Apply to Become a Police Officer

Applying and testing to become a police officer is a multi-step process.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the current hiring needs of the Seattle Police Department, there are no entry-level or lateral entry Police Officer exams currently scheduled.  Information about future exams will be posted online as soon as these exams are scheduled. Please continue to check this web page for the most up-to-date information about future exams. 

Number 1Register with the City Personnel System

  • To apply online you first need to register an account with the City Personnel NeoGov System.
  • If you have applied for any jobs using a NeoGov account before (King County or Washington State) you are already in the system and can login using that account.
  • Once you have a NeoGov account, you can use it to apply for other city jobs.

Number 2 Find & Apply for a Job

  • You apply for a Police Officer job like any other city job, through the City Personnel Job Opportunities section.
  • Once in the Job Opportunities page, you will need to find the job called "Police Officer Lateral Entry)". The quickest way to find this job is through the Search field. Or under "select a department," you can choose "Seattle Police Department-Civil Service".

Number 3 Screening & Testing Schedule

  1. After you have applied for the job, you will be screened for employment eligibility by the personnel department before they can be scheduled for testing.
  2. If you make it through the initial screening, you will receive an email with instructions on test scheduling.

Number 4 Fill Out the Personal History Information Packet

  • The personal history information (PHI) packet contains important paperwork to get your SPD background investigation started.
  • After you have been scheduled to take the test, you should download and begin to fill out the PHI:
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