21+ years of age at time of hire
H.S. Degree or G.E.D.
U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
Meet the minimum requirements of RCW 41.12.070
Hiring Process & Timeline
1-2 months Take written and physical tests
2-6 months Oral Board interview (conducted about every 4 months)
3-7 months Chief’s Interview for top candidates
3-8 months Background Investigation
5-10 months Job Offer
7-12 months Hire date & sent to Basic Law Enforcement Academy
Public Safety Testing signups begin January 1, 2019
What Is A Background Investigation?
A detailed investigation into an applicant’s character and history. Some of the major areas investigated are the applicant’s work, education, legal, financial, and driving history.
A background investigator will interview as many friends, family members, and supervisors as possible. They strive to know the applicant as well as they know themselves.
The background investigation culminates in several screening tests to ensure an applicant’s honesty during the hiring process and fitness for the duties of a police officer: