The test date for this recruitment is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021. The PAT and the written exam will be held on the same day. Candidates who pass the PAT will be invited to attend the written exam in the afternoon.
Please Note: During the hiring process candidates will be required to attend testing or interviews in-person. We are closely monitoring CDC reports pertaining to COVID-19, and have put measures in place for the safety of our own staff and those applying for positions with our department.
This is general duty police work involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, maintenance of order, and prevention and investigation of crimes. Work is performed according to departmental regulations and procedures prescribed by superior officers and normally consists of routine patrol, traffic regulations, and crime prevention and investigation on motorcycles, or on foot.
Work involves a substantial element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent discretion in emergencies.
All assignments in this class involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of police functions, for tactful and courteous treatment of the public, and for conscientious and efficient performance of duties under little direct supervision.
Employees may be assigned to work on special assignments that call upon specialized ability and knowledge usually attained through experience as a uniformed Police Officer.
Assignments and general and special instructions are received from superior officers who review work by personal inspection, check of reports, and general appraisal of the effectiveness of the employee and the entire police service.
City of Tacoma Recruitment
The City of Tacoma wants to employ a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
The Tacoma Police Department is a proud participant in Transforming Tacoma; actively working to develop pragmatic, specific recommendations and reforms that the Tacoma Police Department and the City of Tacoma can implement to strengthen the Tacoma Police Department’s relationship with Tacoma’s community; ensure that the Tacoma Police Department’s activities and operations are safe, just, effective, lawful, and consistent with national, best, emerging, and transformational practices. For more information about this effort, please visit the Transforming Tacoma website.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Applicants who have applied and met the City’s minimum qualifications, will be sent an Initial Personal History Questionnaire via e-mail. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow all instructions, to check his/her e-mail regularly and to meet set deadlines. Failure to follow the requested processes may result in disqualification.
Applicants who are eligible for veterans scoring criteria (Veterans Preference) MUST attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4 (proof of military discharge form) at time of application to be eligible for review for Veteran’s Preference points.
Applicants must pass the physical abilities test and written exam before being placed on an eligibility list for interview and hiring consideration. The PAT consists of three activities: squat thrusts, sit-ups and push-ups. The requirements for the PAT can be found on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission website.
Eligible candidates must pass all phases of the hiring process including oral board, pre-offer assessment test, and background investigation. Upon successful completion of these hiring steps, the applicant may receive a conditional offer of employment, conditional upon available positions within the Police Department and the successful completion of the polygraph examination, physical and psychological examinations, and any other phases of the pre-employment process that might need to be accomplished. Candidates may be removed from the eligible list for failure to pass any of these hiring steps. Once an applicant becomes a commissioned officer, the position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 6 Tacoma Police Union IUPA.
Note: The PAT and written exam are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Communication from the City of Tacoma:
Please indicate in your online application that you prefer email notification as this is the preferred method of communication with the City of Tacoma. In order to receive the most efficient communications from the City of Tacoma Human Resources Department and the Tacoma Police Department, we ask that each applicant create a Gmail email address for correspondence. Please use any combination of your first and last name as the email address. Ex: Smithjane@gmail.com, Janesmith@gmail.com JSmith123@gmail.com. This will assist the Tacoma Police Department hiring unit with tracking information received during the hiring process.
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.
The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend an hour or more entering the required information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. If you experience any complications while applying, please contact Human Resources as 253.591.5400 by 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 15, 2021 in order for us to assist you before the closing time.
If you are interested in additional information regarding test standards, testing deadlines and other information about the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Police Department, visit our websites at www.cityoftacoma.org or www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/police
To learn more about the Tacoma Police Department’s hiring process and to learn more about the physical abilities test click here.
Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.
The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits with plans for the whole family. Our plans include:
Interested in learning more about what the City of Tacoma has to offer for employee benefits? Visit our Employee Benefits website.
Please remember that verification of high school graduation, or its equivalent may be provided in the form of an official transcript, diploma, or other approved documentation that confirms graduation from high school or its equivalent. You will be required to produce one of the prescribed documents as part of the background process.
Any adult felony conviction.
Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity
Any domestic violence conviction
There are no alternate test dates/times available for this testing cycle.
Additionally, I understand that this date is tentative and may need to be adjusted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tacoma Police Department will keep all candidates informed of date changes through email correspondence.
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