to calls, complaints or reports of the actual, possible or potential occurrence of specific criminal activity and takes appropriate action. This may include, but is not limited to, mediating civil disputes or interceding in domestic disturbances; maintaining peace; protecting persons; enforcing traffic laws; apprehending, controlling and arresting persons, including those who are violent and/or emotional; assisting disabled persons, motorists, and others; and providing information and direction.
  3. Participates in community policing activities: gains familiarity with individuals, groups, businesses and special issues of assigned community; meets with and makes presentations to community groups; assists in neighborhood problem-solving projects; and sponsors public education programs and activities.
  4. Administers immediate assistance to citizens in critical and/or emergency situations where the security of lives and/or property may be endangered. In the course of duty, officers are exposed to a range of physical injuries, accidents, child abuse, mental health concerns, or death where they may be required to administer first aid, CPR or other assistance prior to the arrival of emergency services, and to provide support to victims and families.
  5. Secures and controls crime scenes and administers aid, may gather and/or supervise the collection of evidence and witness statements, and arrests or supervises the arrest(s) of suspects.
  6. Appears in court to present evidence and testify against persons accused of crime; maintains or supervises surveillance over suspected criminals; arranges and/or participates in the return of fugitives from other cities or from outside the state.
  7. Develops and maintains required skills through participation in intermediate or advanced training classes in law enforcement methodology, first aid, regular or special weapons/tactics and procedures and related subjects.


  1. Engages in specialized investigative assignments (e.g., Special Investigations Unit [SIU], Juvenile, vice and gambling, homicide, narcotics and organized crime).
  2. Performs specialized assignments (e.g., Crime Prevention, Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE], Canine Unit, etc.).
  3. Works with other law enforcement agencies on special policing assignments and events and/or multi-jurisdiction emergencies as directed.
  4. Performs special operations work such as raids and searches as directed.
  5. Performs related duties as directed.

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.

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.

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.
  • Bilingual proficiency highly desirable.
Necessary Special Requirements

  • Employment contingent upon passing a criminal convictions check, background investigation, polygraph examination and fingerprinting.
  • 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.
  • US 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.
  • This position is represented by a union.
Selection Process

Step 1: Applicants interested in this position must complete testing through Public Safety Testing. Please visit the Public Safety Testing website ( for information regarding the testing process.

Step 2:The next testing deadline with Bellingham Police Department isJanuary 18,2019. Candidates mustcomplete testing betweenOctober 1, 2018 andJanuary 18, 2019.

Applicants must complete the written exam and physical ability test through Public Safety Testing prior to the testing deadline.The City of Bellingham will use the scoring criteria recommended by Public Safety Testing to determine the highest scoring qualified applicants.

Step 3:The top forty (40) active scoring candidateswill be invited via email to complete a City of Bellingham Employment Application. E-mail notification will be sent on/aroundJanuary 24, 2019. (Please note: unofficial transcripts will be required to be submitted with the City of Bellingham application to verify education requirements for the position).

Qualified candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on thePublic Safety Testing written examscore.

The top scoring 15 candidates or the top 25%, whichever is greater, will be referred to the Department for final assessment.

The eligibility register will be valid for twomonths.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

There are many good reasons for working at the City of Bellingham. The work is rewarding and you have an opportunity to serve your community. Another good reason is the great benefits that the City offers its employees. See our benefits section for additional information.
This position is represented by the Police Guild bargaining unit. Specific benefit information including Holidays, Vacation Accruals, Health, Dental and Vision Plans with cost sharing and Deferred Compensation Match can be found in the Police Guild labor agreement.
This position is covered by the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems LEOFF plan. LEOFF requires mandatory employee andCity contributions. Please visit the DRS website for more information on LEOFF.
Civil Service Information
This position is subject to the Bellingham Civil Service Commission. When a vacancy occurs, the top fifteen candidates or the top 25% of the register will be forwarded to the department for further consideration. All new Civil Service employees are subject to a one-year probationary period. A candidate may challenge the scope, content, or method of an examination or test, and a protest may be filed in writing with the Examiner within five (5) days following the date of the challenged examination. A candidate may also challenge the scoring of an examination or test, failure of the candidate on any part of an examination, or clerical error in examination results of any examination or test, and a protest may be filed in writing with the Examiner within five (5) days of notification of the challenged result. The Examiner shall consider all timely filed protests and make appropriate corrections if an error is demonstrated.

Veteran's Scoring Criteria
Applicants who have been honorably discharged from active military duty may be eligible to receive veteran's scoring criteria points as provided by Washington State Law (RCW 41.04.010). Candidates who would like to claim Veteran's Preference points must include a copy of their DD214 with their application.

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