City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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The Oak Harbor Police Department is a growing and progressive law enforcement agency, currently consisting of 26 Commissioned Police Officers and 12 Non-Commissioned personnel. The Department is divided into three divisions: Administration, Special Operations and Patrol.  All police ranks of Sergeant and below, as well as all civilian ranks, are represented by the Oak Harbor Police Association.

Commissioned personnel assignment opportunities include patrol, traffic (motor) unit, investigations, street crimes, tactical team, field training, and promotional advancements, as well as collateral assignments.  All Police Officers are covered by the Washington State Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters (LEOFF) Retirement System. Civilian personnel are covered by the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS).
The Department is strongly oriented towards community service and enjoys strong support from its citizens. The City enjoys the advantage of operating its own Jail facility. The Department has achieved a high level of automation in recent years, and continues to seek modern and innovative service enhancements.

Our Department is committed to training, and takes full advantage of courses and certifications offered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and other recognized learning institutions.

The Oak Harbor Police Department has a Washington State approved Apprenticeship Program for the position of Police Officer.  This program is available to entry-level officers after they are hired with the Oak Harbor Police Department.  Qualifying Entry-Level new hires who are veterans may be eligible to receive a monthly G.I. Bill benefit check while participating in our 2-year Apprenticeship Program. This program is not required.
All employees receive:
  • Excellent medical, prescription drug, dental and vision benefits
  • Education Incentive Pay
  • Two to four weeks paid vacation
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Overtime Pay, or Compensatory Time
  • Basic Life Insurance coverage, and long-term disability insurance 
TESTING (Entry-Level):
All full-time positions are filled through an application and testing process conducted by the Oak Harbor Civil Service Commission. Entry-Level Police Officers and Entry-Level Corrections Officer initial testing is conducted through National Testing Network, Inc

CLICK HERE for an Information Sheet about the testing process through National Testing Network, Inc.

When civilian positions become open, an application and testing process is announced and posted on the City’s Current Job Openings page. 
Lateral (experienced) positions are not filled via National Testing Network, but through Civil Service Commission application and testing process, which will also be announced when open.
APPLICANT INTEREST LIST (Lateral Entry - Experienced):
Those persons interested in receiving notification of the next testing process for Non Entry-Level (Lateral Experienced) Police Officer or Non Entry-Level (Lateral Experienced) Corrections Officer may leave their name with the Civil Service Secretary/Chief Examiner at (360) 279-4518, or may notify us by email. Interested persons should request that their name be added to the Applicant Interest List  for the specific position/s interested in. When the next application process is opened, those persons will receive notice by mail.  When positions become open, an application and testing process is announced and posted on the City’s Current Job Openings page.
The following is a listing of all Civil Service positions/job classifications within the Oak Harbor Police Department. Links are provided to the Job Descriptions, which will list the minimum qualifications for each position.
The City of Oak Harbor is an equal opportunity employer

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