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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Policing.... A call to duty. 

Are you up for the challenge?

If you are looking for more than "just a job" and want to make a positive difference in your community every day, consider a career in law enforcement! Policing is a career with serious responsibilities and abounding rewards that really count in today's world. 

Few careers offer more opportunities for self-fulfillment than service as a law enforcement officer.

Do you have what it takes? 

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:


  • Chief of Police
  • Captain
  • Administrative Assistant 

Special Operations

  • Community Service Team
  • Investigations Division
  • Jail Division
  • Support Services Division


  • Four Sergeants
  • Twelve Patrol Officers

All police ranks of Sergeant and below, as well as all civilian ranks, are represented by the Oak Harbor Police Association.

OHPD provides opportunities to commissioned officers, which include: Motorcycle and bicycle assignments, Special Operations, to include detective positions, and HRET (High Risk Entry Team) assignments. The 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.  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.

Apprenticeship Program for Hired Entry Level Officers
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.
Employment Benefits
All employees receive:
  • Generous fully paid medical/dental plan for employee, 75% for spouse and children, vision paid in full for employee and dependents
  • Employer paid $25,000 life insurance
  • Employer paid Long Term Disability
  • One day a month each for sick leave, vacation
  • Ten holidays + one floating holiday
  • Education Incentive & Longevity Pay
  • On site wellness gym
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Island living at its best!
Entry Level Testing
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
Civilian Postions
When civilian positions become open, an application and testing process is announced and posted on the City’s Current Job Openings page. 
Lateral Entry Experienced- Interest List
If you are an experienced Police Officer with at least 24 continuous months of the past 36 months of full time duty as a police officer or deputy sheriff, and are  interested in employment with OHPD, please submit an email to the Civil Service Secretary  to be added to our interest list. 
When positions become open, an application and testing process is announced and posted on the City’s Current Job Openings page. If you are on our interest list, you will be contacted by email of the application testing process. 
Job Classifications
The following is a listing of all Civil Service job classifications within the Oak Harbor Police Department. 
  • Police Sergeant 
  • Police Officer - Entry Level and Lateral 


  • Jail Sergeant 
  • Corrections Officer - Entry Level and Lateral
  • Records and Evidence Supervisor
  • Records Information Specialist 
  • Police Receptionist
  • Animal Control Officer
The City of Oak Harbor is an equal opportunity employer


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