City of Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens , WA
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Lateral Police Officer

City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens, WA Full-time
Posted on July 12, 2018

Position Purpose


Salary: Depends on experience

Provide a wide range of police services to the public including, but not limited to: enforcing laws, protecting life and property, maintaining peace and order, providing public service, crime prevention, and investigating civil and criminal matters.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide service to the public relating directly to public safety including providing assistance, answering questions, make referrals to other services, and solving community problems
  • Patrol the city to detect and prevent crime, stop unlawful behavior, enforce traffic laws, and find conditions that are hazardous to the community 
  • Respond to calls for service and take appropriate action following established policy, procedure and current professional practices
  • Interview victims, witnesses, and suspects and document their statements regarding criminal and civil matters
  • Enforce City ordinances, State RCWs, Federal laws and court decisions
  • Apprehend offenders including making physical arrests and overcoming their resistance
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the community including people, businesses, geographical features, and current problem areas
  • Use computers to create accurate, thorough and complete cases, reports, logs and other documentation that will be referred to the prosecutor or appropriate authorities
  • Provide assistance to other city departments, public safety agencies and government agencies
  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position

Peripheral Duties:

  • Provide training to part-time police officers, explorer scouts and volunteers
  • Present programs relating to crime prevention, traffic and boating safety, and drug awareness or police operations that include public speaking, organizing meetings, and creating written material

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those and employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and  smell.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; near explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to law enforcement
  • Knowledge of structure, organization and interrelationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions
  • Skills in the operation and understanding of personal computers and typical office equipment
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable and reliable attendance during scheduled hours
  • Ability to participate as a contributing member of a service-oriented team.
  • Ability to type 35 words per minute is preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to manage circumstances involving conflict and hostile people
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of people who may be under stress, have emotional or mental disorders, or are impaired by drugs or medication
  • Ability to demonstrate positive and effective interaction and communication with individuals of diverse social and economic backgrounds
  • Ability to use sound judgment under stress
  • Ability to evaluate a number of factors and solve problems using deductive reasoning
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills with tact, patience and courtesy

Qualifications for Experienced Candidates:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Prefer a minimum of 45 quarter or 30 semester college credits towards a relevant college degree


  • Currently employed, or has been employed within the last 24 months, as a full-time, civilian law enforcement officer with a city, county, state or federal agency who has successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy           
  • OR
  • Prior training qualifies candidate to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy

Licenses and Other Requirements:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • A minimum of 21 years of age
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License and the ability to obtain a Washington State Driver's License within 30 days of hire
  • Ability to pass a variety of exams, such as physical fitness, psychological evaluation, medical, and polygraph
  • Ability to pass a background investigation
  • Able to work variable shifts including nights, weekends and holiday hours
  • Commence basic training during the first six months of employment
  • Successfully complete basic training and maintain certification as a peace officer
  • Successfully complete field training program


Supplemental Information

If you're claiming Veteran's Scoring Criteria, return the Veteran's Scoring Criteria Declaration and applicable attachments along with your application.