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If you’re a role model, a guardian, and a mentor who seeks challenge, excitement, and daily opportunities to make a positive difference in your community, you’ve come to the right place.

The Yakima Police Department currently has openings for the position of Police Officer. Join our team of dedicated professionals and enjoy a rewarding work environment with an exceptional salary, excellent benefits, and the opportunity to advance your career to specialty units and supervisory roles.

Completing the pre-employment testing and training can be a rigorous process, but it ensures each officer ultimately hired to join YPD is successfully prepared. If you have what it takes, you can be the difference.

We offer an expedited testing process for lateral officers!

For more information about becoming a YPD Officer, contact:
Recruiting Officer Hailie Meyers, 509-575-3559, JoinYPD@yakimawa.gov or HR Specialist Abbi Rhoads, Abigail.rhoads@yakimawa.gov, 509-576-6609

Other Opportunities at YPD

In addition to Police and Corrections Officers, YPD has non-commissioned positions, including Communications (911 and Dispatch), Police Services and Records, and Administrative functions. For more information on these positions, please visit the City of Yakima Job Descriptions.

YPD Officer Benefits…

Compensation contracts are scheduled for increase mid-year 2020.

Entry Level Starting Salary

$67,056+

Lateral Officer Starting Salary

$76,548+

Top Step Officer Starting Salary

$90,900+

  • Paid Training
  • Retirement and Pension
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Pay
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Educational Incentives
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Uniforms Provided
  • Take-Home Vehicle (On and Off-Duty Use)
  • Five Day Work Week/10.67 Hour Shifts
  • Four & Five Day Weekends

Special Unit Training & Pay…

  • Bilingual Certification
  • Narcotics
  • Traffic/Motors
  • Gang Unit
  • Investigations
  • Field Training Officers
  • Crisis Response Unit (CNT/SWAT)
  • K9 Team Unit

Benefits of Living in Yakima, WA…

Yakima is a thriving region in Central Washington with close proximity to Seattle, Portland, and Spokane. The Yakima Valley is well known for its local produce, wineries, and breweries. Yakima is now becoming a mecca for those looking for a small, friendly environment, great weather, affordable housing, and lower cost of living, but still having all the amenities and conveniences that a metropolitan area has to offer.

Low cost of living with no state income tax

Four seasons with 300 days of sunshine

Mountains, cities, and coastlines just a short distance away

Supportive community and department leadership


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