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Make a Difference – Become a Police Officer

Answer the call to serve the Spokane community. Become a Spokane Police Officer.

Lateral Entry

Are you currently serving as a law enforcement officer, or have you recently left your officer position in good standing? Are you interested in continuing your career in public safety? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!

Salary

Laterals with less than 5 years of experience start at year 2 on the Police Officer pay scale, which is $31.99/hour or $66,795.12/year. At year 1, you move up to Step 3, $43.65/hour or $91,141.20/year. At year 3, you move to Step 1 in the Senior Police Officer pay scale at $45.67/hour or $95,358.96/year. After year 5, you move to Step 5 in the Senior Police Officer pay scale at $46.59/hour or $97,279.92/year.

Laterals with 5 years or more experience, start at Step 3 in the Senior Police Officer pay scale at $43.65/hour or $91,141.20. At year 3, you move to Step 1 in the Senior Police Officer pay scale at $45.67/hour or $95,358.96/yearl. At year 5, you move to Step 5 in the Senior Police Officer pay scale at $46.59/hour or $97,279.92/year.

More information on pay incentives and benefits below.

Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a state-issued Basic Law Enforcement certificate and have two years of sworn, non-military, patrol officer experience.
  • Applicants must be currently employed as a law enforcement officer or have left such employment in good standing, and have a valid law enforcement commission at the time of hire.
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be a United States citizen.
  • Applicants must be certified by the police physician as physically fit to perform the prescribed duties. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be 20 years of age at application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment; within normal weight range for height.
  • Physical requirements for this position, including eyesight, hearing, and other physical abilities are consistent with state law and guidelines. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.

Lateral applicants from states other than Washington:

  • Must have the ability to obtain Basic or Equivalency Law Enforcement certification by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission within the probationary period.

Open Entry

Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If so, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!

Salary

Starting salary is $28.12/hour or $58,714.56/year. Salary at year two: $66,795. Salary at year three: $91,141

More information on Pay incentives and benefits below.

Requirements

  • Completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Must be 20 years of age at application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment; within normal weight range for height.
  • Physical requirements for this position, including eyesight, hearing, and other physical abilities are consistent with state law and guidelines. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and be a United States citizen.
  • Take and Pass the Public Safety Written Exam. Be sure to have your score sent to Spokane Police Department

Certified Open Entry

Have you successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy? Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If you answered yes to these questions, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!

Salary

Starting salary is $28.12/hour or $58,714.56/year. Salary at year two: $66,795. Salary at year three: $91,141

Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the open requirements (except the Public Safety Written Exam)
  • Have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy
  • Have a valid WSCJTC BLEA certification at the time of hire
  • No prior law enforcement experience is required.

Salary Info

Police Officer
Year Hourly Monthly Yearly
1 $28.12 $4,892.88 $58,714.56
2 $31.99 $5,566.26 $66,795.12
3 $43.65 $7,595.10 $91,141.20
Senior Police Officer
Year Hourly Monthly Yearly
1 $45.67 $7,946.58 $95,358.96
5 $46.59 $8,106.66 $97,279.92
10 $47.50 $8,265.00 $99,180.00
15 $48.41 $8,423.34 $101,080.08
20 $49.32 $8,581.68 $102,980.16
25 $50.24 $8,741.76 $104,901.12
30 $51.16 $8,901.84 $106,822.08
  • Entry level and lateral officers both start on the Police Officer scale.
  • Lateral Officers with less than five years of experience start at "Year 2" level.
  • Lateral officers with more than five years of experience start at "Year 3" level.
  • After three years of service with SPD, all lateral officers receive "service advancement" to the Year 1 level of Senior Police Officer. Entry level officers receive service advancement after five years of service with SPD

Pay Incentives

Longevity - Years of Service Percent

  • After 5 Years 2%
  • After 10 Years 4%
  • After 15 Years 6%
  • After 20 Years 8%
  • After 25 years 10%
  • After 30 years 12%

Education

  • AA or AS = 1%
  • BA or BS = 2%

Shift Differential

  • Swing Shift = .75%
  • Power Shift = 1.5%
  • Graveyard Shift = 2.25%

Specialty Units

  • SWAT, TAC, Motors, K9, FTO, Hostage Negotiators = 3%
  • EDU (Bomb Squad) = 6%

Other Incentives

  • Tuition reimbursement for completion of law enforcement college coursework, including graduate degrees
  • The City of Spokane contributes 6.2% into a 457 deferred compensation program with only a 4% match

Benefits

Our benefit package includes Medical/Vision, Dental, Long Term Disability, Retirement, Matching Deferred Compensation, Life Insurance, Vacation/Sick Leave, Paid Holiday, Uniforms provided, Education and Training Opportunities.

Choice of PPO or HMO Health Plan: approximately $160/month for a family of four.
Washington State LEOFF 2 retirement
No contribution to Social Security

Vacation
New officer vacation accrues at 5.69 hours per pay period, which is 148 hours. Officer recieve 40 floating holiday per year. That is 188 hours off year one!

Work Schedule

Working a 10 hour 40 minute shift allows for officers work 15 days a month and have two consecutive weekends off (5 days on, 4 days off, 5 days on, 4 days off, 5 days on, 5 days off.)


SPD Physical Ability Test Requirements

All candidates must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT). View the PAT guidelines for more information.

The PAT will be typically administered in the following order:

  1. 300 meter run
  2. Push-ups
  3. Sit-ups
  4. 1.5 mile run/walk

Contact Information

Questions about the hiring process or the department in general? Please contact our Recruiting Department.

Spokane Police Academy
spdrecruiting@spokanepolice.org
509.742.8122

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