Diversity in Today's Policing
Chief's Message to Interested Candidate
Are you looking for an exciting and fulfilling career? Congratulations on taking the first step towards applying for a most rewarding job – that of a Mount Vernon Police Officer!
Policing is a rewarding and respected profession that provides great opportunities for growth, job variety, and a chance to make a difference in your community. It’s a career that includes great benefits and long-term financial security with a state funded pension.
Now, more than ever, we are looking to fill our ranks with officers who reflect our Mount Vernon community. We hope to hire qualified individuals of various ethnicities who will help expand the culture of our Department.
Policing requires a unique blend of traits and characteristics that are not unique to a specific gender, ethnicity, or background. These traits include the following.
• Effective Communication
• Problem Solving
• Decision Making
• Ability to relate to people on a personal level
Policing is a field that respects and encourages individuality. Being a member of a minority group will not limit your ability to become a Police Officer or your chances of career success. Policing is a field where diversity matters, is encouraged, and is sought after in our recruitment efforts. Spanish speaking officers are in high demand and are compensated for their skill.
Upon completing two years in the Patrol Division, an officer is eligible to apply for the following specialty assignments.
• Criminal Investigators
• K9 Officer
• Police Tactical Operations (SWAT)
• Priority Policing Team
• Neighborhood Deployment Zone Officer
• Neighborhood Resource Officer
• Field Training Officers
• Traffic Officer (Motorcyclist)
• School Resource Officers
• Training Instructors
• And, more…
We hope this provides information you need to help decide if policing is the right career choice for you. If you're looking for a career, not just a job, the Mount Vernon Police Department is the place for you. Build your future with us!
For information on testing and future testing dates visit publicsafetytesting.com or contact Officer Jeff Dowhaniuk or Officer Walter Martinez at 360.336.6271.
To all, we offer the opportunity to pursue a rewarding and meaningful career in law enforcement.
Jerry L. Dodd
Chief of Police