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Lateral Police Officer
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City of Auburn | Auburn, WA
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Job Description

Position Details

This position is responsible for general police work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, maintenance of order, and prevention and investigation of crimes. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures and duty assignments. The work normally consists of performing duties within a designated area on an assigned shift, routine patrol, traffic regulations, crime prevention, and investigations on motorcycles, bicycle, other conveyance for which training has been received, or on foot.

Work involves a substantial element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion in emergencies. All assignments in this class involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of police functions, for tactful and courteous treatment of the public, and for conscientious and efficient performance of duties under little direct supervision. Employees may be assigned to work on special assignments, which call upon specialized ability and knowledge usually attained through experience as a uniformed Police Officer. Assignments and general and special instructions are received from superior officers who review work by personal inspection, checking reports, and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the employee and the entire police service.

Hiring Bonus: Effective January 1, 2019, the City shall pay a hiring bonus of $5,000 for experienced police officers recruited to the City in two equal installments of $2,500. The first installment shall occur upon meeting the requirements for the Equivalency Academy (medical clearance and firearms qualification); the second successful completion of the one-year probationary period.

Primary Duties

* Responds to emergency and routine calls for service.
* Performs computer inquiries from the patrol vehicle and stationary terminals.
* Thoroughly and clearly documents incidents and actions by writing reports, field interview cards, and daily logs.
* Patrols assigned areas; patrols business districts and residential neighborhoods to provide an element of safety through obvious visibility; looks for crimes or potential crimes in progress; prevents crimes as necessary.
* Acts as a primary investigator of all crimes occurring with assigned areas; makes arrests when warranted; may use varying degrees of physical force to overcome resisting suspects and to protect oneself and/or others from injury.
* Pursues fleeing suspects on foot and in vehicles; performs rescue and pursuit operations, which may involve quickly entering and exiting patrol vehicles; climbing over and pulling oneself up and over obstacles; jumping down from elevated obstacles; climbing through openings; jumping; and using physical force to gain entry through barriers.
* Takes immediate action to remedy hazards and protect life and property; must be able to physically hear conversations, instructions, and common warnings; must have adequate vision to effectively perform police functions, even during the evening and in times of low light.
* Investigates and/or handles complaints including, but not limited to, family disputes, juvenile disputes, and mentally-challenged persons; provides basic first aid and resuscitation to injured people.
* Must be prepared and capable of physical exertion to protect themselves and provide immediate life-saving measures to others.
* Stops traffic violators and takes appropriate action; identifies suspicious individuals and questions their activities; apprehends violators and offenders of the law, sometimes involving a substantial element of danger.
* Attempts to tactfully diffuse any verbal or physical abuse, which may occur in the course of performing work assignments; endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others in the work environment.
* Communicates effectively orally and in writing, even in court and other formal settings.
* Searches for lost or wanted people over varying terrain and conditions for extended periods of time; searches include, but are not limited to, people, vehicles, buildings, large outdoor areas, which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking, standing, and/or running for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and people.
* Determines when a lawful search or arrest can or should be attempted; determines when and to what extent physical force should be used, as governed by law and department regulations, which may include the use of flexcuffs, hairholds, and impact weapons; must be able to recognize when the application of deadly force is appropriate under the state law and departmental policy; must have the mental and physical abilities to employ deadly force in order to protect human life.
* Physically directs traffic when necessary; investigates traffic accidents in various weather and traffic conditions; places temporary traffic control devices as needed.
* Develops knowledge about offenders and correlates reported offenses; recovers lost or stolen property; may be required to loft and/or move recovered items; prepares affidavits for search warrants; interviews witnesses and suspects; develops and uses informants and other investigative aids; appears in court to present evidence and testify against people accused of crimes.
* Provides assistance and referrals for domestic violence cases, indigent persons, and/or stranded individuals.
* Maintains knowledge of both civil and criminal including City ordinances and applicable federal and state laws and WAC rules; department policies and procedures; City of Auburn geography and street locations; laws of arrest, search and seizure, including legal ramification of actions taken; principles of crime and accident prevention; basic techniques of criminal investigation; and identification and preservation of evidence.
* Must be able to use and carry firearms, efficiently and safely operate a police vehicle and other police equipment; analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately; maintain control in stressful, hostile, and hazardous conditions, enforce all applicable laws, prepare clear and concise reports; cope with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully with respect for the rights of others; and maintain standards of physical fitness.
* Must be able to use the following including, but not limited to, computers, handcuffs, pepper spray, taser gun, gun belt, bullet proof vest, shotgun, rifle, hand gun, on-board camera, and radio.
* Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance
* Due to internal and external customer service needs, the incumbent must be able to work a full time schedule, onsite (appropriate City worksites). Work hours may include varied hours and/or additional hours as needed.
* Works effectively under pressure and with frequent interruptions.
* Completes work and projects in a thorough and timely manner.
* Understands and follows directions from supervisors, posted work rules and procedures.
* Administers emergency first aid to injured or incapacitated persons as needed; may be required to utilize AED equipment.
* Works courteously and effectively with public officials, citizens, representatives of other agencies, supervisors, other employees and the general public, both in person and over the telephone; assisting them with a wide variety of information pertaining to City and department.
* Performs related work as required.
* = Primary function.

Minimum Qualifications

Since this position works within a Washington state law enforcement agency, applicants must successfully pass a comprehensive pre-employment background check process, including a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation, credit check, and a medical physical, including a drug-screening test.

* All applicants must be Basic Law Enforcement Training graduates or equivalent as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
* Possess a high school diploma, or equivalent.
* United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
* Be at least 20-1/2 years of age at the time of application and must be 21 years of age by date of hire
* Be able to fluently read and write the English language using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
* Be able to meet all Civil Service Rules and Regulations, including the physical requirements listed in Rule 21.01
* Possess a valid driver's license
* Qualify quarterly for firearms; CPR certification annually; BAC verifier certification
* Must be able to qualify for Access Certification


The timeframes listed below are based on the date of application with the Auburn Police Department.


* Three or more traffic crime convictions in last 10 years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
* Pattern of speeding tickets or other driving infractions.

Drug Use:

* Marijuana: An applicant has used Marijuana within the past twelve (12) months.
* Ecstasy: An applicant has used Ecstasy or Molly within three (3) prior to the date they took/take the related Police Officer Civil Service Exam (Taken in an experimental capacity only).
* Cocaine: An applicant has used cocaine within the five (5) years prior to the date they took/take the related Police Officer Civil Service Exam (Taken in an experimental capacity only).
* Club Drugs: An applicant has used ANY club drugs such as, but not limited to: Ketamine, GHB, or Rohypnol within the five (5) years prior to the date they took/take the related Police Officer Civil Service Exam (Taken in an experimental capacity only).
* Hallucinogens: An applicant has used ANY hallucinogens; LSD, Mushrooms, or Psilocybin, within the five (5) years prior to the date they took/take the related Police Officer Civil Service Exam. No more than two (2) uses total.
* Stimulants: An applicant has used methamphetamines, crank, crystal, ice, speed, or glass within the five (5) years prior to the date they took/take the related Police Officer Civil Service Exam (Taken in an experimental capacity only).
* ANY use of Morphine, Heroin, Angel Dust/PCP, Crack, or inhaled aerosols (sometimes referred to has huffing, or nitrous) within a lifetime.
* Illegal use of drugs, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 3 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 5 years.
* Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
* Illegal use of 3 or more different controlled substances.
* No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
* Illegal steroids use within the past five (5) years.
* Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication or obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
* Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.

Criminal Activity:

* Any adult felony conviction.
* Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions).
* Any conviction of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
* Unlawful sexual misconduct.
* Any single theft of property or money in excess of $100 value within the past five (5) years.


* Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
* Lying or omitting information during any stage of the hiring process.
* Falsified his or her application, personal history packet, or any other forms during hiring process.


* Failure to pay income tax or child support.
* Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
* Pattern of bankruptcy, repossessions, late payments, and/or bills in collections or excessive debt.

Background Unit Policies:

* Anger Issues: pattern of fighting, in workplace or socially pattern of insubordination.
* Criminal Association: maintain friendship or living with persons engaged in criminal activity.
* Deception: withholding information or providing inaccurate information (reason is irrelevant).

Body Decoration:

* The following body decorations are prohibited: split or forked tongues, foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern, enlarged or stretched out in the ears, dental ornamentation, and visible piercings, other than those in the ear(s), that do not present a professional image.
* Exposed tattoo's which cannot be covered for a standard uniform of the day.
* Ability to obtain certification as Washington State Peace officer at time of hire.

Additional Information

Interview Process

Only those applicants meeting all application procedures and minimum qualifications may be admitted to the interview process. Because this recruitment is continuous, interviews will be scheduled periodically. Candidates will be selected for panel interviews based upon the needs of the Police Department and other relevant factors as determined by the Chief Examiner. The interview process will be 100% of the final examination score. There will be a minimum passing score on the interview.

Eligibility List

Candidates who pass the interview will have their names placed on an eligibility list in rank order of final examination scores and veteran's preference in accordance with State law. Names shall remain on the eligibility list for up to twelve months. With the recruitment being open continuously, there may be readjustments to the rank ordering of the list as new candidates are interviewed and added to the eligibility list.

* The Auburn Police Department is a nationally accredited police department. This accreditation establishes the department as a professional organization that strives to achieve standards of law enforcement excellence. The department was also the first municipal police department to be state accredited. The Auburn Police Department seeks highly qualified applicants who possess strong personal attributes that qualify them to promote the professional standards of law enforcement.*