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Federal Way Police Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Federal Way Police Department - Lateral
    33325 8 Ave S
    Federal Way, Washington 98003
    Phone: 253.835.6700
    Department Website

Agency Added: 04/15/2013 | Last updated: 08/24/2018

Community Information

The Federal Way community is residential and commercial with a population employed locally and in neighboring cities such as Sea Tac, Kent, Tacoma, Bellevue and Seattle. An estimated 22,485 people are employed within the city limits. The city is approximately 22.48 sq miles.

Department Information

The department is a nationally accredited, full-service law enforcement agency providing police services for the citizens, business owners and visitors of the City of Federal Way. Our agency is divided into four primary divisions: administration, patrol, investigations and civilian operations. The Federal Way Police Department was established in 1996.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 89,000
  • County: King

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 Yes X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II standards.    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must have successfully completed a State Basic Police academy. Out of state applicants will be required to succesfully complete a WSCJTC Lateral academy upon employment. X  
Prior Experience Requirement 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. X  
Other Lateral applicants are not required to take the physical ability test.

This agency allows out of state testing for lateral candidates only.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
AutomaticYou have been convicted of D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol/drugs) within the last 3 years or have two or more D.U.I. convictions. A diversion or similar action is the same as a conviction.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 year(s).
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticIllegal use of 1 or more different controlled substances.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticAny type of Hallucinogen Use.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticAny prohibition from possessing a firearm.
AutomaticEver used the internet as an adult (18 years of age or older) to intentionally search for and access images or videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct outside of an official duty as a law enforcement officer or in the course of prosecuting or representing a person charged with such offense.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialEver been fired or terminated from a position with a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Once an applicant's score is received from PST it will be placed on an eligibility list upon approval by the Civil Service Commission and valid for one (1) year.  The eligibility list is a continuous listing that is maintained as scores are approved.  No one may be re-examined for the same class within 6 months of the effective date of successful examination.  After that time the Civil Service Secretary will consider the higher score from the applicant. 

Oral board interviews are conducted on an as-needed basis.   Skype interviews available upon request from out of state applicants only.  Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "Rule of Seven" with the top seven candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.    www.FWRecruiting.com 

Current Vacancies: 4  


Salary Information

$5,407 - $7,253/Month based on Experience level, + up to 10.25% additional Career Development pay (see website).

Incentives for Lateral Officers:

Hiring bonus of $7,500 for experienced police officers will paid in three equal installments of $2,500.  The following installments: first upon meeting requirements for the Equivalency Academy (medical clearance and firearms qualification); second successful completion of the six month probationary period; and third at one year anniversary date of hire.  Vacation leave bank of 50 hours and sick leave bank of 50 hours upon successful completion of the Filed Training Officer (FTO) program.




Benefit Information

Medical, Dental, Vision, LEOFF and FWRS Retirement. (See Website for more Information)