Police Officer - Lateral Entry Job at City of Port Townsend, Port Townsend, WA

  • City of Port Townsend
  • Port Townsend, WA

Job Description


Certification : Graduation from a basic law enforcement training as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

Experience : At least 12 months experience as an active, sworn, municipal, county or state law enforcement officer, and have not been separated from law enforcement for more than 24 months

Physical Requirements : Must be able to perform all essential functions


JOB SUMMARY for all Police Officers

Under the general supervision of a commanding officer, Police Officers are sworn, general authority law enforcement officers who perform a wide variety of public safety and community care-taking duties including preserving the peace, protecting life and property, enforcing laws and ordinances, deterring and preventing crime, investigating criminal activity and providing public safety education.


  • Perform daily job duties according to Washington State laws and department policies and procedures as approved by the Chief of Police.
  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports including sketches using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is a reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information and conduct criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements from victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions; hand guns, long guns and other agency firearms at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards and to include under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotation shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking doors and windows to ensure that they are secure.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings through verbal testimony and preparation in presentation of various exhibits.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis for criminal offenses and infractions and would indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and protective custody mental and/or substance abuse patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Refers unusual problems and situations to a supervisor.


  • Knowledge of basic principles and procedures of crime prevention, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of laws, RCW, City Code, City Rules, City Regulations and Department Policies and Procedures.
  • Ability to learn and understand laws of arrest, search and seizure and rules of evidence.
  • Ability to respond quickly and exercise sound judgment in emergency situations.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in decision-making.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of physical restraint of other persons.
  • Ability to use weapons safely and accurately.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative and responsible attitude toward co-workers and general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the ability to prepare and process citations, affidavits, warrants and investigative reports.
  • Ability to physically perform the work assignments.
  • Skills in computer and word processing software operation.
  • Skills in problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to drive vehicles and operate all related job equipment.




  • High school graduate or GED.
  • Washington State driver's license at time of employment.
  • Minimum 21 years of age at time of employment.
  • Submit to and pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological examination, physical agility test and a full physical examination prior to employment.
  • No felony convictions, or convictions for misdemeanors involving moral turpitude.
  • Current first aid card and CPR Certification at time of appointment.
  • Successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission approved Basic Academy.


  • Employees in this job description are required to maintain all mandatory job related certifications to include but not limited to Washington State Peace Officer Certification, firearms qualification, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Washington State driver's license.



Must be able to perform all of the essential job functions at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements. This requires a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility and strength. Work may involve exposure to contagions and contaminants when assisting accident victims and performing other duties. Duties are frequently performed outside on patrol, in a patrol vehicle, and in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment can be distracting.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Punctual and consistent attendance.
  • Possess a Washington Driver's License and maintain a driving record acceptable to the City's insurance carrier.
  • Dress and grooming appropriate to the position.
  • Safety attire, equipment and practices appropriate to the position.
  • Deal tactfully and respectfully with the public.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees. 

The City of Port Townsend is an equal employment opportunity employer. The City employs, retains, promotes, disciplines and otherwise treats all employees and job applicants strictly on the basis of job-related qualifications and competence. These policies and all employment practices shall be applied without regard to any individual's sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation (including gender identity), pregnancy, age, marital status, military status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed. The employee occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisors.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee and is subject to change as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

Job Tags

Full time, Outdoor, Flexible hours, Shift work, Night shift, Rotating shift,

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