2023 Police Cadet

City of Kennewick, WA
September 2, 2023
Kennewick, WA
Job Type



The City of Kennewick will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee. We value integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship, and communication. We are accountable to our community for innovative and collaborative efforts that anticipate needs, leverage resources, and deliver solutions.


We expect our employees to ensure compliance with all applicable safety practices and policies, including those established by OSHA/DOSH regulations and by the City's Accident Prevention Plan. This includes but is not limited to actively identifying and correcting potential hazards that may affect employee and public safety, including those identified by co-workers. Leading by example to promote a positive culture of workplace safety through everyday action; emphasizing safe completion of work throughout all aspects of developing and carrying out work plans.


The Cadet Program offers an introduction to a rewarding career in law enforcement to those interested. Candidates must be between the age of 18 and 20 years when entering the program. The program will provide hands-on training and mentorship to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare Cadets for full-time employment opportunities as a Police Officer with the Kennewick Police Department. Police Cadets will be eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement during the program and must have a strong interest in securing full-time employment with the City of Kennewick in law enforcement.


  • Applications submitted for this position are processed once per month.
  • Candidates meeting the job requirements will be sent instructions via email when the application is processed.
  • Make sure to check your SPAM folder on a regular basis. Applicants who do not follow the instructions by the deadline, will be removed from the recruitment process.


  • For more information about our recruitment process, visit the Kennewick Police Department Employment page at https://www.go2kennewick.com/406/Police-Employment
  • For more information about the PAT requirements and a demonstration video, visit the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission website https://cjtc.wa.gov/update-to-the-physical-ability-test-(pat) .

Examples of Work Performed (Illustrative Only)

Depending upon assignment, typical duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform a variety of fundamental duties in various divisions of the Kennewick Police Department.
  • Provide basic assistance in research projects, special reports, and special departmental problems.
  • Gather, compile, tabulate, and report statistical data.
  • Acquire working knowledge of department practices, procedures, equipment, and organizational systems.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

  • 18-20 years old at the time of the initial Physical Abilities Test (PAT) and Written Essay exam.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED Certificate, or provide certification from the state department of education that his or her schooling meets the minimum requirements for a high school diploma.
  • Must meet the requirements to be qualified for consideration of Civil Service appointment as an Entry Level Police Officer between age 21 and 22.
  • Must pass civil service testing standards and meet department standards.
  • Must be enrolled or have an approved plan to enroll at an accredited college or university taking courses as a student leading to a degree and/or certificate at time of hire.

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

  • Must successfully pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) prior to hire. You will be contacted with instructions via email after your application is processed.

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

  • Push-ups - Timed test - 90 seconds to complete a minimum of 20
  • Sit-ups - Timed test - 90 seconds to complete a minimum of 25
  • Squat Thrusts - Timed Test - 3 minutes to complete a minimum of 35

Supplemental Requirements

To perform the essential functions of the classification, incumbents must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Simple research and statistical methods.
  • English usage, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Schedule is variable up to 20 hours per week.

This position is not subject to health or retirement benefits. But, this position is eligible for Washington State Paid Sick Leave to accrue 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.

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