Lateral 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

Additional Lateral-Specific 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


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
  • 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