KENNEWICK, CITY OF
210 W. 6TH AVENUE
KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON 99336
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Updated: August 08, 2019
Job Classification: Police Officer – Entry Level and Out-of-State Lateral
The City of Kennewick is currently recruiting to fill several openings. Eligibility/placement on the hiring list will be based on the following:
Failure of any portion of these exams requires a 180 day (6 months) waiting period per our Civil Service Rules.
Questions? Contact KPD-Recruiters@ci.kennewick.wa.us2019 Salary Information: $82,866 to $107,072/Year (includes holiday pay)
Monthly Salaries*: Hire-$6460; 18 months-$6783; 30 months-$7188; 42 months-$7586
*Out-of-state Lateral hires are recognized for experience based on the salary schedule listed above.
Career Development Program:Police Officer First Class: $7776Senior Police Officer: $8041Master Police Officer: $8345Benefit Information: Union Affiliation: Kennewick Police Officers Benefit Association, Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance, Annual Leave, Bereavement Leave, Deferred Compensation 457 Plan (with current 5% City contribution and no match required), Life Insurance, State Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF 2) Retirement Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, Flex-Plan program. See additional benefits in the recruiting brochure. Here is the link: Recruiting Brochure
Application Contact Person:Name: Tausha LenkersdorferPhone: (509) 585-4240Email: Tausha.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Beth WhittonPhone: (509) 585-4382Email: email@example.com
Department Information:The Kennewick Police Department is a high energy, progressive organization whose motto is, “Committed to Your Safety”. By implementing community oriented policing programs and working with the other city municipal departments our collective vision is, “One Team – One Future.” Our commitment to the citizens who live, work, and play in Kennewick to continue with the work of “Leading the Way.”
Our population is nearly 82,000 and growing daily. Kennewick is the retail-shopping hub for southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. We provide affordable housing and support services for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, its many diverse contractors, employees, and their families.
We are an agency of 127 employees with an authorized commissioned strength of 107 Officers. We have four divisions – the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Services Division, and Administrative Services Division.
Additionally, a Detective Sergeant is assigned to oversee the “Crime Against Property” Unit. This group consists of five Detectives working property crimes and two additional Detectives assigned to the regional Drug Task Force. There is 1 Sergeant and 1 Detective assigned to the Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force, 1 Detective assigned to DEA, 1 Detective assigned to the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force and 1 Crime Analyst that is assigned to Criminal Investigations.
The third unit in the CID is the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT). CAT is a proactive group of 6Detectives and a Supervisor who target street drug activity, criminal gang activity, and targeted property crimes such as vehicle prowling and auto theft. CAT Detectives work during the evening hours, in plain clothes, and in unmarked cars. They also respond to and assist with major crime scenes investigations as needed.
The Administrative Services Division is under the direction of the Chief of Police. The division is comprised of one Commander (Chief of Staff), one Sergeant and one Administrative Assistant. The Division includes the Office of Professional Standards, Internal Affairs, Animal Control (ACA) and the volunteer group, “Citizens Helping in Police Services” (CHIPS). The division also oversees the Department’s accreditation program and reviews and up-dates policies, procedures, and practices so they reflect “best practices” in law enforcement. The Kennewick Police Department is currently accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). City Information: The City of Kennewick is the largest of the Tri-Cities located in beautiful southeastern Washington State. A thriving city, Kennewick continues to be at the forefront for state-wide growth in almost every way. The retail hub for southeastern Washington, the city benefits from a talented labor pool, steady job market and low cost of living. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Kennewick has also become a major tourist attraction. Nestled in the heart of Washington wine country, Kennewick boasts over 160 wineries within a 50 mile radius. Kennewick’s location along the Columbia River provides a variety of recreational activities including world-class fishing, birding, bike trails and parks.
The name "Kennewick" is believed to be a native word meaning "grassy place." It has also been called "winter paradise," mostly because of the mild winters in the area. Kennewick is the host city of the Tri-City Americans hockey team of the Western Hockey League. The Tri-City Americans play their home games in the Toyota Center, which hosts many other regional events. Each year, the last weekend in July, hydroplane racing takes place at the Water Follies event on the Columbia River. Kennewick is also home to Columbia Center Mall, the retail hub for Southeastern Washington State.
The City of Kennewick is proud to be “Leading the Way” for our citizens.
US Citizen: US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: 20/100 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20 in each eye.
College: No minimum college education requirement.
Prior Experience: None
Background : Applicants for the Police Department may be rejected if the Police Department deems that it does not have the resources to conduct the background investigation required pursuant to chapter 43.101 RCW. Resources mean materials, funding, and staff time. All applicants for the Police Department shall be fingerprinted, and a thorough search is made of fingerprints through local, state, and federal fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. Applicants for the Police Department shall not have had a conviction for any crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison or similar institution, and shall not have been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude, narcotics, or drugs. For the purpose of these rules the term “conviction” means a final conviction in a federal, state, or municipal court; and un-vacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure an accused person’s appearance in court; the payment of a fine; a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty suspended. Every applicant must furnish proof of good character, temperate habits and physical ability to perform the duties of the position to which he/she seeks employment. The Civil Service Commission may refuse to examine an applicant, or, after examination, refuse to certify as eligible an applicant, and may remove the applicant’s name from the eligible list for any of the following reasons:
Dismissal from any employment for delinquency or misconduct
Mental or physical unfitness for the position
Dishonest criminal, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct
Intentional false statement in any material fact, or deception, or fraud, in securing an examination, certification, or appointment
Dishonorable discharge from military service
Habitual use of intoxicating liquors to excess or use of narcotics
Failure to meet requirements as contained in examination announcement
Any other willful violation of the provisions of this rule.
An oral interview by the hiring authority or his/her representative shall be given to determine if an applicant has any serious defect in background or ability to communicate which would render the applicant ineffective as an employee of the Police Department.