Entry Level Officer

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Job Posted: 09/08/2023 - 10/31/2023

Vacancies: 6 (as of 09/08/2023)



Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the written exam and physical ability test (PAT) being administered on TBD (Candidates will be notified when dates are set). Candidates must pass both to proceed.

Written Exam – Score of 70% or higher required to pass

Physical Ability Test (PAT) – Scored as Pass/Fail. Must successfully pass all three events

      -Event #1 | Push-Ups – 20 within 90 seconds; followed by a minimum 3-minute rest period

      -Event #2 | Sit-Ups – 25 within 90 seconds; followed by a minimum 5-minute rest period

      -Event #3 | Squat-Thrusts – 35 within 3 minutes


Passing candidates will be ranked on an initial eligibility list based on written exam scores.


Top scoring candidates from phase one will be invited to engage in oral board interviews in TBD. 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 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.
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.