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Council News Release

2/27/2012  2:43:00 PM
Vinh Tang, Bruce Harrell's Office: 206-684-8804
Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell

Seattle Police Department is hiring police officers
Honor, courage, and commitment
Do you have what it takes to make immediate and positive impacts every day?

SEATTLE – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Chair of the Council's Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee today announced the Seattle Police Department is seeking to hire 30 to 40 entry-level police officers in 2012. Policing is a challenging and rewarding job, with the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives and the community every day.

"I encourage Seattle residents who can exemplify the ideals to work in the community daily with respect and professionalism, courage to protect and serve, and a passion to creatively and effectively resolve and de-escalate problems to apply to Seattle's Police Department," said Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

The Seattle Police Department's core mission is to, "Work with the people of Seattle to secure a safe and just future for all by fighting crime, reducing fear, and building community – one person, one community, and one neighborhood at a time."

Important application information to become a police officer:

Online Application Filing Period: April 2–27, 2012 at

Entry Level Police Officer Exam: June 23–24, 2012.


Free pre-test workshops are available to help candidates prepare for the June 23–24 Entry Level Police Officer Exam. You must pre-register with the Recruiting Unit in order to attend.

Please e-mail Officer Andre Sinn at to register, or for questions or additional information.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the location, directions, and more information about the workshop.  If you are serious about becoming a Seattle Police Officer, we strongly recommend you attend one of these workshops, which will provide an in depth overview of the testing and hiring process from start to finish.

Free Pre-test Workshops in downtown Seattle:

Wednesday, March 14 – 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25 – 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 – 6 – 8:30 p.m.

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