The Tacoma Police Department is on a mission to reflect and protect our community. We are actively working to find and hire new and experienced officers who reflect the diversity of Tacoma. As we work to improve, we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
The Tacoma Police Department offers highly competitive pay and benefits. We are committed to helping every officer grow, advance, and create a meaningful career.
We acknowledge that change is overdue in our profession and improvement is needed in our department. Law enforcement in America doesn't have a record of treating all people fairly. It's more than unfortunate — it's wrong. Here's what we're doing about it.
If you're considering a career in policing or you're an experienced officer with a heart to do first-rate community protection, we invite you to apply. Come be a part of the changing face of Tacoma Police.
The Tacoma Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis.
If you have questions about applying or becoming a TPD officer, we'd love to connect with you.
Call Officer Taylor Reeves
at (253) 881-8861
To learn more about the Tacoma Police Department, visit the City of Tacoma's website.
No. A successful PAT earns you the right to take the written test.
This list is established by the Human Resources Department and is based on the written test score and military experience of candidates. Candidates are ranked by numbers and more than one candidate may be in one rank. For example, an eligibility list may have two candidates in Rank 1, eight candidates in Rank 2, and so on.
The Tacoma Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. Any candidate who is physically and cognitively able to meet the requirements of the position is welcome to apply. It would be impractical to list all of the various medical standards a candidate must meet. However, vision and hearing standards generate the most inquiries.
On average, the City of Tacoma Human Resources office receives 400 applications per test cycle.
Yes! The hiring process for out-of-state officers is the same as for in-state officers. Typically, in-state officers complete several steps of the process in person. We will work with you to complete as many steps as possible remotely. Your attention to detail, responsiveness, and communication will be key to getting hired quickly. After you receive a conditional offer of employment, an on-site visit will be required for the final polygraph, psychological, and medical exams.
No. The Tacoma Police Department does not have an age cut-off for new or lateral officers. However, applicants must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT). The PAT is an evaluation tool for us to gauge your ability to participate in the physical requirements expected for the position.