We are hiring! Entry-level testing is now available at National Testing Network. Please be sure to fill out the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) when you apply for the written and PAT exam with National Testing Network. We anticipate holding oral boards in January and are looking to hire 2-3 entry-level officers at this time. Lateral testing is currently on hold.
If you have employment related questions regarding the department that aren’t answered below, please contact our department recruiter Officer Masters at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Department is available on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts @TukwilaPD
ENTRY LEVEL – $75,600 starting salary. Applicants interested in testing for open Entry-Level Police Officer positions must test with National Testing Network. National Testing Network will conduct the written and physical agility tests and then send passing scores to the Tukwila Civil Service Examiner. As staffing needs arise, the department will invite those whose scores have been received by the Tukwila Civil Service Examiner to begin the rest of the testing process. The process includes an oral board, chief’s interview, background investigation, polygraph examination, written and oral psychological exams and a medical exam. The entire process can take 2-6 months. We do NOT use the video based portion of the exam. However per National Testing Network policy, you will still be required to take the video based portion of the exam. Please review ALL portions of the automatic disqualification list prior to testing to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications.
LATERAL CANDIDATES – Lateral testing is currently on hold.
$5,000 hiring bonus for qualified laterals. $83,640/year starting salary
LATERAL ENTRY – Continuous testing is conducted for Lateral Entry Police Officers. Applicants will be contacted as vacancies become available. For out of state lateral entry candidates that are currently employed as full-time commissioned law enforcement officers as outlined below, we cover the cost of airfare and lodging to participate in the expedited testing process. We are currently offering a $5,000.00 signing bonus to qualified lateral candidates. Follow this link to apply. Testing for lateral entry candidates consists of a pre-screen phone interview, written exam, oral board, background investigation, polygraph examination, written and oral psychological exams and a medical exam. The testing is scheduled at your convenience.
To be eligible as a lateral entry candidate, you must meet the following requirements;
- Must have been employed as a commissioned law enforcement officer on a full-time basis with a municipal, county or WSCJTC approved federal agency for a period of time exceeding 24 of the last 36 months (post academy experience) at the time of application. Reserve Officers, Auxiliary Officers, Special Police Officers, Hospital Police Officers, Correction Officers and Military Police (MP) Officers do not qualify for lateral entry. Tribal officers who are not currently certified by the WSCJTC do not qualify for lateral entry.
- Academy training that meets the requirements to participate in the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center’s (WSCJTC) Equivalency Academy as outlined here by the WSCJTC.
- Lateral Entry applicants must have successfully completed a field training program (FTO or PTO) and be a non-probationary officer.
- Lateral Entry applicants who have active internal investigations or are on administrative leave with their current agency should wait until their investigations are closed and are returned to full active duty status before applying.
- If you are currently a law enforcement officer but do not meet the time in-service requirements of a Lateral Police Officer, you may qualify to test as an Exceptional Entry candidate. Exceptional Entry candidates should apply as an Entry Level Police Officer.
- Lateral Entry applicants who are not currently employed as a full-time law enforcement officer are not eligible to receive the $5,000 hiring bonus.
Patrol officers work a set 12-hour 3 on 3 off/4 on 4 off schedule. Shift rotations are 6 months in length and shift bidding is by seniority. The way the schedule works is that you always have the same work days during the week with the exception of every other Saturday for the duration of the rotation.
Specialty Assignments work a 10-hour 4 day schedule.
Salary and Benefits
Entry-Level officers start at Police Officer (PO) 5. Lateral-entry officers start at Police Officer (PO) 3 on a (PO)1 – (PO)5 scale.
Education Incentive Pay
-2% A.A. or A.S. degree (approved field of study)
-4% B.A. or B.S. degree (approved field of study)
-5% specialty pay for specialty assignments (SWAT, Community Police Team (CPT), Major Crimes Unit (MCU), Traffic Unit, Tukwila Anti-Crime Team (TAC), K-9, School Resource Officer (SRO), Taskforce, PIO/Recruiter, Training Coordinator.
Vacation – 96 hours accrued annually at 4 hours per pay-period.
Sick Leave – 96 hours annually (Effective upon hire). After 12th month, sick leave is accrued at 8 hours per month (4 per pay period). Max of 720 hours (90 days) of sick leave accrual.
Holiday Bank – 128 holiday bank hours annually. Patrol officers may use these hours as leave time or receive pay in lieu of time off or a combination of both.
Kelly Days – 110 Kelly Day hours annually. Patrol officers may use these hours as leave time or receive pay in lieu of time off or a combination of both.
-City paid medical premiums for medical/dental/optical healthcare plans.
-Benefits effective at hire date
-City self-insured policy through HMA or Kaiser Permanente
-Domestic partners are eligible for benefits
Uniforms & Equipment
-All uniforms and equipment are supplied by the department including duty belt/pouches, hats, boots, flashlight, vest, firearms, handcuffs, ammo.
-Jumpsuit will be provided as an option at the completion of probation.
-Department issued iPhone for official duty use.
-Glock 17 and patrol rifle are issued to all officers.
-Taser X26P or X2 are issued to all officers
-External load-bearing vests are authorized for duty wear. They must be purchased by the officer however through the department vendor.
-Patrol fleet consisting of fully equipped Ford Explorer Police Interceptors.
-$250 dry cleaning allowance provided annually.
-Entry-level officers must attend the WSCJTC Basic Training academy upon hire.
-Lateral-entry officers must attend a 2-week WSCJTC Equivalency academy within 6 months of hire.
-Officers have the option to attend twice weekly optional Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) training sessions taught by our GST certified instructors.
-Officers are allowed to work out on-duty at the Tukwila Police Department gym.
-Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Gracie Survival Tactics, CPR/1st Aid, EVOC, Law, Active Shooter and other trainings are conducted throughout the year.
-Officers may submit requests to attend training sessions, workshops and training opportunities hosted by the WSCJTC or outside training companies.