Nature of Work
This process is an open and continuous examination. Applications
will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Candidates will be notified
of their final rank and score regularly as incoming applications
This recruitment process will create a register that will be
used to fill anticipated vacancies. This position is represented by
NATURE OF WORK:
This position performs fully responsible, professional general
duty police work in the protection of life and property through the
enforcement of laws and ordinances. After a period of formal and
on-the-job training, employees in this class are responsible for
independent law enforcement duties ranging from average to
considerable difficulty and performed under general supervision of
a sergeant or other ranking officer.
Work normally involves patrolling in an unaccompanied
automobile, motorcycle, bicycle or foot patrol, and/or conducting
detailed criminal investigations, traffic regulation, or community
policing activities in a designated area on an assigned shift. Work
involves a substantial element of danger and requires the
responsible exercise of appropriate judgment in meeting critical
emergency situations. Employees are sworn to act on behalf of the
Police Department and the City of Bellingham and carry firearms in
the performance of their duties.
Employees may be directed to work on, lead, or plan special
projects or assignments which call upon specialized abilities and
knowledge attained through experience as a uniformed officer. Work
of this class may be reviewed by superior officers via personal
inspection, reviews of reports and/or oral discussion.
- Patrols a designated area of City on foot, bicycle, or in an
automobile, motorcycle or small watercraft to investigate, deter
and/or discover possible violations of criminal and vehicle (and/or
boating) traffic laws, codes and/or ordinances. Maintains radio
contact with the dispatch center.
- Responds to calls, complaints or reports of the actual,
possible or potential occurrence of specific criminal activity and
takes appropriate action. This may include, but is not limited to,
mediating civil disputes or interceding in domestic disturbances;
maintaining peace; protecting persons; enforcing traffic laws;
apprehending, controlling and arresting persons, including those
who are violent and/or emotional; assisting disabled persons,
motorists, and others; and providing information and
- Participates in community policing activities: gains
familiarity with individuals, groups, businesses and special issues
of assigned community; meets with and makes presentations to
community groups; assists in neighborhood problem-solving projects;
and sponsors public education programs and activities.
- Administers immediate assistance to citizens in critical and/or
emergency situations where the security of lives and/or property
may be endangered. In the course of duty, officers are exposed to a
range of physical injuries, accidents, child abuse, mental health
concerns, or death where they may be required to administer first
aid, CPR or other assistance prior to the arrival of emergency
services, and to provide support to victims and families.
- Secures and controls crime scenes and administers aid, may
gather and/or supervise the collection of evidence and witness
statements, and arrests or supervises the arrest(s) of
- Appears in court to present evidence and testify against
persons accused of crime; maintains or supervises surveillance over
suspected criminals; arranges and/or participates in the return of
fugitives from other cities or from outside the state.
- Develops and maintains required skills through participation in
intermediate or advanced training classes in law enforcement
methodology, first aid, regular or special weapons/tactics and
procedures and related subjects.
ADDITIONAL WORK PERFORMED:
- Engages in specialized investigative assignments (e.g.,
Forensics, Drug/Gang Task Force etc.).
- Performs specialized assignments (e.g., Neighborhood Resource
Officer, Behavioral Health Officer, Canine Unit, SWAT etc.).
- Works with other law enforcement agencies on special policing
assignments and events and/or multi-jurisdiction emergencies as
- Performs special operations work such as raids and searches as
- Performs related duties as directed.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in any and all
property existing in the City of Bellingham and its environs. This
involves working in a variety of environmental conditions and may
require: walking, sitting or standing for long periods; running,
climbing, jumping, or physical exertion in inclement weather;
physical agility in slippery conditions, mountainous or uneven
terrain, or in water. Officers work in unaccompanied automobile,
motorcycle, bicycle or on foot patrol, maintaining contact with the
dispatch center. There is exposure to high-risk situations which
require emergency response procedures such as the use of masks,
gloves, etc. to prevent contact with infectious diseases; and the
use of protective clothing, equipment, firearms and other gear.
While in uniform and/or driving a police vehicle, the Police
Officer will not be allowed to use or display any tobacco product.
Officers work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and
Officers work a unique shift called 10/40, consisting of 10 hr.
40 minutes per day. Officers work the following schedule: 5 days
on, 4 days off, 5 days on, 5 days off. More information on this
shift schedule will be provided during the interview stage of the
Physical abilities to perform the essential functions of the job
- Physical strength to restrain and control persons and
physically defend self;
- Manual dexterity to operate a motor vehicle or handle tools and
guns in the performance of assigned tasks, including keyboarding,
grasping and reaching.
- Occasionally lift, push, carry and pull materials, objects or
persons weighing up to 100 lbs using proper lifting
- Frequently sit, stand, walk, drive a vehicle or ride a
- Occasionally run, jump, climb, balance, kneel, crawl or
- Frequently communicate verbally;
- Uncorrected vision in either eye of 20/100 or better, vision
able to be corrected to 20/20 in better eye and 20/30 in lesser
- Visual acuity including closeness, distance, color, peripheral
and depth perception, with the ability to adjust focus and to read
a computer screen and typewritten page.
Experience and Training
- Associate's Degree or two years (90 quarter hours/60 semester
hours) of general education course work toward a degree at an
accredited college or university.
- Successful completion of Washington State Criminal Justice
Training Commission (WSCJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy and
- Bilingual proficiency highly desirable.
Necessary Special Requirements
- Employment contingent upon passing a criminal convictions
check, background investigation, polygraph examination and
fingerprinting. Subject to re-check every five years.
- Employment contingent upon passing a psychological and general
- Employment contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug
- Lateral applicants currently employed and meeting physical
standards as police officers in another jurisdiction are accepted
as able to meet the physical requirements of the job.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, Red Cross certification
for Infant/Child and Adult CPR and Standard First Aid.
- Valid Washington State driver's license or ability to obtain
within 30 days of Washington State residency and good driving
record. A three-year driving abstract must be submitted prior to
hire, with periodic submission of driving abstract per City
- Attainment of the age of 21 years.
- U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident. Washington State
residency by time of hire.
- No record of felony convictions.
- Misdemeanor convictions will also be reviewed. A misdemeanor
conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant but
offenses, by their nature and recentness, may reveal a lack of
specific qualifications for this position.
- NOTE: A standard 12-month Civil Service probationary period
applies for all officers following placement into the Full
Performance Police Officer classification.
PLEASE NOTE: Failure to meet the following qualifications on the
medical exam is reason for rejection:
Uncorrected vision in either eye of 20/100 or better.
Vision able to be corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30
in the lesser eye.
Defective color vision or depth perception.
NOTE: The urinalysis drug screen, background investigation and
polygraph examination includes a review of illegal drug use. A
history of using illegal drugs, considering the nature and
recentness of these offenses, may be grounds for disqualification
for this position.
You are encouraged to print a copy of this job announcement for
your reference as the process moves along
As part of the application, the following items are required to
Please ensure your application is complete and all required
information has been provided. Standard completeness means all
application fields (contact information, personal information,
education, work experience, references, and required supplemental
questions). The information provided in your application must
support your selected answers in the supplemental questionnaire.
Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your
experience and training.
Cover letters and resumes are not reviewed to determine if your
application meets minimum qualifications. Supplemental
Questionnaire responses not supported in your application will
disqualify you from consideration for this position.
Application Review Process: Candidates will be notified of their
final rank and score regularly as incoming applications are
- Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must provide specific,
detailed information so an initial determination can be made
regarding your level of qualifications for this position.
- Supplemental Question Review: Applicants that meet minimum
qualifications will go through a Supplemental
QuestionReview.Relevancy of your experience and training, together
with composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be
considered when evaluating responses. Applicants must receive a
passing score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants will be notified via email of Final Scores & Ranks.
The final ranking of the register will be based on total scores
from the Supplemental Question Review (100%).
The final candidates will be referred to the department for
additional assessment. Eligible candidates will also be required to
complete a Personal History Questionnaire.
Applicants who failed probation, were terminated, resigned in
lieu of termination, are about to be terminated, or would not be
considered for rehire by their current or former department or
agency, may not be eligible for this position.
Each candidate placed on the Civil Service Eligibility Register
will remain on the register for 6 months from the date of their
placement on the register.
Example: John Smith was placed on the eligibility register on
April 24, 2021 and will remain on the register through October 23,
2021 while Sue Jones was placed on the eligibility register on May
10, 2021 and will remain on the register through November 9,
Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding
application status via email. Please be sure to check your email
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural
backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of
Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in
its work force. We do not make decisions on the basis of an
individual's race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex,
marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual
orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or
military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual
assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal
by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by
local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for