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Other parts of this site answer questions about qualifications, the hiring process, benefits and transfers/promotions in depth. This page answers some of our most frequent questions about the job.


Are there any age or physical limitations on who can apply for the job? Answer

Are your officers required to be residents of Seattle? Answer

Do most of your officers come from similar backgrounds? Answer

When is it too late to go into policing? Answer

What is one of the best ways to prep for testing? Answer


How long is the training process before I'm on patrol? Answer

Is there any way to skip some of the training? Answer

I was in the Military/Military Police. Will that speed up my training process? Answer

I used to work in security or had a prior career/training that I think is applicable to the job.
Can I skip some training?


What hours will I have to work? Answer

Is part-time work available? Answer

Where will I be working? Answer

What kind of equipment will I receive? Answer

Will I have control over which precinct and shift I'm assigned to? Answer

What are my options in patrol work? Answer

Do patrol officers just respond to dispatched calls? Answer

How much control do I have over how I handle my calls? Answer

Is there any way to skip patrol and go directly into a specialty unit? Answer

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