Seattle Department of Human Resources Susan McNab, Director (Acting)


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Starting salary is $4,188.18 per month for police recruits. Upon completion of the 720-hour basic law enforcement course of instruction, candidates will be sworn into positions of police officer and given an increase to $5,056 per month. That will be increased to $5,421 after six months, and to $5,667 $5,886, $6,179, and $6,620 in successive 12-month steps.

Anticipate 50 - 80 vacancies and renewal of eligible register.

General Statement of Duties
Under regular supervision, performs 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the General Education Development Test (GED), which is not required in order to take the test, but is required for employment.
  2. Age: An applicant under 21 years of age may take the test but must be 21 years or older to be hired.
  3. License: A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment (not to take the exam).
  4. Other: United States' Citizenship is required for appointment. (Green cards and/or alien status are not acceptable.

NOTE: A felony conviction is disqualifying. Evidence of excessive past or current drug/alcohol usage may be grounds for disqualification. Other factors for disqualification which will be considered include driving record, criminal history and employment history. Seattle residence is not required for application or appointment. A pre-employment drug test is required.

NOTE: Typing: Ability to accurately type at least 35 wpm is highly desirable.

NOTE: The City of Seattle provides police service 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Shift work, including nights, weekends, and holidays is required.


Multiple choice written exam will include segments re: observation and memory, report completion, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension. A multiple choice video exam will follow the written exam to measure judgment.

Physical Agility Exam:

Entry-Level & Exceptional-Entry Candidates—This exam applies to Entry-Level and Exceptional-Entry candidates only and is administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission staff prior to academy adminission.

WSCJTC Physical Agility Exam Information

Lateral Candidates—A Ctiy of Seattle physical agility exam will be administered. Please contact the Police Exams office at 206-684-0235 for additional information.

Candidates will participate in written and video exams. It will be approximately four weeks before you receive your test scores and ranking on the hiring register. After you receive your test scores, if you are considered for hiring, you will be required to return to Seattle for approximately four days to complete the remainder of the screening process.

If you are contacted by the Department to continue in the selection process, you will be required to complete a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center physical agility exam, a background assessment, a polygraph test, a psychological exam, an oral board exam and a medical exam.

The hiring register will be in effect for approximately 12 months and you could be hired anytime during that time. If you wish to retest, you must wait six months between exams.

The Department hires based on the number of current vacancies. **Academic degrees and prior police experience are not required for appointment. **Academic incentive pay is not applicable; however, consideration is given in competitive promotional examinations. **The Seattle Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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