City of Des Moines Washington
  • 31-Dec-2020 to 31-Dec-2021 (PST)
  • Civil Service_Chief Examiner
  • Des Moines, WA, USA
  • 2021 Annual Base Salary: $80,748 to $106,248 (MPO $90,852 to $106,248)
  • Salary
  • Regular Full-Time

The City provides an attractive benefits package which includes Washington State LEOFF retirement, a Social Security replacement plan, medical, dental, vision, life insurance (150% of annual salary), long term disability insurance, and survivor income benefit insurance.

Hiring Bonus

  • $10,000 paid in two increments
  • 40 hours of vacation upon hire
  • 40 hours of sick leave upon hire

Immediate Openings

The City is seeking applications from experienced law enforcement officers to fill immediate openings. If you have any questions about the position or the examination and selection process, please contact Taria Keane, Civil Service Secretary/Chief Examiner, at 206-870-6552 or

About the Des Moines Police Department

  • Employs 32 full-time commissioned Police Officers and 10 civilian support employees. The Department has two divisions: Support Services and Operations. Dispatch and jail support are contracted through regional service providers. The Community Oriented Policing concept has been adopted and is vigorously applied to day-to-day operations.
  • The mission of the Department is to provide quality, professional law enforcement services. The Department believes that the cornerstone of the community is making its citizens feel safe from crime and the fear of crime. This effectively improves the quality of life in our city and allows the community to prosper and grow. In joining the Department, new officers make the Department's mission their own and are expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously, taking pride in themselves and the services they provide.


  • Must hold current and valid certification from a state that has reciprocity with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC); must pass WSCJTC's equivalency academy within six months of hire as a full-time commissioned police officer in the state of Washington.
  • Must be a commissioned law enforcement officer in good standing with at least 12 consecutive months such experience working for law enforcement agency.
  • Any lapse of employment as a full-time commissioned law enforcement officer shall not exceed the previous 24 months, calculated from the date of appointment with the City of Des Moines.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Possession of valid Washington State Driver's License by the time of appointment.
  • Must be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application.
  • Pursuant to RCW 41.12.070, must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language.
  • Because of the known effects of tobacco use, the City of Des Moines does not hire applicants who use tobacco products
  • Must successfully pass all phases of background screening, including, but not limited to, drug history, driving record, credit history, criminal record, work history, reference check, and Chief's interview; if given a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be polygraphed and will undergo a psychological examination and a medical examination which includes drug testing.
  • Applicants should NOT apply if their background includes any of the Automatic Disqualifiers listed at this link:

Master Police Officer (MPO) Pay Requirements

  • Five or more years of full time experience in law enforcement as a commissioned police officer.
  • Three or more years of employment as a commissioned police officer with the City of Des Moines.
  • Successful completion of the basic instruction classes or training required for a particular category of expertise. Categories of expertise in which an officer may achieve an MPO title are: Crime Prevention; Community Policing/Bicycle Patrol; Financial Crimes Investigator; Traffic; Crime Scene Investigation; Drug/Vice Enforcement; Critical Incident; and Drug Recognition Expert. Other categories may be approved at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
  • Must earn a minimum rating of "Meets Standards" in all rated categories of the most recent employee performance evaluation.
  • Must attain an instructor certification in one of the following topics: Firearms; EVOC; First Aid & CPR; Defensive Tactics; Radar; Field Training Officer; Bloodborne /Airborne Pathogens; Officer Survival; BAC Verifier; Cultural Awareness Facilitator; and Domestic Violence.

Premium Pay and Benefits

  • Educational incentive pay: 2.5% for AA/AS/AT, 4% for BA/BS, 5% for MA/MS/MPA
  • See below requirements for Master Police Officer (MPO) pay steps
  • Patrol schedule consists of 12-hour shifts working 3 days on, 3 days off, on a rotating basis
  • Bank of 96 hours of holiday leave received each January
  • 48 hours of holiday time may be cashed out each December
  • 110 hours of Kelly Time off per year
  • 96 hours of paid vacation leave per year, progressing up to 192 hours
  • 96 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Monthly sick leave cash out deposited into 457 account (2 hours if sick leave balance is over 200 hours, 3 hours if over 300 hours)
  • The City participates in the Washington State LEOFF retirement system.
  • In addition, the City contributes 6.52% of wages to a 401(a) Social Security replacement plan.
  • For more information, see Police Benefits Summary.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relations with other City employees, other law enforcement agencies, civic leaders, and the general public.
  • Ability to become thoroughly familiar with the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the department pertaining to all matters that come within the area of responsibility.
  • Ability to understand and execute moderately complex oral or written directions, and to prepare clear and comprehensive written reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and to restrict the use of such information to work duties.
  • Ability to acquire a good working knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances which are enforced by the municipal police department.
  • Ability to address all violators in a firm, courteous manner in order to develop public respect and confidence in the officer and his department.
  • Ability to acquire a good working knowledge of effective, modern methods of crime detection and criminal identification.
  • Ability to apprehend and make forcible arrests of violators.
  • Ability to safely and legally operate police and other vehicles.

Job Summary

  • Under general supervision, the Police Officer performs a wide variety of duties involving the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crimes; controls traffic flow and enforces state and local traffic regulations; issues citations; participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations; makes arrests; provides support and assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services and activities.

Essential Job Duties

  • Patrols designated areas of the City in car, by foot, or other means to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances; protects real and personal property by providing security checks of residential, business, and public premises; maintains awareness of and remains alert for wanted suspects, known criminals, stolen vehicles, missing persons, traffic violators, and crimes in progress; issues warnings and citations.
  • Responds to calls for the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, general public service calls, and complaints including those involving automobile accidents, traffic hazards, misdemeanor and felony incidents, domestic disturbances, property control, civil complaints, and related incidents; investigates complaints and takes appropriate action, which may include the use of deadly or nondeadly force; uses sound judgment under adverse, stressful conditions.
  • Conducts investigations at scenes of incidents to which summoned or incidents observed; determines what, if any, crime has been committed; identifies, collects, preserves, processes, and books evidence; locates and interviews victims and witnesses; identifies and interrogates suspects.Works in partnership with prosecuting attorneys to obtain and file criminal complaints on arrested subjects.
  • Prepares and serves search and arrest warrants; apprehends and arrests offenders for crimes committed under federal, state, and local laws and codes; controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situations.
  • Acquires information concerning all types of law violations within the patrol area, taking action or relaying the information to the proper authority.
  • Observes all traffic hazards in the area, eliminating them or reporting them to the proper authority.
  • Checks abandoned vehicles or vehicles parked in unusual locations for the purpose of detecting possible criminal activities.
  • Assists motorists who need help and provides them with such aid as is practical under the circumstances.
  • Serves as liaison and public relations officer to the public; establishes and preserves good relationships with the general public; answers questions from the public concerning local and state laws, procedures, and activities of the department; makes presentations before a variety of public groups to promote crime prevention activities and to enhance public understanding of police activities.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; may respond to requests for assistance from agencies outside the City for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Participates in continuous training to enhance law enforcement skills including firearms proficiency, defensive driving skills, apprehension and arrest techniques, investigative skills, and general law enforcement skills.
  • Performs a variety of administrative and other types of duties in support of law enforcement services, programs, and activities; attends meetings; maintains and calibrates specialized equipment including preliminary alcohol screening devices.
  • Initiates and completes reports, legal documents, and other required paperwork; prepares a variety of reports including those on activities, operations, arrests made, and unusual incidents observed; prepares investigative reports and case information.
  • Testifies in courts and at hearings; prepares and presents case evidence; responds to mandatory court calls during irregular hours.
  • Directs traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency situations; provides traffic and crowd control at events.
  • Enforces parking regulations; issues citations; tows vehicles that are in violation of codes.
  • Signs off on citations and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification.
  • Drives a City vehicle in normal and emergency response situations.
  • Makes forcible arrests of violators.
  • Attends civic club meetings, churches, schools, and other places of public gathering to explain the activities and functions of the police department and to establish favorable public relations, as directed.
  • Interacts with community in a positive manner to cooperatively reach resolution of community needs.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers and other City employees using principles of community-oriented policing.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to being assigned to work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, equalize peak work periods, or balance the workload.

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used

  • Patrol car, computer, telephone and radio, flashlight, writing utensils, pads, hand guns and rifles, hazmat suit, mask/respirator, duty belt, taser, pepper spray, ammunition, first aid equipment.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

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Equal Opportunity Employer

  • The City of Des Moines is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and all qualified applicants, including all ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
  • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. In general, it is the responsibility of the applicant or employee with a disability to inform the employer that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment.

General Information

  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job classification, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.
  • The physical abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The provisions of this job description do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.
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