Military Background

At the Seattle Police Department, we share the military values of service, discipline, integrity, commitment and dedication. The ability to work in teams, capacity to adapt to challenging tasks and responsibilities, attention to detail and the drive to succeed make transitioning service members and military veterans ideal for our city.

For applicants that are just beginning their law enforcement career, the department offers excellent pay and benefits during all training and academy certification. The department also offers resources for veteran and military connected officers through our Vet Corps program that is an AmeriCorps based program with the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs. Vet Corps assists veteran officers and their families navigate military benefits.

 Seattle is also an exceptional place for lateral transfers with salary incentives for officers that have attended a certified state police academy and have more than 24 months of qualifying experience.

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.


Sue Rahr, Interim Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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The Seattle Police Department (SPD) prevents crime, enforces laws, and supports quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional, and dependable police services. SPD operates within a framework that divides the city into five geographical areas called "precincts".