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Job Notice - Lateral Police Officer

Job Notice - Lateral Police Officer

The Cosmopolis Police Department is seeking Lateral Police Officer applicants to establish an eligibility list.

The City of Cosmopolis is an equal opportunity employer.

All applicants must be twenty-one (21) years old and a citizen of the United States; have a high school diploma or equivalent; valid Washington State Vehicle Operator's license with no pending risk of loss; ability to read and write the English language. Applicants must have maintained sufficient physical agility as to be able to perform the usual and regular duty assignments of a police officer.

Cosmopolis Police Department


Police Officer

Lateral Entry
Open Continuous

SALARY $4931 to $5716 month (DOQ)

Minimum Qualifications

Prior to application, twelve (12) months of fulltime, paid service as a general authority law enforcement officer as defined in RCW 10.93.020.


The applicant must not have any period of separation from law enforcement as defined in RCW 43.101.095 that exceeds 3 years prior to application with the city.

Applicant must have successfully completed the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy or be a graduate of a municipal or regional Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent that is accepted by the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Out of state hires are required to successfully complete the WA State Equivalency Academy (two week course) within one year of employment. Tribal Officers may be accepted as lateral entry applicants if they have twelve (12) months of full time, paid service with a Tribal Police Agency within Washington State and have completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy and are eligible for peace officer certification by the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission.


Lateral Entry Process:
Interested applicants should contact Chief Casey Stratton or Deputy Chief Heath Layman for confirmation of qualifications. The candidate will then complete an Employment Application (Available at City Hall – 1300 First Street, Cosmopolis WA 98537, or by using the link at the bottom of this page), to be returned no later than 06-15-2021.


Once the application deadline has been reached, the applicants will be given a date for an oral board interview at the Cosmopolis Police Department. Testing scores will determine placement on the Civil Service Commission Eligibility List. The commission will certify the top ten (10) names from the lateral entry eligibility list for hiring consideration.

The next step will be an interview with department Command Staff. Successful candidates may move on to a thorough background investigation process. This will include, but is not limited to, reference checks, employment verification, a polygraph test. A conditional offer of employment will only be made to candidates who successfully complete the background investigation phase. Conditional offers of employment are still subject to a comprehensive medical and psychological examination.

If you have any questions about the testing process, please contact Chief Casey Stratton @ 360-532-9237 or via Email at


Download Employment Application