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Lynnwood Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Lynnwood Police Department
    19321 44th Avenue West
    Lynnwood, Washington 98036
    Phone: 425.670.5600
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/24/2012 | Last updated: 01/29/2019

Community Information

The City of Lynnwood is conveniently located just 15 miles north of Seattle. A community of approximately 36,000 covering an area of 7.86 square miles, Lynnwood serves as the commercial heart of South Snohomish County. Centrally located with easy access to I-5, I-405, and Highway 99, Lynnwood is ideal for businesses and residents looking for a place to call home. The community is home to Alderwood, one of the largest shopping malls and retail centers in Washington State. Because of its central location, well-designed office parks, and commercial services, Lynnwood has a number of major employers in the area including Edmonds Community College and Group Health Medical. Lynnwood boasts a diverse citizenry, with over 25% of its population from various ethnic groups. Lynnwood is identified as a regional growth center 'Core City by the Puget Sound Regional Council and is the only Core City solely located in Snohomish County, as well as the only Core City located between Everett and Northgate (Seattle) along the I-5 corridor.

Department Information

The Lynnwood Police Department employs 102 personnel, 70 of whom are sworn police officers. The police department boasts numerous specialty and collateral assignments. Officers have ample opportunities for training and advancement.

The Police Department is organized into two bureaus, each headed by a Deputy Chief of Police:

The Bureau of Field Operations consists of the Patrol Division (one commander, five sergeants, four patrol squads, a Crime Scene Technician Unit, and four K-9 teams), the Detention Division, the Traffic Section (comprised of collision investigators, motor officers and DUI/DRE officers), the Special Operations Section, the Animal Control Unit and the Reserve Officer Unit.

The Bureau of Investigations and Services consists of the Criminal Investigation Division, the Community Services and Administration Division, the Narcotics Unit, the Planning, Training and Accreditation Section, the Support Services Section and the Property/Evidence Section. In addition, two regional contingency teams, the North Sound Metro SWAT team and the Snohomish County ALERT team, are staffed by various members of LPD.

Within the Police Department is a Detention Division, which operates the Lynnwood Municipal Jail. The jail is classified as a holding facility and incarcerates misdemeanor offenders only. The City of Lynnwood operates a municipal court, which is not a part of the Police Department but is co-located in the same building.

The Police Department fleet consists of Dodge Chargers, new Chevrolet Caprice PPV’s, and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. 

The Police Department is accredited with the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

Officer development and training are a priority with the department resulting in a wide range of career development opportunities.

Area Information

  • Population: 35,836 (US Census 2010)
  • County: Snohomish

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Applicants must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Equivalent. X  
Driver's License Required Possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II standards. X  
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must successfully complete basic law enforcement academy after hire. X  
Other Applicants must also meet the requirements of physical and medical standards as prescribed by the Lynnwood Civil Service Commission. A thorough medical examination, polygraph, credit check, and psychological assessment will be given prior to appointment. Successful candidates will be subject to a background investigation conducted by the Lynnwood Police Department.

Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal use of a controlled substance through injection into the body at any time.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of any drug, including marijuana, as an adult.
AutomaticAny adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within seven years prior to application for employment.
AutomaticAs an adult, a pattern of illegal drug use within four years prior to application.
AutomaticAs an adult, the production, sale or distribution of illegal controlled substances.
AutomaticA history of chronic alcohol or illegal controlled substance use that has hampered job performance within four years prior to application.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
AutomaticAs an adult, being convicted of any crime, felony or misdemeanor, involving perjury, false statements, or a crime of moral turpitude.
AutomaticAs an adult, commission of an unreported felony crime during the three year period immediately preceding the date of application.
AutomaticRecent or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which advocates the violent overthrow of the United States government, or whose professed goals are contrary to the interests of public safety.
AutomaticAdmission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law, committed as an adult.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticTermination from or disciplinary action in any employment within five years from the time of application for misconduct, ethics violations, criminal conduct, falsification orally or in writing, or a matter of moral turpitude.

Current Hiring Status

The City of Lynnwood will be filling 1 Police Officer position. Entry-Police candidates must test with PST AND achieve a 75% or better on the PST Written assessment to be considered for our hiring process.  

Applicants who have tested with PST and have a score that places them in the top twenty among applicants who have applied to the City of Lynnwood will be invited to participate in our Oral Board and Command Board process. The ranking on our eligibility list is based on the combination of the PST score, the Oral Board and the Command Board score. Oral boards/Command Boards are conducted on an as needed-basis. Vacancies are filled under Civil Service Rules with any of the top ten candidates on our eligibility list being forwarded for a Chief's interview and subsequent polygraph and background investigation.

The City of Lynnwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

Salary Information

Excellent wages ranging from a base hourly rate of $36.94 - $44.77 plus benefits.

Benefit Information

Additional pays include:

Longevity (5th year, 10th year, 15th year, and after 20th year). Educational incentive pay of $1,002 for 45 credits, $2,100 for AA, $2,880 for BA and $3,510 for MA.

Overtime at time and a half paid for work in excess of scheduled hours, court time or call-backs.

Premium/Special Pays of 3-4% for specialty duties/assignments including, K-9, S.O.S, Traffic-Motor Officers, Detectives, Narcotics, CSTs, DREs, bi-lingual, etc.

Eleven paid holidays and one floating holiday per year.  Paid vacation of 80 hours (after one year) to 210 hours (after 20 years) annually.

12-hour Patrol shift schedule - three days on, three days off.

10-hour Specialty unit schedules - four days on, three days off.

College tuition reimbursement program through masters degree level in approved fields.

Participation in the State of Washington LEOFF II Retirement System.

ICMA Deferred Compensation Program.

Annual sick leave allowance as provided by State Statute (RCW 41.26), accrued at the rate of eight hours per month.

Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage provided.  100% of the employee medical, dental, vision and life insurance premiums are paid for by the City of Lynnwood and 90% of dependent medical and dental premiums are paid for by the City.

Supplemental LEOFF II disability income insurance plan.

Bereavement/emergency leave program.

Uniforms and equipment provided and maintained by the City with monthly clothing cleaning allowance.