Police Employment Information
The Mercer Island Police Department is continuously recruiting qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer. Lateral, experienced and entry level candidates are encouraged to apply with our department. If you wish to speak with a Police Department representative who is knowledgeable with the recruitment process, please call Sgt. Keith McDonough at 206-275-7910 or via email Keith.McDonough@mercergov.org.
Entry Level Applicants:
Our initial written and physical agility testing is performed by Public Safety Testing. For more information on the written and physical agility testing process, including dates, times and locations, please visit their website at PublicSafetyTesting.com.
In addition to the written and physical agility tests, Police candidates will be required to successfully complete an oral board interview, background investigation, polygraph, psychological examination, and comprehensive medical examination.
To qualify for this category the applicant will need to have been a full-time, fully commissioned and certified law enforcement officer with less than twenty-four (24) months of the last thirty-six (36) months in that position. Additionally, the applicant must possess a Washington State Peace Officers Certification or the equivalent.
To qualify for this category the applicant will need to have been a full-time, fully commissioned and certified law enforcement officer with at least twenty-four (24) months of the last thirty-six (36) months in that position. Additionally, the applicant must possess a Washington State Peace Officers Certification or the equivalent.
Applications for lateral and experienced candidates will be accepted at www.govjobstoday.comwhen openings become available.
The City of Mercer Island offers competitive wages and benefit packages, as well as longevity pay, tuition reimbursement and education incentive pay.
The Mercer Island Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency that exemplifies professionalism and service to the community. The department employs 32 commissioned police officers who serve a unique community with a population of 22,000. The department offers many specialty assignments to its officers to include community, school, and marine related positions.
- Starting Patrol Officer $60,116 (2013) (does not reflect specialty pay or education incentive of $100 per month for A.A. Degree or $175 per month for B.A. or B.S. Degree)
- Top Patrol $90,000 (2013) (Includes longevity pay)
- Depending on experience, lateral and experienced officers may begin at a pay rate higher than the starting rate.
- Specialty units receive premium pay, such as FTO's, Detectives, Marine Patrol Officers, Special Operations Team members, Dive Team members and others.
- Work Shifts: Patrol section officers work 8.5 hours per shift, with 6 days on-duty, followed by 3 days off. Most non-uniformed officers work 10 hour shifts, with 4 days on-duty, followed by 3 days off.
- Uniforms & Equipment: All uniforms and equipment (including academy uniforms) are supplied by the department. Uniform cleaning is also provided by the department.
- Insurance: Police employees receive excellent medical, dental and vision insurance coverage to include dependant family plans. A Retirement Health Care Savings plan (RHS) is available to employees. The City of Mercer Island provides paid life insurance premiums for employees as well.
- Long Term Disability Insurance for employees is paid for by the department and is available for dependants.
- Vacation starts accruing at 8 hours per month and increases with longevity to 16 hours per month.
- Officers receive 13 paid holidays annually, to include 3 floating holidays.
- Officers receive 16 hours of sick leave each month. The maximum accumulated sick time limit is 1040 hours.
- All officers are enrolled in the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF).
- A Deferred Compensation program is made available to those employees who choose to participate.
- Candidates must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.
- U.S. Citizenship is Required for Employment
- A minimum of an A.A. Degree or 90 college credits from an accredited college or university is required (this requirement is waived for lateral and experienced officers).
- Excellent physical condition is encouraged and preferred.
- Candidates must:
- Demonstrate excellent work attendance
- Possess or obtain a valid Washington State driver's license (before the end of the probationary period)
- Have a good driving record
- Possess good written and verbal communication skills
- Possess interpersonal and customer service skills
- Be able to prioritize and solve problems, utilize and enforce city and state codes, read maps and multi-task
- Candidates are required to take and pass the physical agility and written examination administered by PublicSafetyTesting.com. This requirement is waived for lateral and experienced officers.
- Candidates must attend and pass an oral interview in front of a Police Oral Interview Panel (you will be notified by the department when this will take place)
- Candidates must undergo an extensive background investigation, to include, but not limited to an aptitude examination and polygraph examination
- Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must complete and pass a psychological and medical examination, to include a drug screening
The City of Mercer Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all qualified persons to apply.