Phase One Applications are reviewed to determine the most competitive candidates who best meet the needs of the Gig Harbor Police Department. Evaluation criteria includes, but is not limited to education, military service, and specialized law enforcement positions.
Phase Two The top candidates will be invited to participate in an oral board interview. A score of 70% is required to pass the Oral Board process.
Placement on the eligibility register will be determined by results of the oral bard interview. Names on the register are valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of entry on the register. Ranking on the register will be subject to revision based upon 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 five (5) candidates from the exceptional 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.
One 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 Gig Harbor 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 Chief's interview will be conditional upon successfully passing a polygraph, emotional intelligence screening, drug test, psychological and medical evaluation.