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Join Our TeamThe Richland Police Department maintains an ongoing and merged certification list for Entry and Lateral positions. We are continuously accepting applications for the position and will hold oral board processes on an as needed basis, multiple times throughout the year.

Under the direction of a Police Sergeant or designee, performs police protection and other services to safeguard the lives, property and constitutional rights of the citizens of Richland; responds to crime and accident scenes, emergency situations and other requests for assistance; detects, apprehends and arrest criminals; enforces the laws and ordinances of the City and performs a variety of specialized duties as assigned. Subject to 12 hour shifts, callback, standby and overtime as required.

In order to be considered for the City's oral board process, candidates must have completed and passed the initial Written and Physical Agility exams with Public Safety Testing (PST).

Minimum Qualifications:

•Completion of initial written and physical agility exams as outlined by the City of Richland's protocols (currently Public Safety Testing).

•Submit an online application, and attach a current resume and updated personal history statement in PDF format.

•High school diploma or equivalent.

•Valid Washington State driver's license upon hire date.

•Twenty-one (21) years of age at time of application.

•U.S. citizen.

•Obtain a Basic Law Enforcement School Certificate issued by the State of Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission (Out of state candidates, who have previously certified in another state, must pass the CJTC equivalency examination) within six (6) months of hire date.

•Satisfactorily complete field training provided by the Richland Police Department, in which methods, procedures and techniques of law enforcement work are presented by field training officers, before completion of probationary period.

If you are interested in applying but have not completed the initial testing process with PST, please visit PST's website at for more details on how to schedule now to be considered for future testing processes.

Desirable Qualifications:

•Two (2) years of college-level course work in police science, law, criminal justice or closely related field.

•Prior military police, correctional officer, reserve and/or like training and experience. Final selection will be based on overall qualifications and oral board interview process

The final candidate(s) will be required to successfully complete and pass a Chief's interview, an integrity interview, and a comprehensive background check to include, reference check, polygraph, credit check, fingerprinting and a pre-employment physical and psychological exam.


Lateral Applicants: We are currently updating our materials for you! In the meantime, check out our current contract with the city here and contact a recruiter.


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  • You do not possess or cannot obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license. 

  • You are not 21 years old at the time application is submitted.

  • You are not a U. S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident as required by RCW 41.12.070.

  • You cannot read and write the English language as required by RCW 41.12.070.

  • You have been convicted of Driving under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years or have two (2) or more DUI convictions.  A diversion or similar action (First Degree Negligent Driving) is the same as a conviction.

  • You have been convicted of any felony charges – traffic or criminal.

  • You have been convicted of any crime involving lying, theft or betrayal of public trust. 

  • You have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services.

  • You have been convicted of a domestic violence related crime, which precludes you from possessing a firearm.

  • You do not successfully pass a pre-employment polygraph, psychological or cannot be medically certified for the position, with or without a reasonable accommodation (medical only).



  • You have been involved in significant and/or recent misdemeanor activity.

  • Your financial affairs or personal life shows a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems.  (Example:  Nonpayment of child support, ignoring overdue bills, etc.)

  • You have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring any laws. (Example:  Not paying taxes, using a false address for school tuition purposes, etc.)

  • Your traffic history shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.

  • You have a pattern of involvement with illegal drugs.

  • Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, discharge, or the inability to work in a dynamic, high-stress environment.

  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty, integrity, or character.


Applicants are also cautioned that government clearances or success in other police agency selection processes are not a guarantee of success in the RPD process. 
This list is not all-inclusive and is intended only as a general guideline.


Evaluating prior drug use by an applicant for the Richland Police Department revolves around the experimental versus the habitual user. Rather than immediately disqualifying an individual for prior drug use, the police department tries to distinguish between the individual who has used marijuana or other drugs on several occasions (experimented), as opposed to a person who has regularly used drugs over an extended period of time (habitual).

Various factors may be taken into consideration when evaluating prior drug use by an applicant and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be considered when determining eligibility include the type of substance used, frequency of use, if the use was experimental, and how recent was the usage. Experimental use is considered usage to determine the effects of a drug.

Another factor that may be considered is whether the prior drug use was self-disclosed by the applicant or discovered during the background investigation. 

If at any point, the applicant is determined to meet any of the following disqualifiers, the application process for that individual may be terminated at the discretion of the Chief or designee. 



  • Possession or use of marijuana within the last two (2) years. 

  • Use of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids within the last three (3) years.

  • Abuse of inhalants within the last five (5) years. Examples include but are not limited to paint, paint thinner, Freon, nitrous oxide, and gasoline.

  • Possession or use of illegal controlled substance within the last ten (10) years. Examples include but are not limited to crack/cocaine, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, MDMA (ecstasy), Hallucinogens (PCP, Angel Dust, LSD, and Mushrooms), Opium, Morphine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine/Amphetamine.

  • Use of any illegal drugs after submitting an application with any law enforcement agency within the last five (5) years.

  • Involvement in the illegal manufacture, sale, delivery or furnishing of any controlled substance or drug to another with the expectation that a personal benefit would be received as a result of the actions – Permanent disqualification.

  • Use of illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity – Permanent disqualification.

  • Habitual use of any illegal drug and/or marijuana – Permanent disqualification.

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