Chapter 2.16


2.16.010    Established.

2.16.020    Chief.

2.16.030    Appointments and commissions.

2.16.040    Powers.

2.16.050    Authorized personnel.

2.16.060    Officer grades.

2.16.070    Advancement.

2.16.080    Lateral transfer.

2.16.090    Reserves.

2.16.095    Authority of support services officer.

2.16.100    Discipline.

2.16.110    Fingerprinting fee.

2.16.010 Established.

There is established and created a department of police to be operated under the direction and control of a chief of police, subject to the supervision of the mayor. (Ord. 299 § 1, 1983)

2.16.020 Chief.

The position of chief of police shall be filled by appointment by the mayor with confirmation by the city council, and shall be exempt as allowed by RCW 41.12.050 from the benefits and requirements of any applicable civil service law, rule, regulation or requirement. (Ord. 588 § 1, 1994; Ord. 299 § 2, 1983)

2.16.030 Appointments and commissions.

All personnel below the rank of chief shall be appointed and commissioned by the mayor and chief of police in accordance with the applicable law, ordinance, rule or regulation relating to civil service then in force and effect. (Ord. 299 § 3, 1983)

2.16.040 Powers.

The chief of police and all commissioned police personnel shall have the powers granted, with the duties imposed, by the laws of the state relating to chiefs of police and law enforcement personnel of cities of the class to which Lake Forest Park belongs and, in addition thereto, the chief and all other commissioned police personnel of the police department shall have the power and duty to enforce the ordinances of the city and to perform such other services as the laws of the state or the ordinances of the city require. (Ord. 299 § 4, 1983)

2.16.050 Authorized personnel.

A. The police department shall consist of such positions as are funded in the city’s budget, to include, subject to such funding, the following regular commissioned personnel: one chief of police, and police officers as authorized by the mayor and city council.

B. The department may be augmented by commissioned and clerical personnel as the city council from time to time provides. Clerical personnel shall not be commissioned police officers nor shall they be subject to or be under any of the civil service regulations in force or effect. (Ord. 299 § 5, 1983)

2.16.060 Officer grades.

The classification of police officers shall consist of the following grades:

A. Probationary;

B. Grade 3;

C. Grade 2;

D. Grade 1. (Ord. 299 § 6, 1983)

2.16.070 Advancement.

Upon recommendation of the chief of police and with approval of the mayor, police officers shall be eligible for consideration for advancement to the next higher grade in accordance with the following schedule:

A. A probationary officer must serve a minimum of nine months satisfactory active duty to become eligible for consideration to officer grade 3.

B. A grade 3 officer must serve a minimum of one year satisfactory active duty to become eligible for consideration for officer grade 2.

C. A grade 2 officer must serve a minimum of one year satisfactory active duty to become eligible for consideration for officer grade 1.

D. A grade 1 officer must serve a minimum of two-and-one-half years satisfactory active duty to become eligible for the rank of sergeant.

E. All officers are required to devote a minimum of 15 hours per year to maintain their professional competence. All competence activities must be approved by the chief of police prior to entering into the activities. Time devoted to these activities is not subject to compensation.

F. All officers will receive an annual performance review conducted by the chief of police.

G. All candidates for advancement must have an annual performance review of satisfactory or higher.

H. Advancement shall not be automatic. (Ord. 299 § 7, 1983)

2.16.080 Lateral transfer.

Notwithstanding anything in this chapter or in any rule or regulation of the civil service commission, experienced officers from other jurisdictions may be employed by the city at appropriate entry grade levels without first completing eligibility requirements; provided, however, that such officers shall be subject to the then applicable probationary period. (Ord. 299 § 8, 1983)

2.16.090 Reserves.

The chief of police, subject to the approval of the mayor, may appoint as many reserve officers as necessary to assist full-time members in carrying out the functions of the police department. Reserve officers shall at all times be under the control of the chief of police and may be discharged at the pleasure of the chief of police. Reserve officers shall be compensated for shifts assigned as per budget provisions, not to exceed 35 hours per week. The chief of police shall be responsible for the training, discipline and control of all reserve officers and shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations to effect those purposes. (Ord. 299 § 9, 1983)

2.16.095 Authority of support services officer.

The support services officer shall have the power and duty to enforce the regulations set forth in Lake Forest Park Municipal Code as authorized by RCW 10.93.020(10), and as directed by the chief of police in the performance of his/her duties within the city limits of Lake Forest Park. (Ord. 1237 § 1, 2022; Ord. 1080 § 2, 2014)

2.16.100 Discipline.

The mayor and chief of police shall have the power to exercise such disciplinary powers as otherwise provided by state law and city ordinances, subject to review as provided by the city civil service commission. (Ord. 299 § 10, 1983)

2.16.110 Fingerprinting fee.

The fingerprinting fee shall be as established periodically by city council resolution. (Ord. 787 § 1, 1999; Ord. 326 § 4, 1984)