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The process for out-of-state entry-level candidates has been condensed into a two (2) trip process to alleviate the cost of having to travel to Seattle six or seven times for each individual step. The first trip will correspond to a testing date listed on the website and will require you to be here for a total of four (4) days.

We do encourage out-of-state residents to apply and test. Keep in mind that the process will still take 6-10 months to get through and out-of-state candidates will not be processed faster than in-state candidates or vice versa.


Civil Service written exam and video test. 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 later that afternoon. 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.


Oral board panel interview. Applicants who receive an above average or average on their oral board will move on. Those that receive a below average will not.

DAY 3, 4 or 5

Interview with a Background Detective. This is a formal job interview and can take anywhere from 2-5 hours depending upon your background.  Please do not ask in advance if you can have day 3 vs. day 4. We have no way of knowing how many other out-of-state candidates will apply, show-up, and pass the above listed events so you need to plan on being here for all four (4) days if you’re successful.


If successful, you will need to return to Seattle. This usually occurs 4-6 months later and is something that will be scheduled by your assigned Background Detective when the time comes to do so. You will need to be here for a week (M-F) in order to complete the polygraph exam, psychological exam and evaluation and medical exam.

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