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NOTICE OF NEW INCENTIVES: The Tacoma Police Department is offering an incentive for lateral hires. The incentive includes $10,000 upon commission and will be paid to the employee on their first check; $7,500 upon completion of probation; and an additional $7,500 one year after the completion of probation.  


Apply Now: Application Period Open Through May 20, 2022

Our next test date is scheduled for June 25, 2022. The application period for that test is now open and runs through May 20, 2022.


View job openings for:


Police Officer Recruit (Entry Level)


Experienced Police Officer (Lateral)


Other department or city positions


Please see our hiring process for more information about how to become a Tacoma Police Department employee.


Comprehensive and Competitive Pay & Benefits Package Available

We offer a comprehensive pay and benefits package to our employees including:

  • Full Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • LEOFF II Retirement
  • Deferred Compensation Matched by the City
  • Holiday Pay
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Police Training Officer Pay
  • Patrol Specialist Pay
  • Educational Incentive Pay
  • CALEA Certification Pay
  • Bilingual Incentive Pay
  • Longevity Pay

The Tacoma Police Department is an approved agency for G.I. Bill benefits.


Tacoma Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

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 prohibited by federal, state and local laws.