Teresa Pierce -
Public Information Officer / Deputy City Clerk
360-417-4630 or Cell: 360-797-3213 or email@example.com
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PORT ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMISES MADE - PROMISES KEPT Promise to uphold my Oath of Office and the laws of Washington, the United States,
the policies of the Port Angeles Police Department and our Mission at all times.
I further promise to remember every day that I chose this career calling
because I believed then – as I believe now – that I can truly make a positive difference in the lives of others.
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POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL & MID-YEAR REPORTS The Port Angeles Police Department's 2012 Annual Report is available for review.
The Port Angeles Police Department is committed to working, within budgetary constraints, to help make the City of Port Angeles one of the most attractive cities for businesses and people from all walks of life and cultures.
Fundamental to the Department's success is a sense of duty on the part of staff and commitment to behave in a way that does not bring discredit to the employee, the agency, or the community.
We are YOUR police department - a place where integrity matters.
The Department recognizes that they can only meet their mission by working in close partnership with all community stakeholders. The Annual and most recent Quarterly Report is available for your review.
The Department is dedicated to working proactively with the community to provide real solutions to crime and other social issues that threaten to compromise the high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Port Angeles....
PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD Members of the Public Safety Advisory Board advise and make recommendations to the City Manager, Chief of Police, and Fire Chief concerning the provision of public safety services within the City to enhance Police Department and Fire Department-community relations. The Board reviews and makes recommendations concerning Police and Fire Department policies, procedures, programs, accreditation standards, and budgetary implications; reviews the qualifications and performance of licensees under Chapter 5.08 of the Port Angeles Municipal Code; and promotes public awareness of the City's Police and Fire services and programs.
The Board shall consist of 12 members, who shall meet the following criteria, provided that a majority of the members shall be City residents:
A. All members shall either be City residents or work or attend school within the City;
B. At least two members shall be owners or managers of businesses located within the City;
C. One member shall be a representative from the Port Angeles School District #121.
D. At least one member shall be a high school student that is recommended by school administration.
E. One member shall be affiliated with an associated EMS agency that operates in the City of Port Angeles.
F. Other members shall be selected, to the extent feasible, to represent diverse segments of the community.
G. Eligibility shall not extend to defendants in any pending criminal matter before the courts nor to those individuals under active supervision by the Department of Corrections.
H. The Chief of Police and the Fire Chief shall serve as advisors to the Board.
It also holds public meetings from time to time to solicit public input regarding public safety services and programs; serves as a liaison between the Police and Fire Departments and the community; apprises the City Council, City Manager, Chief of Police and Fire Chief of the community's need for public safety services; and encourages individuals and community groups to assist in the police and fire programs and services, including the provision of funds, manpower and capital.
The Public Safety Advisory Board reviews and makes recommendations concerning such other and further matters as may be referred to the Board, from time to time, by the City Council, City Manager, Police Chief or Fire Chief; and reviews and makes recommendations regarding legislative changes affecting public safety services in Port Angeles. All members shall either be City residents or work or attend school within the City. The Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., at the Port Angeles Fire Hall.
Port Angeles Police Department's "patrol division" is comprised of 14 patrol officers, 3 Corporals, and 3 Sergeants. Patrol Officers work one of three, 8-hour shifts and rotate shifts together every three months.
Patrol service includes all of the traditional duties and also allows officers the opportunity to serve in many specialty assignments. Specialty assignments include K-9 handler, School Resource Officer, Bike Patrol Unit, Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiation Officer, Sniper, Port Liaison Officer, etc.
Our Detective Division includes three detectives, one Detective Corporal, and one Detective Sergeant. The Detective Division is responsible for most felony investigations.
A non-commissioned parking enforcement officer supplements patrol services. A civilian employee performs special duties during dayshift, including management of several programs such as Volunteers, Special Events and Departmental Accreditation.
The Police Department has re-established a Reserve Police Officer Program.
The Reserve Police Officer is a uniformed volunteer that works to support the operations of the Police Department. They don't supplant the positions of a full time officer, but are used as a backup officer in a patrol car, provide traffic control at the scene of a collision or assist with crime scene security. Reserve Police Officers are required to complete a regional 220-hour State Accredited Law Enforcement Academy prior to receiving a police commission.
If you are interested in being a Reserve Police Officer, call the Port Angeles Police Department and ask to speak to the Reserve Coordinator.
City of Port Angeles Police Department Seeks Reserve Officers
Are you interested in serving your community, or are you considering a career in law enforcement?
Become a Reserve Officer for the Port Angeles Police Department!
Reserve Officers, in the observation of full-commissioned officers, often do the same job as full-commissioned officers and therefore must meet the same standards and requirements. Applicants must successfully pass a test that measures written communication skills (rather than specific police knowledge), a physical, and an oral interview. When successful, during those portions of the process, applicants must then submit to a background check, credit check, polygraph, and psychological exam.
After that they must successfully pass a 220+ hour Reserve Officer Academy - to be sponsored by Sequim Police Department in 2007. Complete information on the RPO program and application packets will be available in our front lobby soon.
Call during regular business hours at 360-452-4545.
K-9 Unit History
Due in large part to the initiative of Corporal Kevin Miller and the generosity of the Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO), the Port Angeles Police Department K-9 unit became a reality.
Corporal Miller researched and demonstrated the need for such a program and ARCO provided a grant that paid for a Dutch born German Shepherd, equipment, and for the units training.
After successful completion of "Patrol School" in mid-1996, the Port Angeles Police Department welcomed K-9 "Arco" to patrol duty. Arco and Corporal Miller were a vital component of the crime fighting efforts in Clallam County.
In 1998, Corporal Miller and Arco attended Narcotic Detection Training at McNeil Island in Washington State. K-9 Arco earned the coveted "Top Dog" award for finishing first in the class. Later the same year, the Washington State Police Canine Association granted a letter of accreditation to Arco in the discipline of narcotics detection and generalist work (tracking, suspect control, evidence/building search and master protection), making Arco an official state accredited "dual trained" police dog.
Unfortunately, K9 Arco passed away in November of 2007..........
The Port Angeles Police Department is not the only department keeping a K-9 and handler Corporal Miller busy.
The unit has been utilized by Washington State Patrol, Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Sequim Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Customs, Olympic National Park Law Enforcement, Washington State Department of Corrections and Port Townsend Police.
When the unit is not on patrol, you can often find them training at the K-9 obstacle course, constructed by Corporal Miller and Sergeant Jim Baertschiger.
With the help of local businesses and organizations, Kevin and Jim constructed a course to be envied, on land donated by the Port of Port Angeles.
Click photos to the right, and below, to view larger image size. Photos of Kilo courtesy of Nancy Bogues - thank you!
In 2002, Officer Brusseau was selected to handle a second police dog. Corporal Miller and Officer Brusseau selected another German Shepherd named Kilo.
K-9 Officer Kilo
Kilo is a German Shepherd that has been with the Port Angeles Police Department since August of 2002.
Kilo is a true German Shepherd dog born in Bremerhaven Germany.
Kilo is cross trained for Patrol (generalist) and Narcotics (specialist) and had been working the streets since March of 2003. During his tenure with the Port Angeles Police Department Kilo has over 40 captures and numerous narcotics finds.
K-9 Officer Jag After an extensive nation-wide search, the Police Department welcomed K9 Jag to the Department in 2008.
K-9 Officer Jäg is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois imported from Germany. He was a "green" dog when he arrived at the Department, but he did have some fundamental obedience skills.
Jäg successfully completed our training academy, State certification, and has received his letter of accreditation from the Washington State Police Canine Association. Jäg is now working the streets as a patrol dog.
The Port Angeles Police Department extends its gratitude to British Petroleum. BP's generosity funded the purchase and training of Jäg. Because of BP, the safety of our officers will be enhanced for years to come.
K-9 Officer Bogey
K-9 Bogey joined the Department in 2013. Within a month of going operational, K9 Bogey and Officer DeGand had made three apprehensions of suspects.
Officer DeGand has been with the Port Angeles Police Department since January 2011. He previously served as a Deputy with the King County Sheriff's Department.
Port Angeles Police Department Corporal Kevin Miller works with another Department's K-9 during a training exercise.
Jobs - Entry Level & Lateral Openings Port Angeles Police Department uses Public Safety Testing.com to screen prospective applicants and to conduct the initial written and physical testing portions of the hiring process. All applicants are required to test with Public Safety Testing first. This includes both entry level and lateral applicants.
For complete information about job opportunities with the Port Angeles Police Department please check with Public Safety Testing.com or call 1-866-HIRE-911 for testing process information.
Be sure to request your result be sent to PAPD. Human Resouces will contact applicants who successfully pass the Public Safety Testing exam.
Successful applicants will then proceed to the next step of the hiring process, which will include interviews, a thorough background check, psychological and polygraph examinations. Applicants that successfully pass all portions of the hiring process will be placed on a list to be certified by the Civil Service.
Other department requirements:
Possession of a two-year college degree or the equivalent (90) quarter units.
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of hire and a United States citizen in good physical condition. Must pass pre-employment medical examination, truth verification examination, psychological examination and extensive background investigation. Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license at the time of appointment and have a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier, no felony criminal convictions or any other conviction that would disqualify a successful applicant from carrying a firearm.
Following hire, must successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Academy or equivalency academy, a 14-week Field Training Program and a 12-month probationary period following the completion of the State academy.
Four-year college degree, stable job history, and public service experience. Strong written and oral communication skills. Must be willing to work any shift assigned, weekends, and holidays (24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation)
The City of Port Angeles offers an excellent salary and benefit package, combined with quality of life perks such as a short commute, beautiful community, reasonable home prices, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons.
The 2009 wage package for officers includes Educational Incentive pay, longevity pay, excellent insurance through Teamsters including a Retirement Insurance package, generous holiday and vacation benefits, a 3% City-matching deferred compensation plan, and take-home cars.
The City of Port Angeles has five Sergeants, four Corporals, four detectives, Downtown Officer (DRO), School Resource Officer (SRO), and two K-9 officers. There are 32 commissioned officers when we are fully staffed.
The Port Angeles Police Department is a department that is well-trained and well thought of in our community. We believe in working together in partnership with the community we serve to provide the highest possible level of law enforcement services to the citizens of Port Angeles.
City of Port Angeles Police Department's
Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP)
It is the policy of the City of Port Angeles Police Department, consistent with applicable federal and state laws, to afford equal employment opportunities to its employees and applicants for employment on the basis of fitness and merit, without regard to race, color, or creed, without regard to their sex, marital status, or religion, and without regard to their national origin, mental or physical disability and without regard to other legally protected class-statuses. It is not the intent of this policy to permit or require the lowering of bona fide job requirements or qualification standards to give preference to any employee or applicant for employment.
Additionally it is the policy of the Port Angeles Police Department to provide its employees a viable means for communicating and resolving grievances and complaints regarding allegations of unlawful discriminatory employment practices. All allegations of failure to comply with this policy will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken to enforce the policy.
Persons interested in receiving a copy of the City of Port Angeles Police Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, should send a written request with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
The Port Angeles Police Department
321 East 5th Street
Port Angeles WA 98362