Service. Professionalism. Integrity.

Kent Police Department is composed of Officers and civilians who work together to enforce laws and care for their Kent neighbors, businesses and visitors. The men and women of Kent PD are dedicated to building public trust and legitimacy within our community through open communication and transparency with those we serve.

Be Safe – Do the Right Thing – Have Fun!

Every member of our department is here to promote the safety and well-being of our Kent neighbors and to improve the quality of life we enjoy within the City of Kent. Learn more about your future colleagues, the benefits of working for Kent PD, and the community we serve.

  • Our Department
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    Kent PD is a state-accredited law enforcement agency that employs 157 sworn Police Officers, 26 Corrections Officers and 28 civilian staff. Our speciality units include:


    • Detectives
    • Special Investigations
    • Neighborhood Response
    • Special Operations (Bike and Marine)
    • Traffic
    • SWAT
    • Recruiting
    • Field Training Officers (FTOs)
    • K-9
    • School Resource Officers

    We also maintain a technically and tactically proficient training cadre for our EVOC, Defensive Tactics and Firearms programs.

  • City of Kent

    × As the sixth largest city in Washington and covering over 34 square miles, the City of Kent is home to over 128,000 residents. We are minutes away from both Seattle and Tacoma in south King County, and our major attractions include Kent Station, the Showare Center, Blue Origins, and beautiful Lake Meridian.

    For non-PD career opportunities with the City of Kent, please visit our career site.

  • Compensation

    × Salary range from $68,520 up to $89,208 annually with many officers making over $100,000 annually after overtime!


    Kent PD offers a highly competitive compensation package for entry-level and lateral candidates, including an option for deferred compensation with an employer contribution.


    Salary enhancements may be available for candidates with specialty experience, recognized/approved instructor certification, and/or bilingual speaking ability. Ask a recruiter if you qualify!”

  • Incentive Pay

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    Qualifying lateral candidates receive a $10,000.00 hiring bonus.

    Take home car program and retirement medical program!

    Kent Police Department offers premium/incentive pay for:

    • Speciality assignment
    • Education
    • Bilingual
    • Certified instructors
    • Longevity

    All new hires receive a guaranteed training incentive.

  • Employee Benefits

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    • Take Home Car program
    • Deferred Compensation with an employer contribution.
    • Medical, dental and vision plan.
    • In-service and outside training opportunities
    • 4-10 work shift
    • Generous annual vacation, sick, and holiday hours
    • Advanced firearms program and indoor range
    • Education reimbursement
    • Compensatory time bank
    • LEOFF2 retirement
    • Department covers full cost for all uniforms, equipment and training

A MESSAGE FROM RAFAEL PADILLA, CHIEF OF POLICE

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I commend you for exploring a career dedicated to serving the Kent community. I am incredibly proud of the men and women of our department who have chosen this noble calling. Our people are the reason we are one of the best police departments in the country.

Our mission is to Aggressively Fight Crime, While Serving with Compassion. As chief, one of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our employees have the best available training, equipment and professional growth opportunities to keep our City safe and improve the quality of life for Kent residents. My leadership team and I work hard to make the Kent Police Department a place where people love to come to work because they are valued, respected and believe in what we stand for.

If you are a motivated, good person who wants to be a part of a team dedicated to improving the lives of the people we serve, then I would strongly encourage you to apply to become a part of the KPD Family.