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We encourage out-of-state residents to apply and test. Geography will not be an issue and we’re looking for the most competitive candidates when making hiring decisions. Keep in mind that the process will take 6-10 months to get through and each step of the process must be passed in order to move on to the next one.

The testing and hiring process for out-of-state entry-level candidates will require three (3) trips to Seattle if all goes well.


The first trip is for a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and will correspond to a testing date listed on the website. The Civil Service written exam and video test will be administered on Saturday.
Out-of-state candidates must pass the written exam (80%) and video test (65%) to move on to the physical agility test (PAT) which will be administered the next day (Sunday). You will submit your completed and notarized Personal History Information (PHI) packet directly upon successful completion of the PAT.  PHI packets can be downloaded from the website.


The second trip will take place during the week and will be coordinated with the Background Unit on an individual basis when you get to that point in the process. The second trip consists of an oral board panel interview and Background Interview with a Background Detective. The Background Interview is a formal job interview and can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending upon your background.


The third trip will also be scheduled at a later date with the Background Unit after trip #2 is successfully completed. This trip will be for a week (M-F) and consist of the polygraph exam, psychological exam, interview with a psychologist and medical exam.

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