Test Prep

Entry Level Upcoming Tests

In-State Entry Candidates - Civil Service Exam

Written/
Video Test
Date to ApplyPhysical AgilityIneligibility
July 15th, 2017 Application closes June 30th at 4:00 PM PST July 22nd, 2017 You must wait 6 months between exams. If you participated in the April 8th exam you are not eligible for this exam.

Out of State Entry Candidates - Civil Service Exam

Written/
Video Test
Date to ApplyPhysical AgilityIneligibility
July 15th, 2017 Application closes March June 30th at 4:00 PM PST July 15th, 2017 You must wait 6 months between exams. If you participated in the April 8th exam you are not eligible for this exam.

Note on Oral Boards

If you pass the Physical Agility exam, you will be scheduled for Oral Boards.  If you are In-State, these interviews will occur July 23rd and August 5th if necessary. 

If you are out of state, oral boards will be scheduled for Sunday, July 16th.  A background interview will be schedule for Monday, July 17th or Tuesday July 18th. 

Note for Out of State Candidates

All applicants who live outside the State of Washington will be scheduled to take the written and video exams the morning of the exam. Exams will be graded on-site for all out-of-state applicants.

Applicants who pass both the written and video exams will the be scheduled by the Seattle Police Department to participate in the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s physical ability test later in the day. 

Lateral Entry Upcoming Tests

Civil Service Exam (In-State and Out of State)

Testing DatesDates to Apply
August 11th - 13th, 2017 Closes July 28th, 2017 at 4:00 pm PST

Types of Candidates

Entry Level Police Officer describes a candidate with no prior law enforcement experience and those who have completed a self-sponsored academy and have not worked as a commissioned officer/deputy for a law enforcement agency. All candidates must meet the minimum qualifications. Entry Level candidates must bring a completed, notarized, SPD Personal History Information Packet to their Physical Ability Test.  Learn more about the Entry Level Hiring Process.

If you are currently a sworn police officer who works full time for another police agency, but have worked there less than 24 months of the last 36 months, you are not a Lateral Entry Candidate. However, you may be considered an Exceptional Entry Candidate. See all Qualifications Individuals are evaluated on a case by case basis and must meet the following criteria to be considered as exceptional-entry candidates: Applicants must be certified via attendance at the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or an equivalent academy to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) training academy, which is 720 hours long. (Basic training does not mean military or police reserve training or any other federal program not approved by the WSCJTC.)

Employed for less than 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience), as a full-time, paid Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Tribal Officer or State Trooper who possess full police powers and duties.

Applicants must take and pass the City of Seattle civil service test for police officers.

Applicants must provide copies of current/valid academy certification, photocopy of a current basic first aid card and documentation of EVOC (emergency driving) training hours.

Officers will NOT have to attend the basic law enforcement academy; however, ALL certified law enforcement officers from outside the State of Washington must take and pass the Police Officer Equivalency Academy administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  Learn more about the Lateral Entry and Exceptional Entry Hiring Processes.

Please Note: The Seattle Police Department retains the right to send an Exceptional Entry candidate to the CJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy and reclassify them as an Entry Level Police Officer if it is determined that a candidate’s existing training is not comparable. Officers successfully completing the Washington State Equivalency Academy and Seattle Police Department training will then enter into the Field Training program.

You must meet the minimum hiring standards for all police officers. At the time of testing with us, you must be an experienced police officer who worked for another agency for at least 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience) with full police powers and duties. Learn more about the Lateral Entry and Exceptional Entry Hiring Processes.

The Seattle Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce. At SPD we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.