Civil Service

Civil service positions in the City of Battle Ground are sworn officer positions held in the Police Department. The position of Police Officer is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Battle Ground and the Police Officer Association.  

Civil Service Commission

The primary focus of the Civil Service Commission is to ensure that pre-employment testing and hiring decisions for Police Department civil service employees are conducted in a fair, valid, competitive, and non-discriminatory manner. The commission may also preside over appeals involving civil service employee discipline.  Meeting dates and times are as noted in the Civil Service Rules.

Commissioned Police Officer Positions

 Entry Level

  • Entry level applicants begin the application process by registering and testing through Public Safety Testing.   After the City receives the applicant's score, he or she will be invited to complete a City employment application.

Academy Graduate

  • A trainee currently attending the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Academy who has successfully completed the Academy mid-term examination and is scheduled for graduation from the Academy within 60 days of applying; OR

    A graduate of an equivalent training academy from a state that has reciprocity with the WSCJTC; must successfully complete the WSCJTC Equivalency Academy and examination after appointment.


  • Candidates are required to have been employed as a state-commissioned law enforcement officer on a full-time basis for a period of at least 24 months at time of application for employment with the City of Battle Ground.  Out of state applicants must have the necessary training and experience to become certified with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Lateral Recruitment Brochure

Police Department Specialty Assignments

The Battle Ground Police Department is a full-service organization with challenging opportunities in police work for individuals who are interested in providing quality law enforcement services to the public. Battle Ground Police Department offers a variety of specialty assignments such as:

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Detective
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms Instructor
  • K-9 Officer
  • School Resource Officer
  • Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
  • Drug Recognition Expert

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