Are You Interested in a Career in Law Enforcement?


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November 14, 2017 - The Ferndale Police Department is currently accepting applications for lateral Police Officer.  The Police Department anticipates having one opening at the first of the year and plans to hold interviews in late December or early January.  If interested in this opportunity, please complete and submit the printable application in person or by mail.  If you have questions regarding this opening, please contact Lieutenant Matt Huffman by either phone (360-483-5724) or email.





Salary and Benefits

  • $5742 to $6463 per month, DOE (through 2017 - 2018 currently under negotiation)
  • Medical, Dental, Vision with small co-pay (under negotiation)
  • Take home vehicle program, education incentive, matching deferred compensation
  • See our brochure for further details
  • Print an application packet

Entry Level Standards

  • 21 years of age or older;
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • High school graduate or equivalent;
  • Have or obtain a valid WA drivers license;
  • Good driving record (will be assessed);
  • No felony convictions;
  • Misdemeanor convictions reviewed on case-by-case basis;
  • Meet LEOFF medical standards;
  • No excessive alcohol/drug use; no illegal controlled substance use in past five years, no hallucinogens within past 10 years. Those who have experimented with controlled substances may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Lateral Entry Standards

As well as meeting the entry level standards, lateral applicants must have been actively employed as a commissioned police officer for 12 consecutive months after the completion of the Law Enforcement Academy (or comparable training facility) and not have been away from law enforcement for more than one year. Lateral applicants may be required to attend a Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy. Lateral transfer applicants will also be required to pass an oral board, physical agility test, medical exam, psychological exam, polygraph, drug test, and a comprehensive background evaluation. Lateral applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.