SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
610 5TH AVENUE
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98104
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Updated: July 09, 2021
The Seattle Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Entry-level Police Officer. This is an invite-only testing process. To be invited to test, first you must complete a department application here. The Seattle Police Department is accepting applications from July 9, 2021 to October 1, 2021 for the fourth exam cycle in 2021.
The City of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce.
Entry Level Police Officer describes a candidate with no prior law enforcement experience and those who have completed a self-sponsored academy and have not worked as a commissioned officer/deputy for a law enforcement agency. Exceptional Entry Police Officer describes a candidate who has successfully completed a basic law enforcement academy and FTO, but who does not have the required 24 months of full-time service as a law enforcement officer in the last 36 months in order to qualify as a lateral applicant. Exceptional Entry Police Officer candidates must test with the entry-level candidates and are not eligible to take the Lateral entry exam. Exceptional Entry candidates must identify themselves as such by sending an e-mail to the Police Exams Administrator upon completion of their application.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email notification from NTN inviting you to take the Frontline National Test and complete the PSSA part 1 & 2 through NTN. Both the Frontline National Test and the PSSAs must be completed by the closing date of October 1, 2021. Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below. The post-exam screening steps will be conducted in Seattle, Washington. If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle. You will need to reapply with the City and be reinvited. The City of Seattle is expected to conduct four (4) separate exam cycles in 2021. This application process is for Exam Cycle Four (4) only.
Exam Step 1 - Video Exam and Online Job Survey (Please Note: There are two options to complete the video exam. Seattle will only accept one of the test result options listed below.)
Exam Step 2 - Post-Exam Screening with the Seattle Police Department (Applicants will need to come to Seattle to participate in the post-exam screening of applicants.)Applicants who are Washington State Residents:
Applicants who Live Outside the State of Washington:
REASONABLE TESTING ACCOMMODATION:All accommodation requests will require documentation from a medical professional.To apply for Reasonable Testing Accommodation for the video exam, you must fill out the request forms and submit them by mail to National Testing Network (NTN). NTN will consider all requests for Reasonable Testing Accommodation. Candidates will be informed of their decision. Please follow these steps:
National Testing NetworkAccommodation Request2122 164th St. SW, Suite 300Lynnwood, WA 98087Fax number: 425 741-3355
National Testing Network will inform you of their decision. If you have National Testing Network approval, you will be contacted to schedule your test. Please start this process as early as you can, as it may take several weeks to complete.
Please note that the Seattle Police Department requires applicants to complete a separate Personal History Information (PHI) packet. Candidates are required to bring their completed PHI packet to turn in at the administration of the Physical Agility Test. Failure to turn in a completed and notarized PHI at the appointed time will result in an applicant’s disqualification from further participation in the pre-employment assessment steps associated with this exam cycle. To access the Seattle Police Department’s PHI packet, please click here.
Salary Information for Police Recruit: $31.24 Hourly (Paid while attending police academy)
The starting monthly salary for a Police Recruit is $5,435 with step, longevity and cost of living pay increases per union contract.
Department Overview: The mission of the Seattle Police Department is to prevent crime, enforce the law, and support quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. The Seattle Police Department is seeking individuals who are 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.
Vacancies: It is anticipated that approximately 50 -100 positions will be filled annually, depending on attrition and budget.
Age: Must be 20.5 years of age at the time of test
US Citizen: Hold U.S. citizenship, OR have legal permanent residency in the U.S.
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Minimum Employment Standards: The Seattle Police Department has additional minimum employment standards for all applicants to the position of Police Officer. Applicants must meet all eligibility standards by the date of participation in the exam process. The following standards apply to all candidates for Police Officer:
Drug Use. Prior to the exam date:
Examination Process:: Candidates who pass all portions of the exam will be placed on an eligible list
according to their final examination grade (including veteran's preference points, or language preference points, if applicable).
The role of the Seattle Department of Human Resources is to establish an eligible list and, upon request by the Seattle Police Department, to certify the names of candidates on the eligible list. The Police Department will directly contact those individuals who will proceed to the next step in the pre-employment process.
Notes: 1. Candidates must pass each part of the examination process to be placed on the eligible list.
2. All candidates will be required to present government-issued identification showing a photograph at each phase of the examination process (e.g. driver's license, military identification, etc.).
3. After appointment to a regular Police Officer position, the employee must serve a one-year probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position.
4. Applicants must make prompt notification of a change of address to the Seattle Department of Human Resources in writing through the online application system.
5. Candidates who qualify for veteran's preference points will (after passing the video exam) be required to submit documentation (e.g., a copy of their long-form DD214 showing their honorable discharge) to support their claim for veteran's preference points. Candidates must pass all portions of the civil service exam process before veteran's preference points can be added to their scores.
6. Candidates who are bilingual and who pass the Physical Agility Test administered by the Seattle Police Department, may request to be tested for proficiency in another language. Candidates who successfully pass the language proficiency test will have language preference points added to their exam score.
7. The Seattle Police Department is seeking to add to its diverse team of hardworking, committed individuals with a passion for public service, and who are deeply aligned with our City's values of social justice. The City of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, political ideology, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.