Examination Announcement – HPD Entry Level


WRITTEN/ PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST: December 15, 2018 -or- January 5, 2018

Salary schedule: $4,692- $5,989 per month (2018 rates).
It is possible that the department may be filling up to two positions off this eligibility list.

Hoquiam is the second largest city in Grays Harbor County and has a population of approximately 8,845 residents. The police department currently has an authorized strength of 18 sworn officers, in addition to five police services officers in the City Jail, an Administrative Assistant and an animal Control Officer. The department handles around 15,000 Law Incidents per year and is a member of the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force with one Detective assigned full-time to the unit.

All sworn police officers are represented by the Hoquiam Police Association. The Patrol work schedule consists of three 12-hour work shifts followed by three days off. Due to FLSA requirements, officers also receive nine additional 12-hour shifts off during the year, plus 104 hours of compensated holiday time. Medical, dental and vision coverage for officers and dependent family is provided covered by the City.

The Hoquiam Police Department embraces the “community policing” philosophy as reflected in the department’s mission statement:

“Through community partnerships and problem solving, we take a unified stance against crime, violence, disorder and disregard for the law. With the budgetary support and cooperation of the citizens we serve, we help Hoquiam to be strong and self sufficient- because a strong community is a safe community.”

Applicants should be self-motivated with a strong desire to serve the community and promote professional law enforcement. Members of the Hoquiam Police Department are very proud of their service to the community; all applicants should have a history of demonstrative leadership and quality public service.

Candidates with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The City of Hoquiam is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is responsible for the protection of life and property of the citizens of Hoquiam by the prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances of the City of Hoquiam and the State of Washington. The work performed consists of assigned patrol, preliminary complaint investigation, and traffic regulation duties. Police work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergency situations. Assignments, general instructions, and special instructions are received from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through reports, observations, discussion and evaluation reports.


  • Patrols an area of the city, in a patrol car or on foot, to handle calls for service, prevent and discover criminal acts, apprehend offenders, and to enforce vehicle and traffic laws.
  • Responds to and resolve complaints involving victims of crimes, automobile accidents, and other calls for assistance.
  • Prepares written reports relating to investigated cases, complaints, and shift activities.
  • Administers first aid as needed, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witness statements, and makes arrests.
  • Testifies as a witness in court.
  • Conducts accident investigations; provides first aid for injured; takes safeguards to prevent further accidents; interviews involved parties and witnesses; takes statements; examines vehicles, roadways, traffic controls, and obstructions to view; clears obstructions and records data; and prepares detailed accident reports.
  • Performs varied duties such as traffic control; police protection at fires, parades, processions, and sporting events; controls school crossing traffic; and checks and reports on deficient street lights, signs, and road surfaces.


  • Knowledge of the geography of the city, the location of important buildings and the city street system.
  • Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of citizens.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine proper courses of action.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to write and speak effectively, including over the radio.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms, and in first aid practices.


  • High School graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Ability to meet physical, medical and background standards for police officers as established by the City (in accordance with the Police Academy standards required by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission).
  • 21 years of age at time of application.
  • United States Citizen or Legal Resident.
  • A valid Washington state Driver’s License upon hire and acceptable driving record.


As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to successfully complete the following:

  • Background investigation by the Police Department (criminal activity, employment history, credit history, driving record, etc.).

Following a conditional offer of employment, a prospective officer must successfully complete, as a condition of final employment:

  • A medical examination by a licensed physician, including drug test;
  • A psychological examination by a licensed psychologist to establish fitness for duty;
  • Polygraph examination.


The City Employment Application form and Declaration of Veteran Preference form (if applicable) are available for download from the city website at www.cityofhoquiam.com.  Applications can also be obtained in the lobby of the police department.

Applications must be returned no later than December 10, 2018 at 5:00PM for the written test/ physical agility test on December 15, 2018 -or- no later than December 31, 2018 at 5PM for the written test/ physical agility test on January 5, 2019. Applicants only need to attend one of the testing sessions and should choose the date which is more convenient.

There is a $25 testing fee due upon submitting the City Employment Application for Police Officer (Entry-Level Officer) application to the Finance Department at Hoquiam City Hall, 609 8th Street, Hoquiam, Washington 98550.

The written test will comprise 40% of the final score; the physical agility test is pass-fail only. Please make sure to review the physical agility standards for entry into the Basic Law Enforcement Academy on the CJTC website for details. After the scores from the written tests are compiled, with those who pass the physical agility test, an Oral Board panel will be convened which will comprise 60% of the applicant’s final score on the eligibility list. The date for the Oral Board will be scheduled and announced by the Civil Service Commission examiner.

Candidates should monitor their email for updates, including important information and testing dates/ times. Applicants are required to provide a current email address on the city application form.


City Employment Application form
Declaration of Veteran Preference form
Examination Announcement and Details

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