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Police Officer - Lateral

Job Id: 
22-001 A
Police Department
$5,853 - $7,851/month & up to 10.25% career development pay incentive/month
Job Description: 


SALARY RANGE: $5,853 - $7,851/month; up to 10.25% career development pay incentive/month

OPENS: January 3, 2022

CLOSES: Continuous


Public Safety Testing administers our written and physical ability examinations. Please visit their website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com to apply for this position. 


Experienced police officers will hired at a wage commensurate to their experience level. Requires high school graduation, successful completion of a basic police academy, minimum of one year of continuous law enforcement employment at a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency as a police officer performing the essential duties on patrol, and no more than 18 months break in service or a former police officer with the Federal Way Police Department with no more than 5 years break in service and with written approval by the appointing authority. College level course work in law enforcement or related field, bilingual capability and specialized law enforcement training are highly desirable. Prior to employment must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident; attainment of the age of 21 years; a valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record, certificate of successful completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Police Officer Academy or an equivalent basic law enforcement academy certificate; submission to thorough employment reference and background investigation; submission to psychological and general medical evaluation; submission to FBI record check and polygraph examination. Felony conviction disqualifies.

Incentives for Lateral Officers: 

Hiring bonus of $20,000 for experienced police officers will be paid in three installments. The following installments: first upon meeting requirements for the Equivalency Academy (medical clearance and firearms qualification) of $5,000; second successful completion of the six month probationary period of $5,000; and third at one year anniversary date of hire of $10,000.



Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, and performing individually or as a member of a team, participate in the following activities: enforce state statues and local ordinances, regulations and laws; apprehend suspects; respond to and investigate disturbances, service and accident calls; patrol and conduct surveillance; receive training and maintain skills proficiency; operate a vehicle during routine and emergency situations; communicate with the public in normal and averse situations; complete verbal and written reports and documentation; work independently following written or verbal instructions that are general in nature; and perform a variety of specialized duties as assigned. Successful candidates will have a strong service orientation and demonstrated record of responsiveness to community priorities and concerns.



Police department organization, policies and directives. Principles, practices and procedures used in police work. Understanding community policing concepts. State, county, and city laws and ordinances. Recent legislation and court decisions affecting police duties. City services and human services agencies. Geography, street addressing and characteristics of the City and specific areas of assignment. Traffic and crowd control techniques. Rules of evidence and laws of arrest. Operation of a variety of specialized police vehicles and equipment. Crime prevention procedures. Oral and written communication skills. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Basic First Aid procedures. Firearm law and usage. Keyboarding, word processing and computer skills.



Exercise discretion when responding to emergencies. Protect lives, property and constitutional rights of the general public. Present evidence and testimony in court. Maintain current knowledge of the law and modern law enforcement techniques. Respond to crime and emergency scenes and take immediate and appropriate action. Apply emergency first aid methods skillfully. Maintain proficiency in driving and the use of firearms in accordance with departmental guidelines. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. React quickly and calmly in emergency conditions. Maintain self-control under emotionally circumstances. Work long hours and withstand the physical strain of police work. Participate in specialized programs and assignments to support police-related activities and community relations. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Read, interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Understand and work within scope of authority. Carry out supervisor’s instructions and department procedures. Relate effectively to people of a variety of cultures, languages, disabilities and socio-economic situations. Deal courteously with the general public and convey a positive, professional image of the department and the City. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Operate a vehicle during normal and adverse conditions. Observe legal and defensive driving practices. Comply with safety standards and regulations. Demonstrate the ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal. Physical ability to perform the essential work activities (listing of essential work activities available upon request).



Public Safety Testing (PST) administers our written and physical ability examinations. Please visit their website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com and you will be able to complete your PST’s application online and select the testing date and/or location most convenient for you. If you have any questions, please call toll free at 1-866-447-3911 or contact the City’s Civil Service Commission Secretary/Chief Examiner at 253-835-2533. VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: In accordance with RCW 41.04, veterans who meet criteria for Veteran’s Preference and achieve passing scores on competitive examinations have 5 to 10% added to their final weighted score where a ranked eligibility list is established. For Veterans’ Scoring Criteria, please submit a copy 4 of your DD214. RE-APPLICATION: Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 8.12.1 no one may be reexamined for the same class within six (6) months of the effective date of a successful examination.



The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.