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The process for out-of-state lateral 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 three (3) 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.


Written Civil Service exam. Candidates must pass the written exam with a score of 80% or higher to move on.


Oral board panel interview. Applicants who pass their oral board will need to turn in their Personal History Information (PHI) packet. PHI packets can be downloaded from the website and must be completely filled out and notarized before turning it in.

DAY 3 or 4

Interview with a Background Detective. This is a formal job interview and can take anywhere from 2-5 hours depending upon your background.


If successful, you will need to return to Seattle. This usually occurs 4-5 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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