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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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