* The Base Pay Above Does Not Include Holiday Pay, Longevity Pay, Education Level, Uniform Allowance, Shift Differential And Overtime. Cops Can Potentially Earn More Than The Figure Above Suggest.
The percentile wage estimate below is the value of a wage below which certain percent of workers fall. Data collected from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018)
The 720 hour Basic Academy curriculum is designed to provide recruit officers with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for safe, proper and effective law enforcement service. Instructional blocks include: Criminal Law and Procedures; Traffic Enforcement; Cultural Awareness; Communication Skills; Emergency Vehicle Operations Course; Firearms; Crisis Intervention; Patrol Procedures; Criminal Investigation and Defensive Tactics.
The information below is subject to change, and may have already changed. Please visit the official webpage of the law enforcement agency that you’re interested in working for.
Becoming a member of the Washington State Patrol places you in an exclusive group within the law enforcement community. The Washington State Patrol was the third state law enforcement agency in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
A Trooper’s Mission and Responsibilities:
To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
Phase One consists of two written examinations. Applicants are notified in writing of test dates.
The first examination is designed to evaluate an applicant’s judgement and common sense. The examination contains situational questions with multiple-choice answers.
The second examination is a learning ability test, designed to evaluate the candidate’s observation skills, written communication skills, and reading comprehension. The test also asks information about the candidate’s background and personality.
Those applicants with qualifying accumulative scores advance to Phase Two. They are instructed to complete a background questionnaire and are scheduled, if possible, for the next phase prior to departing from Phase One.
Phase Two consists of an oral interview within two weeks of Phase One, but may be scheduled up to one month later.
The oral interview consists of general personal background questions and situational questions requiring the applicant to formulate a response to solve or deal with a given problem.
The height and weight of the applicants are checked to ensure they meet departmental standards. Applicants are notified within two to three weeks if their accumulative scores have advanced them into Phase Three.
Phase Three consists of a pre-employment polygraph examination and an extensive background investigation.
Applicants who pass through Phases One, Two, and Three and obtain enough cumulative points will be placed on the eligibility roster.
Applicants who pass through Phases One, Two, and Three, but did not obtain enough cumulative points to be placed on the eligibility roster, may retest six months from the time of the written test.
Applicants on the eligibility roster may be given a conditional offer of employment approximately one month before hiring begins. Hiring of an applicant is contingent upon the successful completion of Phase Four.
Phase Four consists of a medical examination, a post-offer psychological test, and a psychological interview with the department psychologist. Applicants must also provide proof of a current TB (tuberculosis) test. Females are required to deliver results of a recent pap smear test.
Upon passing Phase Four, the applicant is given an offer of employment to the position of trooper cadet.
Trooper cadets are assigned to full-time paid positions with either the Commercial Vehicle Division, Mansion Security, or other positions as needed. Trooper Basic Training is not guaranteed, since trooper cadets are selected to basic training on a competitive basis. The selection process may consist of an academy history questionnaire, physical fitness test, and an oral interview.
Trooper cadets become commissioned as troopers after successfully completing approximately seven months of Trooper Basic Training, which is conducted at the Washington State Patrol Academy located in Shelton, Washington.
Training is provided in the following areas:
Upon graduation, each newly commissioned trooper is assigned to patrol duty in one of the State Patrol’s eight districts located throughout the state.
In addition to the monthly salaries listed below, commissioned employees are also eligible for longevity, specialty, shift differential, and educational pay.
The Washington State Patrol offers a variety of specialty assignments, which are available to all commissioned officers.
Non-probationary commissioned officers with four years of experience can compete for detective assignments in the following specialties:
The following evaluation is part of the examination procedure for employment with the Washington State Patrol. A personal background evaluation requires you to provide the following information at the time of application. All information provided on the evaluation will be verified by polygraph examination.
Untruthful responses OR excessive prior drug use will result in your rejection.
“Possession” is defined as control, touching, holding, selling, or trafficking (transportation for sale) any illegal (non-prescribed) drug.
All full-time commissioned law enforcement personnel of a city, county, or political subdivision of the state of Washington, unless otherwise exempted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, shall as a condition of continued employment successfully complete a basic law enforcement academy sponsored or conducted by the commission, or obtain a certificate of equivalent basic training from the commission.
* Excludes volunteers and reserve officers (paid or unpaid) and Washington State Patrol.
Before you can become a police officer, you must complete 720 hours of basic law enforcement academy (BLEA) training within six-months of hire to the law enforcement agency you are employing with. All academy recruits must be physically able to actively and fully participate in the defensive drills as well as other required physical activities in accordance with WAC 139-05-230. The Criminal Justice Training Commission currently requires passing of a variation of the Cooper Test for entry to the academy. Most law enforcement agencies require that you:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Be 21 years of age or older.
3. Have a high school diploma or GED.
4. Have a valid Washington State driver’s license.
Keep in mind, we are a state government training facility, we do not employ police officers or sheriff’s deputies. You may want to contact individual law enforcement agencies in the area to request their entry-level requirements.
We are the only police academy in Washington State; however, there is a separate academy, in Shelton, conducted by the Washington State Patrol.
Personnel initially employed on or after January 1, 1990, shall commence basic training during the first six-months of employment unless the basic training requirement is otherwise waived or extended by the commission. Successful completion of basic training is requisite to the continuation of employment of such personnel initially employed on or after January 1, 1990.
The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission is responsible for the conduct of the basic law enforcement academy and to therein certify, to and for the state of Washington, those officers who have demonstrated the ability and suitability requisite to law enforcement service and the publics trust.
The Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy will not accept Jane Doe or John Doe applications. In order to be processed, all applications must be received from the sponsoring agency prior to the posted selection date.
The application will be reviewed on the selection date and the criteria used for class selection will include the following:
1. Mandated/Non-mandated agency status.
2. Officers or deputies nearing the six-month requirement.
3. Date of application.
4. Size of sponsoring agency.
5. Statements of agency need and/or hardship.
In accordance with that responsibility, and to ensure the continuing integrity and credibility of the basic academy program, no individual shall be granted academy admission or allowed continued participation if such individual, in adult status, has been convicted of a felony offense, or has been convicted of a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
For this purpose, the term “convicted” shall include any disposition adverse to the subject, except a decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal; provided, however, that a dismissal entered after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of sentence shall be considered a disposition adverse to the subject.
The term “felony offense” shall include any act or omission, which is classified as a felony by the laws of the jurisdiction in which such act or omission occurred, or for which imprisonment in a federal or state penitentiary could have been imposed.
It shall be the responsibility of each sponsoring or applying agency to request a complete criminal records check to include a search of state and national criminal history records information regarding its applicant through the submission of the applicant’s fingerprints to an appropriate action agency or agencies.
Each application for academy attendance shall be accompanied by a written attestation by the applying agency that (1) the aforementioned criminal records check has been effected regarding the individual for which academy application is being made, and (2) that such search indicated the absence of any felony conviction or other disqualifying conviction.
No exception to, or variance from, the above requirements or the prohibition that is provided, will be granted without the approval of the training commission.
Physical Ability Test (PAT)
Each successful applicant for admission to a basic law enforcement academy sponsored or conducted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission shall possess good health and physical capability to actively and fully participate in defensive tactics training and other required physical activities. In order to minimize risk of injury and maximize the benefit of such participation, each recruit in any academy session shall, as a precondition of his or her academy attendance, demonstrate a requisite level of physical fitness, as established by the training commission.
For this purpose, each academy applicant shall be evaluated in the assessment areas of aerobic capacity, strength, and flexibility, in accordance with the requirements and procedures established by the training commission.
Failure to demonstrate a requisite level of fitness will result in ineligibility for academy admissions and/or attendance.
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