Lacey Washington Police Officer: 30 Years & Never Missed A Day

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No Time Off For Police Sergeant Monk

Police Sergeant Rick Monk has not missed a day of work in 30 years.  Officer Monk worked 7,120 days, averaging a 10 ½-hour shift each day. Add that all up and he was on the job for over 240 shifts each year for 30 years, not counting weekends, holidays and vacations.  As a token for his many years of service Monk was given a framed, autographed photo of baseball player Cal Ripken Jr., who was also known for his work ethic.  While playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken set a major-league baseball record by playing in 2,632 games in a row.

Police Officer Monk not only has a long history of service, but in 2002, he received a lifesaving award from the American Red Cross for pulling an unconscious man out of a burning car.

Lacey police Chief Dusty Pierpoint stated that during Police Officer Monk’s 30 year career in law enforcement he was a narcotics detective, a firearms instructor and a domestic-violence response-team member, and he helped detail the designs on the department’s patrol cars.

About The Lacey, WA Police Department

According to the Lacey Police Department website, the Patrol Division is made up of 30 officers, six sergeants, two lieutenants, and a patrol commander, most of which hold a law enforcement degree.  They handle responses to all 911 and non-emergency calls, write reports, enforce traffic laws, investigate collisions, and enforce criminal laws within the city of Lacey.  They also employ a K-9 unit, and school Resource Officers to serve their community outreach needs.

City records show that the officers serve a population of approximately 40,000 residents, of which 8,000 are within city limits.  The department is kept busy with an average of  38,000 incidents per year.

Police Department Job Openings

At the time of this blog post the City of Lacey is showing two open positions in the department.

The first job opening is listed as 4218 Police Officer – Lateral

  • Salary: $57,778 – $72,396 (2010 annual base salary), plus a generous benefit package
  • Status: Full-time; This is a Police Guild represented position.
  • Closing Date: Continuous opening. Oral boards are usually held quarterly.

Officer Duties Include:

  • Crime Detection/Apprehension
  • Traffic Unit
  • Detectives
  • Crime Prevention
  • School Resource (SRO)
  • Tactical Unit
  • Community Policing
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Interlocal Drug Unit
  • Bike Patrol
  • Canine Unit

The second officer job opening is for 4216 Police Officer – Entry Level.

  • Salary: $55,533 (2010 annual base) plus a generous benefit package
  • Status: Full-time; This is a Police Guild represented position.
  • Closing Date: Continuous opening; successful candidates are selected numerically from the eligibility list on an as-needed basis.

To Apply

For More Information About Police Officer Careers, or to apply for these positions, please visit the links located at the bottom of this post.

City of Lacey
Human Resources Department
PO Box 3400
Lacey, WA 98509-3400

If you are not yet prepared to apply for this, or similar law enforcement jobs, consider completing a criminal justice degree.

Related Links & Source Information:

  • http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-departments/police-department/police-department-home
  • http://www.criminaljusticeschoolinfo.com/
  • http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013305321_ironcop31m.html

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