Lateral & EXCEPTIONAL Officer

The Lateral Hiring Process

  1. Apply at and pass the preliminary screening process
  2. Attend and pass the oral board exam in person or remotely via video/phone
  3. Pass background including Chief’s interview, polygraph, psychological and medical exams
  4. Complete the 80-hour WA State Criminal Justice Training Center Equivalency Academy
  5. Complete Field Training Program, partnering with an experienced officer for 12-16 weeks

GENERAL Requirements

  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • 90 quarter or 60 semester hours from an accredited college
  • College waiver for 2+ years LE experience
  • Valid WA State driver’s license upon hire
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to be furnished upon job offer, absent an approved accommodation

LATERAL Requirements

  • Employed as a full-time, sworn, law enforcement officer for a minimum of 24 months within the last five years
  • Provide a certificate or transcript from an equivalent Basic Law Enforcement Academy that satisfies WA CJTC requirements

EXCEPTIONAL Requirements

  • Associate of Arts degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field from an accredited college; or
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college or university; or 
  • Two (2) years of military experience; and must 
  • Be a current full-time sworn police officer who works for another law enforcement agency and worked less than two continuous years (with no break in service of more than 24 months if not currently employed as a police officer).


Includes General Benefits + Lateral-Specific Benefits

General Benefits

  • Lateral starting pay: $89,339 - $97,331 (+ appr. $8,000 in bonuses)
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • State and municipal retirement plans
  • Retirement medical through Teamsters Welfare Trust
  • Three hours of duty time per week for physical fitness training
  • Four 10-hour shifts with rotating weekends every 6-7 weeks

Additional Lateral-Specific Benefits

  • Lateral officer with 5+ years of experience eligible for top step annual pay
  • $5,000 transition incentive
  • Starting 40-hour bank of vacation and sick pay
  • Eligible to apply for specialty and collateral duty positions once off probation
  • Waiver of college education requirement for 2+ years of experience
  • 2021 Lateral Police Officer Compensation

4% Specialty Assignments

  • Detectives
  • Traffic
  • Recruiting
  • Training
  • Outreach
  • School Resource Officer

4% Collateral Duties

  • Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • EVOC
  • SWAT
  • Crisis Negotiation