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Lateral Police Officer

Tukwila, Washington



Tukwila Police Department

6200 Southcenter Boulevard

Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206-433-7187

Fax: 206-244-6181





Salary: $65,136 - $85,344

Population: 20,000

Sworn Officers: 72

Application Deadline: Open




Salary Information:


$6,005 for Lateral Police Officer. There are additional pay incentives for specialty assignments.



Benefit Information:


Employees are offered a competitive and comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Medical,Dental and Vision Coverage.

  • Life & Disability Insurance.

  • LEOFF Retirement System.

  • Paid Holiday, Medical Leave and Vacation.

  • Master Police Officer Incentive Plan.

  • Deferred Compensation Plans.

  • Department Provided Uniforms and Equipment.

  • Flexible Spending Account - Section 125 Plan.


Community Information:


Tukwila is a small city in terms of square miles (approx. 8.6) and residential population (18,000), but is much larger in every other respect. Located just south of Seattle and minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport, Tukwila is home to one of the nation's largest retail complexes. We have a thriving business community that includes retail, office, distribution, and heavy and light manufacturing. Our daytime population approaches 140,000, except during the holiday shopping season, when that figure increases significantly.


Tukwila is centrally located for outstanding recreational opportunities. A short drive north leads to world-class major league sports facilities. Traveling east or west leads to water, mountains, and unlimited recreational activities during all four seasons. Tukwila is an ideal place to live, work, or shop.



Department Information:


Following the department vision of "A world-class police department delivering professional law enforcement service," the Tukwila Police Department is accredited and fully committed to community policing in our urban/suburban environment. We responded to just under 27,000 calls for service in 2011. Our Officers are assigned to Uniformed Patrol, Traffic Enforcement (motorcycles), Major Crimes Investigation (detectives), Anti-Crime Team (narcotic/vice enforcement), K-9, School Resource Officer, Crime Prevention, and Training. Additionally our Officers serve as members of the Valley Special Response Team (SWAT), Crisis Communication Team, Civil Disturbance Unit, and instruct D.A.R.E. in our elementary schools.



Chief's Message:


The men and women of the Tukwila Police Department are committed to providing professional law enforcement services and promoting a safe and secure city. We have the pleasure of serving one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation. We also have the opportunity of serving a resident population of about 20,000 and thriving business communities that swell our daytime population to nearly 200,000.


My philosophy has two parts: to complete our law enforcement mission, and to maintain a healthy and capable police force. The department's mission is to prevent crime and disorder. This mission is completed through a variety of efforts that include a professional presence in the community, general and proactive enforcement of laws, quality criminal investigations, public safety education, crime prevention initiatives, accurate records management, and effective community partnerships and problem solving.


The second tenet of my philosophy is to maintain a healthy and capable police force. I am committed to the well-being of our people, because the department will reach its greatest successes with a healthy team.



Area Information:


Population Size:


20,000 residents, with a daytime pop. of approx. 200,000 people









The City of Tukwila offers a comprehensive benefit package to all regular full-time and regular part-time employees and their eligible dependents, including domestic partners (DP) and domestic partnerís children (a tax penalty applies to the domestic partner portion of the premium). Part-time employees pay a pro-rated share of the premium.


Employees have the option of choosing from the Cityís self-insured plan that is administered by Healthcare Management Administrators (HMA) and is part of the Regence Preferred Provider network; or Group Health Cooperative an HMO, for medical and prescription coverage.


The dental plan is provided through the Cityís self-insured plan and covers preventative, basic, and restorative services to an annual maximum of $2,000. An incentive level applies to these services ranging from 70% to a maximum of 100% coverage. Orthodontia is available for dependent children to age 19.


Vision coverage is provided through the Cityís self-insured plan and includes an annual eye exam and a $400 per family allowance for vision hardware or contact lenses.





Sick Leave:


Upon date of employment uniformed police employees receive 12 days of sick leave. After the 13th month of continuous employment, sick leave accrues at 4 hours per pay period to a maximum of 720 hours.




After one year of service uniformed police employees receive 96 hours of vacation. Additional shifts of vacation are earned for completed years of service to a maximum of 184 hours earned annually after 25 years.




Uniformed police patrol employees receive an annual holiday bank of 128 hours and may use the hours to take time off or receive pay or a combination of both.





Education incentive pay is available for non-probationary police officers holding a degree in an approved field of study. Tuition reimbursement may be available for courses in approved fields of study.





Membership in the Washington State Retirement System LEOFF 2 plan is required. The employee and employer both contribute to the plan. Deferred Compensation Program (457B): Employees may choose to set aside a portion of their earnings on a tax-deferred basis for retirement purposes. The City offers three investment programs: Mass Mutual, ICMA-RC, and Security Benefits Group.





A basic life insurance policy of $25,000 is provided for uniformed police employees at no cost.

Supplemental life insurance is available at group rates through payroll deduction for employees and their dependents.

A long term disability (LTD) policy is provided through the Tukwila Police Officers' Guild.





The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows employees to set aside a portion of their salary, tax-deferred, to pay for out of pocket medical expenses; dependent care expenses (child and adult); and adoption expenses.





The City of Tukwila contracts with an outside agency to provide confidential personal or job related counseling and referral assistance to employees and their eligible dependents at no cost.





Longevity is available through the Master Police Officer plan and requires combinations of years of service and college quarter or semester credits.





The City of Tukwila issues and maintains uniforms and equipment for each commissioned police officer under a quartermaster system.





Commuter Incentive:


Subsidized ORCA passes for those commuting to work by train or bus 50% of scheduled work days.


Career Opportunities:


The City encourages career development for its employees and, when possible, seeks to promote qualified employees from within the City.


Hours of Work:


Patrol officers work 3 consecutive 12-hour days, followed by 4 consecutive days off followed by 4 consecutive 12-hour days followed by 3 consecutive days off.





Education and Experience:

  1. High school diploma or equivalent and completion of a recognized police training academy or equivalent courses necessary to allow certification with the Washington State Training Commission; AND

  2. A minimum of 18 months current full-time job experience as a salaried commissioned police officer with a certified municipal, country, state or federal law enforcement entity within three years of date of application submitted.


Special Requirements:

  1. Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment;

  2. Must have been employed as a commissioned officer on a full-time basis for a period of time exceeding 18 of the last 36 months at time of application and appointment. Out of state applicants must have the necessary training and experience to become certified with the Washington State Law Enforcement Training Commission;

  3. Must possess, or be able to obtain, by the time of hire, a valid Washington State driverís license without a record of suspension or revocation in any state;

  4. Must be able to pass a medical examination and the Departmentís physical fitness assessment;

  5. Must be a citizen of the United States of America who can read and write the English language.


Appointees will have their training and experience evaluated to determine at which class level the initial appointment for the Lateral placements will be determined. Appointments will be subject to completion of a standard probation period with the Tukwila Police Department.


Selection Guidelines:


Formal application; review of education and experience; physical agility test; written examination; oral examination Civil Service Commission or its designee; background investigation; official officer; medical examination and psychological examination.




  • Ability to accurately shoot department firearms;

  • Ability to walk, run, stoop and bend;

  • Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition

  • Must be able to pass Physical Agility Test



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