2019 UPDATE: There is a $15,000 bonus paid to lateral entry applicants hired by the Seattle Police Department; half of the bonus is paid on the applicant's first check and the second half is paid upon successful completion of the probationary period.
The Seattle Police Department is seeking individuals committed to understanding and protecting the ethical, cultural and ethnic values of the City of Seattle and its residents as Police Officers. As first responders, Police Officers are vital to public safety and under regular supervision, perform basic police services in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives of the City of Seattle Police Department and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws.
Lateral Entry Police Officer candidates are experienced police officers who have worked for other municipal, county, or state agencies for at least 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience) at the time of testing, with full police powers and duties. An applicant MUST have experience as a patrol officer who has responded to 911 calls. Experience gained solely as a Corrections Officer does not qualify an applicant for lateral entry status, even if the applicant has completed an equivalent basic law enforcement academy. If you are currently a police officer but do not meet the experience requirements of a Lateral Police Officer, you may qualify to test as an Exceptional Entry candidate. Exceptional Entry candidates should apply as an Entry Level Police Officer and take the entry-level exam.
- Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. Explains laws and police procedures to residents.
- Operates a patrol car. Patrols city streets, areas and businesses to deter criminal activity and promote public safety.
- Investigates conditions hazardous to life or property; conducts initial investigations of crime and crime scenes; may assist detectives in criminal investigation work. Conducts search and seizure activities as appropriate. Collects and preserves crime scene and evidence.
- Arrests and/or detains suspected violators of the law. Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
- Records facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
- Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
- Transports individuals in custody.
- Presents evidence and testimony in judicial settings.
- Be at least twenty and half (20.5) years of age.
- Hold United States citizenship.
- Attained a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency (GED).
- Two (2) years of post-academy experience as a certified law enforcement officer (municipal, county, state) with FULL law enforcement power and duties during the last 36 months.
- For individuals who have been discharged from military service, discharge from military service under honorable conditions.
Minimum Employment Standards:
- Have not used Marijuana within twelve (12) months, and
- Have not used cocaine or crack within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not used club drugs, such as, but not limited to: Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA (ecstasy) within the previous five (5) years, and
- Have not used any Hallucinogens, LSD, Mushrooms, or Psylocybin within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not used PCP, Angel Dust, Wet or Phencyclidine within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not used Opium, Morphine, or Heroin within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not used Methamphetamine, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass, or Amphetamine within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not inhaled aerosols, sometimes referred to as Huffing (paint) or Whippits (Nitrous Oxide) or used Khat within the previous five (5) years, and
- Have not used four (4) or more controlled substances within the previous ten (10) years, and
- Have not used any illegal drug(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity, and
- Have not manufactured or cultivated illegal drug(s) for the purpose of the sales/marketing of the drug(s).
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Reckless Driving, or Hit & Run Driving.
- Suspension of your driver's license within five (5) years of the exam date
- Three (3) or more moving violations (speeding, negligent driving, etc.) within five (5) years of the exam date will be carefully reviewed.
- Two (2) or more accidents within five (5) years of the exam date, wherein candidate was judged to be at fault and/or charged with a moving violation.
- Any adult felony conviction.
- Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity.
- Any domestic violence conviction.