Police Officer Lateral (February 25, 2021 - Lateral Entry Exam)

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 1 week ago

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

The Seattle Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce.


Each candidate is responsible for understanding all of the requirements for successful participation in this exam cycle. To accomplish this, it is very important for candidates to thoroughly read this entire job bulletin. Applicants are also encouraged to review the Seattle Police Department's "Careers and Opportunities" web pages for further information about the hiring process.

Candidates who pass all portions of the initial video exam will be invited to Seattle to participate in the second part of the test: a formal oral board interview. Lateral Entry candidates must pass an oral board interview in order to be placed on the eligible list. Applicants who pass all portions of the exam and are honorably discharged veterans with a DD214 documenting their service, may receive veteran's preference points. Applicants who are bilingual and pass all portions of the exam may request to be tested for proficiency in another language. Candidates who successfully pass the language proficiency test will have language preference points added to their exam score. All candidates will be informed of their final score and ranking on the eligible list by approximately February 25, 2021.

The role of the Seattle Department of Human Resources is to establish an eligible list and, upon request by the Seattle Police Department, to certify candidates from the eligible list. The Police Department will then conduct all of the remaining pre-employment assessment steps of candidates who are certified as eligible for hiring consideration.

The initial exam process will be administered by the National Testing Network. Please read the bulletin below to learn about how to schedule your participation in the exam process. The testing window for this exam cycle along with the window for which scores can be transferred are listed below. The City of Seattle reserves the right to halt the acceptance of applications for this exam cycle if/when capacity is reached to conduct the pre-employment assessment steps.

Immediately upon successfully completing the formal oral board interview all candidates will be required to submit a Personal History Information Packet . This packet is available as a download on the Seattle Police Department "Careers and Opportunities" webpage. You are required to submit the Personal History Information Packet on the day you participate in the formal oral board interview. The information and documentation required to complete the Personal History Information Packet is extensive and applicants are encouraged to review the packet and begin, collecting the required data in advance of taking the video exam.



The Seattle Police Department is seeking individuals committed to understanding and protecting the ethical, cultural and ethnic values of the City of Seattle and its residents as Police Officers. As first responders, Police Officers are vital to public safety and under regular supervision, perform basic police services in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives of the City of Seattle Police Department and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws.

Lateral Entry Police Officer candidates are experienced police officers who have worked for other municipal, county, or state agencies for at least 24 of the past 36 months (post academy experience) at the time of testing, with full police powers and duties. An applicant MUST have experience as a patrol officer who has responded to 911 calls. Experience gained solely as a Corrections Officer does not qualify an applicant for lateral entry status, even if the applicant has completed an equivalent basic law enforcement academy. If you are currently a police officer but do not meet the experience requirements of a Lateral Police Officer, you may qualify to test as an Exceptional Entry candidate. Exceptional Entry candidates should apply as an Entry Level Police Officer and take the entry-level exam.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations. Explains laws and police procedures to residents.

  • Operates a patrol car. Patrols city streets, areas and businesses to deter criminal activity and promote public safety.

  • Investigates conditions hazardous to life or property; conducts initial investigations of crime and crime scenes; may assist detectives in criminal investigation work. Conducts search and seizure activities as appropriate. Collects and preserves crime scene and evidence.

  • Arrests and/or detains suspected violators of the law. Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.

  • Records facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.

  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.

  • Transports individuals in custody.

  • Presents evidence and testimony in judicial settings.

The City of Seattle provides police service 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Shift work, including nights, weekends, and holidays, is required.


Eligibility Standards:

  • Be at least twenty and half (20.5) years of age.

  • Hold United States citizenship, OR have legal permanent residency in the United States.

  • Attained a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency (GED).

  • Two (2) years of post-academy experience as a certified law enforcement officer (municipal, county, state) with FULL law enforcement power and duties during the last 36 months.

  • For individuals who have been discharged from military service, discharge from military service under honorable conditions.

Applicants must meet all eligibility standards by the date of exam administration.

Minimum Employment Standards:

The following standards apply to all candidates for Police Officer.

Drug Use. Prior to the exam date:

  • Have not used Marijuana within twelve (12) months, and

  • Have not used cocaine or crack within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used club drugs, such as, but not limited to: Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA (ecstasy) within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used any Hallucinogens, LSD, Mushrooms, or Psylocybin within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used PCP, Angel Dust, Wet or Phencyclidine within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used Opium, Morphine, or Heroin within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used Methamphetamine, Crank, Crystal, Ice, Speed, Glass, or Amphetamine within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not inhaled aerosols, sometimes referred to as Huffing (paint) or Whippits (Nitrous Oxide) or used Khat within the previous five (5) years, and

  • Have not used four (4) or more controlled substances within the previous ten (10) years, and

  • Have not used any illegal drug(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity, and

  • Have not manufactured or cultivated illegal drug(s) for the purpose of the sales/marketing of the drug(s).

Please note that use of illegal drugs and the illegal use of prescription drugs, referred to in this standard, means the use of one or more drugs, the possession or distribution of which is unlawful under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Offers of employment are conditioned upon a pre-employment drug screening to confirm abstinence from illegal drug use.

Traffic Record

A candidate's driving record will be thoroughly assessed and may be a factor for disqualification. Examples of infractions/traffic crimes that may be disqualifying:

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Reckless Driving, or Hit & Run Driving.

  • Suspension of your driver's license within five (5) years of the exam date

  • Three (3) or more moving violations (speeding, negligent driving, etc.) within five (5) years of the exam date will be carefully reviewed.

  • Two (2) or more accidents within five (5) years of the exam date, wherein candidate was judged to be at fault and/or charged with a moving violation.

Criminal History

A candidate's criminal history, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, "Alford" pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. The following will be disqualifying:

  • Any adult felony conviction.

  • Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity.

  • Any domestic violence conviction.

Employment Record

A candidate's employment history, including any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Financial Record

A candidate's credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. The following will be disqualifying:

  • Failure to pay income tax or child support.

Professional Appearance

All applicants are expected to maintain a professional appearance at all times. SPD has the sole discretion in determining what is considered professional, as it relates to the position of Police Officer. Any and all tattoos, branding (intentional burning of the skin to create a design), voluntary disfigurement (marring or spoiling of the appearance or shape of a body part), or scarification (intentional cutting of the skin to create a design) shall be carefully reviewed by SPD on a case-by-case basis.

A valid Washington State Driver's License is required prior to being hired.

Ability to accurately type at least 35 wpm is highly desirable.

Seattle residence is not required for application or appointment.

Job offers are contingent on review of credit, criminal and driving history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application.

Additional Information:


Applications will be screened for employment eligibility by the Seattle Department of Human Resources. Applicants will be informed as to whether or not they are eligible to participate in the testing process.

VACANCIES: It is anticipated that approximately 30 to 50 positions will be filled annually, depending on attrition and budget.

Please read the following information carefully, as our testing process has changed


There are four expected Lateral Entry Police Officer exam cycles for 2021. Applications for the first exam cycle will be accepted during the period of January 5, 2020 through January 27, 2021. Once a completed application is received by the City of Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit, the Fire & Police Exam Unit will send a scheduling letter to each applicant via e-mail with a link and instructions for how to schedule participation in the NTN Frontline exam process at no cost. .Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below. If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle.

Candidates must be available to participate in all parts of the exam process (including post-exam screening) as listed below:


Applicants must be available to participate in all parts of the pre-employment screening process that are listed below. If you apply between January 5 - 27, 2021 and successfully complete the first stage of the assessment process (video exam and online survey) by January 29, 2021, you will be scheduled by the Fire & Police Exam Unit to participate in a formal oral board interview. Before you apply and test, please be sure that you are available to participate in the post-exam assessments advertised below. If you are unavailable to participate in any of the screening steps listed below, you will need to wait to participate in a subsequent exam cycle.

Candidates must be available to participate in all parts of the exam process (including post-exam screening) as listed below:

Exam Step 1 - Video Exam and Online Job Survey (Please Note: There are two options to complete the video exam. Seattle will only accept one of the test result options listed below.)

  • Option 1: Between January 5, 2021 - February 12, 2021, video exams will be conducted by the National Testing Network (NTN). Applicants will be able to participate in the exam process in one of two ways: (1) from their own home computer with a virtual proctor, or (2) at an NTN center location convenient to them. The City of Seattle will pay the fee for exam administration.

  • Test results earned at these exam administrations will be sent to Seattle and are not transferable to any other department. All candidates will receive their scores on or about February 24, 2021 via e-mail from Seattle's Fire & Police Exam Unit. If you select Option 1 you forfeit the ability to transfer a current NTN exam score (see Option 2 below).

  • Option 2: Applicants can transfer any current NTN Frontline score earned between August 24, 2020 and February 24, 2021. Applicants who elect to transfer scores will be able to add Seattle as a department (at no cost) following NTN's standard "department add" process. The City of Seattle will pay the fee for a score transfer.

  • Candidates who pass the NTN Frontline video exam will be scheduled by Seattle's Fire and Police Exam Unit to participate in the oral board interview and Background Investigation Unit interview.

Please Note: Applicants who pass the NTN test will be invited to come to Seattle for Steps 2 and 3.

Exam Step 2 - Lateral Entry Oral Board Interview

February 20, 2021

Exam Step 3 - Interview with a Background Detective

February 20 & 21, 2021 (Candidates will be required to remain in Seattle until 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2021.)


All accommodation requests will require documentation from a medical professional.

To apply for Reasonable Testing Accommodation for the video exam, you must fill out the request forms and submit them by mail to National Testing Network (NTN). NTN will consider all requests for Reasonable Testing Accommodation. Candidates will be informed of their decision. Please follow these steps:

  • Do not schedule your test. Your test accommodation must be approved before you can schedule your test.

  • Print and fill out the Reasonable Testing Accommodation forms completely and mail them to National Testing Network at the address below. You can download the form here. All sections of the form must be completed; if one of the forms does not apply, please complete it as "not applicable".

  • Fax or Mail them completed forms and supporting documentation to National Testing Network:

National Testing Network

Accommodation Request

2122 164th St. SW, Suite 300

Lynnwood, WA 98087

Fax number: 425 741-3355

National Testing Network will inform you of their decision. If you have National Testing Network approval, you will be contacted to schedule your test. Please start this process as early as you can, as it may take several weeks to complete.

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