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Police Officer - Entry Level

Police Officer (Entry Level) - Seattle Police Department - Seattle, Washington

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Entry Level Salary:
$33.16 hourly

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         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. 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. Exceptional Entry Police Officer describes a candidate who has completed a basic law enforcement academy, but who does not have the required 24 months of full-time service as a law enforcement officer in the last 36 months in order to qualify as a lateral applicant. Exceptional Entry Police Officer candidates must test with the entry-level candidates, and are not eligible to take the Lateral entry 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.

The City of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity in the workplace. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply. Accommodations for people with disabilities are provided on request. The City is a Drug Free Workplace.

Information about the testing and hiring process can be found at www.seattle.gov/jobs.
ENTRY LEVEL OFFICERS (January 20, 2018)

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

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are highly encouraged to review the Seattle Police Department's "Careers and Opportunities" web pages for further information about the hiring process.

The written/video exams are scheduled to be administered on January 20, 2018. Eligible applicants will receive a scheduling notice from the Seattle Personnel Department regarding location, time and exam administration details.

Individuals traveling from outside Washington to take the written exam will be scheduled to take the Physical Agility Test on January 20, 2018  if they pass the written and video exams. Out of state candidates who pass the physical agility test will have their Personal History Information Packet collected by a Background Detective. Out of state applicants who are successfully screened will be required to return to Seattle to participate in their oral board interview, as well as a one-on-one interview with a Background Detective.  After a conditional offer of employment, an out-of-state applicant will need to travel to Seattle a third time to complete the psychological, medical,  and polygraph exams. In-state candidates who pass the written and video exams will be scheduled to participate in the Physical Agility Test.
Immediately upon successfully completing the Physical Agility Test all candidates will be required to submit a Personal History Information Packet which 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 take the Physical Ability Test. The information and documentation required to complete the Personal History Information Packet is extensive and applicants are encouraged to review the form and begin collecting the required data in advance of the written exam.

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Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School
  • Experience: None Required

Eligibility Standards:

  • Be at least twenty and half (20.5) years of age.
  • Hold United States citizenship.
  • Attained a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency (GED).
  • Individuals may not have been discharged from military service under dishonorable conditions.
Applicants must meet all eligibility standards by the exam date.
Additional requirements and qualifications will be reviewed for the following categories;
Drug Use
Traffic Record
Criminal History
Employment Record
Financial Record
Personal Appearance
Minimum Qualifications can be reviewed at http://www.seattle.gov/policejobs/hiring-process/qualification and must be met prior to application.

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Police Officer (Entry Level) - Seattle Police Department
Seattle, Washington

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