If you’re wanting a career where you can make a difference, The Yakima Police Department is a great opportunity for you. Located on the west coast in a lower cost of living area, the Yakima Police Department is hiring police officers for their community.

When you work for the Yakima Police Department, you’re more than just a badge, you’re a role model and mentor to others. The Yakima Police Department believes relationships are important- whether it is between themselves and the community they protect, fellow officers and their families, or personal relationships that support them in what they do every day.

At the Yakima Police Department, they pride themselves on taking care of those who take care of their community members every day. By having a fulfilling work environment for their employees and a supportive community, the Yakima Police Department believes their officers are able to stay focused on the life-saving duties they perform.

Position Available:

  • Police Officer

Salary Information:

  • Entry Level Starting Salary
    • $67,056+
  • Lateral Officer Starting Salary
    • $76,548+
  • Two Step Officer Starting Salary
    • $90,000+

Requirements for All Officers:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Good command of English, both written and verbal
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Maintenance of good physical condition throughout the testing process and during employment
  • Good moral character and use of good judgment
  • Possess normal color vision, and visual acuity of not less than 20/100 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 in better eye and 20/30 in lesser eye
  • Able to meet and maintain department standards for firearm qualification and all applicable State and Federal laws to possess and carry a firearm

Requirements for Lateral Officers (in addition to above):

  • Have been certified as a law enforcement officer in WA or another state
  • Have two years of continuous law enforcement services in the last three years
  • Out-of-state Laterals must successfully complete the two-week WSCJTC Equivalency Course within one year of employment


  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Deferred compensation
  • Educational incentives
  • Exceptional salary
  • Five day work week/10.67-hour shifts
  • Four & five day weekends
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Special unit training pay
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid training
  • Retirement & pension
  • Take-home vehicle (on and off-duty use)
  • Uniforms provided

Note: Should you pass all the pre-employment testing and training, you will go on to complete 720 hours of state testing at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Basic Law Enforcement Academy. After that, as a new recruit, graduates of the Academy enter a 14 week Field Training Program where they are partnered with an experienced officer.

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