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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.
- 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.
- Age: An applicant under 21 years of age may take the test but must be 21 years or older to be hired.
- License: A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment (not to take the exam).
- Other: United States' Citizenship is required for appointment. (Green cards and/or alien status are not
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 CandidatesThis 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
WSCJTC Physical Agility Exam Information
Lateral CandidatesA 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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