Kathleen Myers

Spokane Police Department is hiring! Laterals and entry level officers

Kathleen Myers, Special Projects Coordinator, Civil Service, 509.625.6169

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10:31 a.m.

The Spokane Police Department (SPD) is currently recruiting for Police Officers and Lateral Police Officers!

A career with SPD not only provides excellent benefits but also makes a significant impact on the communities we serve. If serving your community and making a difference sounds like a career for you, apply today!

Application Process:
  1. Meet all Open Requirements listed below.
  2. Sign up with Public Safety Testing (PST), take and pass the written examination for Police Officers.
  3. Take and pass the Physical Ability Test for Police Officers.
  4. Complete and submit an application with the City of Spokane Civil Service Office.
  5. Completion of the Personal History Statement from PST.
  6. Completion credit history check, criminal and traffic records check, employment verification, pass employer reference checks and personal reference checks.
  7. Oral Board interview.
  8. Interview with Background investigator.
  9. Conditional Offer of Employment.
  10. Background investigation.
  11. Polygraph.
  12. Medical screening.
  13. Psychological testing.
  14. Review by Chief of Police.
  15. Attend and pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy right here in Spokane!
Open Requirements:
  • Education: Applicants must have completed 45 quarter or 30 semester credit hours of coursework from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of C or 2.0, which includes at least 5 quarter or 3 semester credit hours of college English.
  • Licenses & Certifications: Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Medical: Applicants must be certified by the Police Physician as physically fit to perform the prescribed duties.
  • Other: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  • $48,587 annual starting salary with an increase to $76,921 after 5 years.
  • 148 hours of paid vacation earned after your first year plus 40 hours of paid floating holidays.
  • 10/40 rotating patrol schedule with 4-5 days off between work weeks and two weekends off per month!
  • Up to 6% specialty pay for being assigned to SWAT, K-9, Field Training Officer, Explosive Disposal Unit, Tactical l Team, Motor Officer and Hostage Negotiation Team.
  • Premium Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits for officer and their family.
  • Shift Premium pay up to 2.25%.
  • Education incentive pay for AA, AS, BA or BS degree up to 2%.
  • Matching Deferred Compensation retirement investment up to 4%.
  • Full State Retirement Pension eligibility stating at age 53.
  • Paid military leave.
  • Life insurance.
  • Annual shift bid based on seniority.
  • Tuition reimbursement for job related college courses.
  • Accrued paid sick leave.
  • Promotional opportunities to Detective, Corporal and Sergeant starting after 4-5 years.
  • Lateral Police Officers start at $55,269-$75,418.

If you have questions about the hiring process, please reach out, we are here to help. Call or email Civil Service at, civilservice@spokanecity.org, 509.625.6160.

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