Police Support Officer (PSO), Tukwila PD

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The Tukwila Police Department is recruiting for Entry Level Police Support Officer (PSO). Upon completion of the entry level exam and WAPAT testing, all applicants scores are automatically forwarded to the Tukwila Police Department.

All applicants must take the entry level exam as well as the WAPAT prior to June 30, 2021. The Tukwila Police Department will accept WAPAT scores from other agencies for further review and considerations.

Applicants who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and WAPAT, the Tukwila Police Department will contact applicants upon reviewing application materials and scores to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process.

The Tukwila Police Department requires the candidate Tukwila PHQ. You can access the questionnaire here.  We encourage you to complete the Tukwila PHQ as soon as possible.  The Tukwila PHQ must be complete or you may not be considered further in the process.

Salary Information: $5,373.00

About Our Community:
A unique city, Tukwila is one of the most diverse communities in the country, with more than 80 languages spoken in its schools.   Tukwila is also home to Southcenter Mall, which is the largest retail mall in the Pacific Northwest.  The population of Tukwila is just over 20,000, however, more than 47,000 people work in the City every day and the daytime population increases to over 150,000.   The City has 325 full time employees, 90 temporary extra labor and nine labor unions.  Tukwila is a full-service city, with its own Police and Fire departments, as well as a robust Public Works department.

Our Mission: To provide superior services that support a safe, inviting, healthy environment for our residents, businesses and guests.

All potential team members are evaluated on the following values:

Caring –We support the diverse community we serve with compassion, empathy and kindness.

Professional – We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and act with integrity and transparency. We are respectful and courteous with all.

Responsive – We are timely and effective in the delivery of great customer service. We continually strive to find innovative ways to improve.

About the Tukwila Police Department:
The members of the Tukwila Police Department are committed to being responsive to our community in the delivery of quality services. We recognize our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our mission is improve quality of life for all through community partnerships and problem solving to promote safe, secure neighborhoods.

Selection and Civil Service Testing Guidelines:
Civil Service Testing for entry consists of complete online application (including transcripts), a telephone interview, written exam, oral board, background investigation, polygraph examination, written/oral psychological exams, and a medical exam. The testing is scheduled at your convenience. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to [email protected]

Area Information:  Tukwila/ King County

Population: 20,000


Job Requirements


Age : 21

US Citizen : US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

High School Grad/GED : Yes

Valid WASHINGTON State Driver’s License : Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English : Yes

College : No

Academy Certification : No

Prior Experience : No

How To Apply : Fill out application online completely. We do not accept incomplete applications, attached resumes are not accepted as an online application.

**Please read the educational and experience requirements on this posting. Ensure to include on your application: name(s) of basic law enforcement academy attended, credits completed, which State or Territory you have fulfilled your training, and attach your WSCJTC Correction Academy Certification.

Veteran’s Preference Points : City of Tukwila follows the guidance given by the State of Washington regarding applying veteran’s points. Please attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB Form 22 to your online application if you are eligible to claim these points.

The City of Tukwila is an equal opportunity employer and strives to employ a diverse workforce reflective of the community it serves. Qualified applicants with multicultural experience and/or backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information about Tukwila PD recruitment process: City of Tukwila Police Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities : Receives into custody persons arrested by officers; conducts full search of arrested persons, completes records, fingerprints and photographs prisoners; receives prisoner property for safekeeping, transport, or evidence; transports prisoners to jail or holding cell; provides courtroom security.

Transports persons in custody to the court(s), and provides security and control over prisoners.

Takes person(s) into custody, when necessary, under the authority of a limited commission, for violations of the law associated with courtroom security or the movement of prisoners.

Maintains order of prisoners and/or courtroom, including: breaks up fights between two or more persons; applies handcuffs or other restraints, when appropriate; subdues physically attacking persons; grips persons tightly to prevent escape; draws a weapon, and if necessary, discharges the weapon to protect self or life of another.

Safely operates City of Tukwila motor vehicles in accordance with applicable state/local laws and departmental policy.

Keeps holding facility clean, organized, and supplied with necessary forms and equipment.

Ensures department AED and other equipment receives regular maintenance by coordinating the repair with the appropriate entity. Documents maintenance or service conducted as required.

Assists with traffic control at accident scenes, community events, and broken traffic signals, as needed.

Moves or relocates heavy equipment, supplies, and/or property.

May respond to calls for assistance of a non-criminal nature (i.e. citizen/motorist assists).

Assists Support Operations in covering phones, retrieving records, assisting the public, and performing fingerprinting duties as assigned.

Maintains CPR and First Aid certifications.

Become familiar with, follow, and actively support the mission, vision, values, policies and procedures of the Tukwila Police Department.

Transports evidence to and from the crime lab.

Maintains reasonable, predictable, and regular attendance during the assigned work week hours.

KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry) :

  • General mission of the police department and roles of officer and support personnel;
  • Criminal justice system; and
  • Limits to own position’s authority.


SKILLS (position requirements at entry) :

  • Remaining calm and objective during emergency circumstances;
  • Maintaining proficiency with department authorized firearms;
  • Applying physical restraint techniques on persons in custody;
  • Obtaining cooperation from others;
  • Relating to people in a positive and professional manner;
  • Investigating and evaluating situations; and
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.



  1. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  2. A valid Washington State driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment.
  3. ACCESS level I certification required within 6 months of hire.
  4. Must successfully have completed the Washington State Corrections Officer Academy (or equivalent).

This position is subject to a comprehensive backgrounding process including: personal background investigation, polygraph exam, psychological evaluation, and a medical physical which includes a drug screen.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY/REQUIREMENTS : Physical ability required sufficient to perform the essential functions of the position.

Other Requirements – Automatic Disqualification barring employment in the City of Tukwila PD :

  • Any adult felony conviction on current criminal record at time of application;
  • Any juvenile felony conviction within the past five years;
  • Conviction of any crime of violence, including domestic violence;
  • Commission of any sexual offense within the past 10 years;
  • Any conviction of a felony crime at any time while employed in any capacity with Law Enforcement Agency (including volunteer, intern, Explorer, and reserve positions);
  • Any theft of property or money within the last five years;
  • Any conviction for a sex related crime;
  • Ever having to register as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status;
  • Any conviction for solicitation of prostitution;
  • Any misdemeanor convictions for crimes not specifically stated above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Drug Use:

  • As an adult, convicted of any felony drug crime;
  • Have used marijuana or mushrooms within the last one year;
  • Used hallucinogens (including GHB and ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last 10 years;
  • Usage of any other illegal drug, including steroids and prescription abuse, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis;
  • Have illegally used 4 or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last 10 years;
  • Have at any time manufactured, transported or cultivated illegal drugs (including marijuana) for the purpose of sale or distribution;
  • Have used any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity;
  • Have ever obtained or used a prescription drug under false pretenses;
  • Have ever, at any time, injected amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium;
  • Have ever illegally used a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement Agency;
  • Have ever sold or distributed illegal drugs, including marijuana;
  • Any more than two drug convictions for any of the narcotics listed above.

Traffic Record:

  • Any criminal traffic conviction within the past 5 years. Violation examples include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, negligent driving, or hit and run driving;
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license (for any traffic violation) within five years of the date of the employment application;
  • Any more than two criminal convictions for traffic related offenses.

Financial Record

    • Any willful failure to pay income tax or court ordered child support is disqualifying;

A credit check will be conducted regarding your financial history.

Military Record:

  • Must have been discharged from the Military under honorable conditions. Any discharge other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Potential Disqualification:

  • Any applicant who maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who are criminals and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current criminal activity;
  • An applicant’s criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, “Alford” pleases, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification;
  • Commission of any crime (non-conviction).