Buckley Police Department

Entry Level Police Officer




Phase One 
The Buckley Police Department has partnered with Public Safety Testing to administer both the written exam and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). 
  • Once you submit your application, if you have not already tested, please visit publicsafetytesting.com to schedule a written exam and PAT that works best with your schedule. 
  • Make sure you select Buckley Police Department as your agency of choice in your profile.
  • Once you pass both the written and PAT, Public Safety Testing will send your results to the City of Buckley Human Resources who will match your test results and application materials and will be in contact regarding the next steps.

Phase Two
Top-scoring candidates from phase one will be invited to participate in an oral board interview. A score of 70% is required to pass the oral board process.  
Successful candidates will be ranked on an official eligibility register by a combination of scores from the written exam (weighted at 40% overall grade) and the oral board interview (weighted at 60% overall grade). As applicable, veterans' scoring criteria percentages will be applied to the combined scoring. Names on the register are valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of entry on the register. Placement on the register will be subject to revision based on periodic testing results.
Phase Three
When the Department has a police officer position to be filled, the Chief of Police may request certification of the top three (3) candidates from the lateral entry eligibility register. In the event of two or more vacancies, an additional candidate for each additional vacancy is allowed. The names are certified at a Civil Service Commission meeting.

Once certified, the police department may reach out directly to initiate the background investigation process. This will include fingerprinting, a check of personal and professional references, social media activity, as well as work, criminal, driving, and financial histories. The Buckley Police Department may also conduct personal interviews within your neighborhood and workplace. After a successful background check, the Chief of Police will conduct an interview.  

Any offer of employment that emerges after the Chief's interview will be conditional upon successfully passing a polygraph, emotional intelligence screening, drug test, and psychological and medical evaluation.



We are seeking dedicated and passionate individuals to serve the community, maintain safety, and build trust. Come join an exceptional team that takes pride in delivering the Best Possible Service to our community.


The Buckley Police Department is excited to announce that we are adding to our team. Our department is comprised of 11 commissioned officers including the Chief of Police (1), Assistant Chief (1), Patrol Sergeants (2), Patrol Officers (6), Detective (1), and a Community Services/ Animal Control Officer (1). 


Why choose the Buckley Police Department? 

The City of Buckley is home to a growing population of approximately 5,500 residents within 4 square miles of city property. Buckley is best known for its captivating mountain views, small-town charm, and abundance of community events – particularly the annual Log Show. Buckley Police Department offers a one-of-a-kind community policing experience. Our city, known for its stunning views and wildlife, friendly atmosphere, and strong sense of community, provides the perfect backdrop for officers who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of residents and visitors alike. With unwavering backing from both city administration and our engaged residents, you'll have the resources and encouragement you need to excel in your role.


We encourage you to come out and do a ride-along with the Buckley Police Department to check out our department and community.

Work includes patrolling the community by vehicle and on foot. Bicycle and patrol duties are assigned upon qualification. The employee responds to calls for service, which include reports of criminal activity, traffic safety, crime prevention, and general public safety problems. The Buckley Police Department also serves the towns of Wilkeson and Carbonado.

The employee conducts preliminary and continued investigations for reported crimes and traffic accidents. This responsibility includes crime scene processing, interviewing witnesses and victims, and enforcing specific violations of the law.

The employee performs several assignments to prevent crime and traffic accidents. These assignments are educational and inspectional: presentations on prevention techniques; conducting security surveys; security checks on homes and businesses; inspection of business practices and policies; and inspection of building construction for compliance with the security ordinance.

Performance is monitored daily by the Police Sergeant, Assistant Chief, or Chief of Police, for compliance with policies and laws. However, the employee usually performs with minimum supervision.



  • Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.

  • Patrols the community in a vehicle, on foot, or bicycle when assigned, to deter and detect criminal activity.
  • Emphasis on customer service approach to work collaboratively with community partners to improve safety and reduce crime.
  • Responds to calls for service, administers first aid to injured persons, documents allegations of a crime; protects persons and property; and advises on preventative practices.
  • Performs preliminary and continued investigations (traffic and criminal): searches for and collects physical evidence; and interviews witnesses and victims.
  • Enforces traffic laws by monitoring traffic movement visually and with radar, contacting violators, and issuing traffic citations.
  • Recovers and returns stolen property.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Writes reports on alleged crimes, traffic accidents, and arrests.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive and dynamic situations; explains content of law to persons involved in a dispute, describing the process of filing a formal complaint, the extent of law enforcement powers, and the responsibility of citizens to follow prescribed legal procedures, provides referrals to appropriate community resources.
  • Attends meetings, seminars, and other training classes to maintain current up-to-date knowledge of criminal and civil laws, as well as technical skills to remain proficient in the performance of duty; maintains awareness of newly-enacted laws and recent court decisions and their effects on police duties and responsibilities.



Knowledge of:

  • Thorough knowledge of the accepted practices of delivering police service.
  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws.
  • Thorough knowledge of department policies, procedures, regulations, and directives.
  • Considerable knowledge of court decisions relating to police powers.
  • Basic first aid and CPR procedures.


Ability to:

  • Write comprehensive and detailed crime reports, accident reports, and administrative reports.
  • Effectively communicate orally.
  • Relate to the community, superiors, city officials, and other city employees.
  • Effectively and safely use a firearm and operate a motor vehicle.
  • Physically apprehend suspects/persons.
  • Maintain fitness for duty.
  • Perform the essential duties of the job.
  • Maintain reliable and dependable attendance.



o   The employee primarily drives a vehicle, walks, or rides a bicycle when assigned.  

o   There is considerable walking, bending, stooping, reaching, and at times, running.

o   Since the employee takes physical custody of persons, there is a certain amount of physical contact and confrontation. Employees may be vulnerable to personal injury in some cases.

o   The work sometimes requires above-average physical agility and conditioning.

o   The employee is exposed to all weather conditions and other outside environmental conditions.      

o   May be exposed to hazards such as chemicals, temperature extremes, occasional driving at high speeds, bloodborne and communicable diseases.

o   May encounter hostile, disoriented, or violent individuals and may be subject to verbal and/or physical attack or assault from such individuals or may have gunfire directed at them.

o   The employee rotates in a 10-hour shift schedule and may be required to work overtime and on holidays.

o   Subpoenaed appearances in court to testify in the prosecution of individuals charged with misdemeanor or felony charges is a regular and ongoing occurrence and may occur on a day off or before/after a regularly scheduled shift.



o   At least 21 years of age at the time of application

o   High school diploma or GED equivalent

o   United States Citizen

o   Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently

o   Valid Washington State driver's license (or ability to obtain one) with a history of safe driving and maintenance throughout the duration of employment

o   Must be able to meet all Civil Service Rules and Regulations

o   Score a minimum of 70% on the Oral Board interview

o   Successfully pass a background investigation, emotional intelligence screening, polygraph, psychological, and medical examination

o   Must qualify quarterly for firearms; CPR certification annually; BAC verifier certification

o   Must be able to qualify for Access Certification

o   Must be able to complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy



  • Persons who have not attained commissioned peace officer status but have completed a basic law enforcement academy recognized as a full equivalent to the Washington State basic law enforcement academy by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission within the preceding twelve months and will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment within those twelve months; OR 
  • Persons whose peace officer certification, commission, and/or licensing has lapsed because of a break in service as a full-time, fully commissioned peace officer in this or any other state or territory for more than twenty-four months but less than sixty months and who are required to attend the equivalency.
  • All requirements of WAC 139-05-210 shall also apply. If separated from a law enforcement agency, the separation must be without cause or resigning in lieu of discipline.



  • This position is considered essential for public safety.  
  • This position is represented by the Buckey Police Officer’s Guild.
  • As a part of the hiring process, the City of Buckley will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which includes fingerprinting.

City of Buckley
146 S Cedar Street, Buckley, WA 98321
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT – purchased by the Police Department.  
4% of the current step of patrol base pay for an assigned Field Training Officer
2.5% of the current step of patrol base pay for the first specialty assignment
1.5% of the current step of the patrol’s base pay for any secondary assignment
Each employee works 10-hour shifts, 16 total shifts within 28 days. Overtime is considered any hours worked over 10 hours in a day or any non-regular scheduled workday.
$70 per month after 10 – 14 years of continuous employment
$97 per month after 15 – 19 years of continuous employment
$125 per month after 20 – 24 years of continuous employment
$170 per month after 25 years and above of continuous employment

$85 per month for an Associate’s degree
$145 per month for a Bachelor's Degree
$180 per month for a Master’s Degree

The effective date of health insurance is the first day of the month following hire.

  • Medical/ Vision Plan A LEOFF Trust - City pays 90% of the premium

  • Dental Plan E Washington Dental Serviced - City pays 90% of the premium 


Vacation – 120 hours per year for the first year*
Sick Leave – 96 hours per year
Holiday – 110 hours per year
Floating Holiday – 10 hours per year
Bereavement – 50 hours per calendar year (up to an additional 20 hours for extended travel)  
*Vacation - Year 2: 130 hours, Year 3-4: 140 hours, Year 5-6: 150 hours, Year 7-8: 160 hours, and so on, up to Year 20: 250 hours      

This position is represented by the Buckley Police Officer’s Guild and the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is effective 01/01/2023-12/31/2025.