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Port of Seattle Police Department - LATERAL*

  • Contact Information

    Port of Seattle Police Department - LATERAL*
    PO Box 68727
    Seattle, Washington 98168
    Phone: 206-787-4096
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/24/2014 | Last updated: 12/17/2018

Community Information

The Port of Seattle is a municipal corporation created September 5, 1911, by the voters of King County. As a public enterprise with unique authority operating in an international, market-driven environment, the Port gives careful consideration to the economic, social, and environmental implications of its business decisions.

The Port of Seattle is divided into five divisions: Aviation, Corporate, Capital Development, Economic, and Maritime. There are several departments within the Port that support these divisions and the broad mission of the Port. The Aviation Division operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sea-Tac Airport is the 9th busiest passenger airport in the United States, serving more than 45 million passengers per year, and moving more than 366,000 metric tons of air cargo annually.

The Maritime Division operates the marine terminals and oversees related maintenance in conjunction with the Northwest Seaport Alliance. Harbor Services within Maritime provides services and facilities for fishing, commercial, and recreational boats at Fishermen's Terminal, Maritime Industrial Center, Harbor Island Marina, Shilshole Bay Marina, and Bell Harbor Marina. The Cruise Services team focuses on passenger cruise operations and facilities.

The Economic Division allows the Port to maintain its strong commitment to maritime commerce and air transportation, while focusing new energy on its role as an important driver for the regional economy.

Department Information

The Port of Seattle Police Department is a full-service department consisting of two divisions: Patrol and Administrative Services. Assignments available include Uniformed Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Boat Patrol, Bomb Disposal, Criminal Investigations, Evidence Technician / Property Room Custodian, Dive Unit, FTO, Hostage Negotiation, Explosive Detection K-9, Narcotics K-9, Narcotics Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Task Force, and SWAT.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 31 million + passengers per year, general public, tenants & employees at Seattle - Tacoma International Airport
  • County: King

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes 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 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 Vision that is correctable to 20/40 or better (near vision) and 20/25 or better (distant vision) with uncorrected vision of at least 20/100 required.   X
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Applicants must have successfully completed a State Certified Police Academy, out of State candidates must meet the WA CJTC Equivalency requirements. X  
Prior Experience Requirement • Applicants from within Washington State must have a minimum of 24 consecutive months as a full-time, paid commissioned officer assigned to patrol or investigative duties, and no more than a 24 month break in service.
• Special agents from the Washington State Gambling Commission and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife are eligible to apply as a lateral.
• Federal law enforcement officers/agents, correction officers, and military police officers do not qualify for lateral positions.
• Applicants who currently hold a Law Enforcement Certification, and who have less than 24 consecutive months experience as a full-time, paid commissioned officer may qualify for exceptional consideration upon review and authorization from the Chief of Police.
Other Port of Seattle Police lateral officer candidates will have the choice of completing a traditional physical fitness type assessment, administered by Public Safety Testing on the same day as the written exam, or a modified physical fitness assessment, administered at a later time by the Exercise Science Center in Fircrest, WA. See above "Important Information" for more information.

This agency allows out of state testing for lateral candidates only.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticOne or more traffic crime convictions in last Five years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticAs an adult, any conviction for Attempting to Elude or Hit and Run.
AutomaticInvolvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three years prior to date of application.
AutomaticAny two convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Drug Usage
AutomaticDrug use beyond these standards will normally disqualify you for employment with the Port of Seattle Police Department.
“Use” is defined as: trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.
  • No use of marijuana/hashish within the last one (1) year, regardless of age.
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) over five (5) times combined. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs.
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1 – 5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) in the last three (3) years. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs.
  • No use of Hallucinogens, Opiates or Heroin within the last ten (10) years.
  • No injection of any non-prescribed drugs, regardless of time frame.
  • No trafficking, selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale of any illegal drugs, regardless of time frame.
  • No drug use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs after submitting an application, while employed, or after having been employed by a law enforcement agency, (including military law enforcement), regardless of time frame.
  • No intentional inhalation (huffed) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc) in the last three (3) years.
  • AutomaticExamples of schedule I-V drugs include, but not limited to:
  • Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) - Examples could include: Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, Marijuana/Cannabis, etc.
  • Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) - Examples could include: Opium, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.
  • Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) - Examples could include: Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.
  • Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) - Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam,;Fludiazepam,Halazepam, Lorazepan, Phenobarbital, etc.
  • Criminal Activity
    AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
    AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
    AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
    AutomaticConviction of any offense classified as a felony under Washington law while employed in any capacity at a law enforcement agency.
    AutomaticAdmission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony under Washington law, as an adult, within five years prior to application or while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers).
    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.
    AutomaticAn applicant's credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

    Current Hiring Status

    Currently Hiring

    Salary Information

    $38.10 to $52.96 per hour based on experience and education.

    Benefit Information

    Employees are offered a competitive and comprehensive benefits package which includes:

    Full Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage (for employee and dependents)
    Life, Accidental Death, and Disability Insurance
    Paid Holiday, Sick Leave, and Vacation
    LEOFF Retirement
    Post-Retirement Reduced Cost Medical Insurance available
    All Uniforms and all equipment provided
    401(a) in lieu of Social Security contributions
    Deferred Compensation
    Supplemental Pension: Pacific Coast Benefit Plan
    Tuition Reimbursement
    Longevity Pay
    Educational Incentive Pay
    Additional Premium Pays for Specialties