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King County Sheriff's Office - LATERAL

  • Contact Information

    King County Sheriff's Office - LATERAL
    516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
    Seattle, Washington 98104
    Phone: 206-263-5276
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/02/2018 | Last updated: 10/31/2018

Community Information

Located on Puget Sound in Washington State, and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 1.8 million people, it also ranks as the 13th most populous county in the nation. King County (and the county seat, Seattle) is home to four professional sports teams, several concert and theater venues, ten colleges and universities, Starbucks, Boeing, 25,000 acres of parks and 175 miles of trails.

Department Information

KCSO's 1150 employees (750 commissioned, 400 non-commissioned) function under four core values: leadership, integrity, service and teamwork. We are a full-service law enforcement agency for unincorporated King County, 12 contract cities and towns, the local and regional transit systems and the King County Airport. KCSO has three divisions: Patrol Operations (all uniformed patrol funtions), Criminal Investigations (detective positions investigating a wide variety of crimes, SWAT, K9, Marine Unit, Helicopters, Search & Rescue, and Advanced Training Units) and Technical Services (911 call center, administrative and computer services). Deputies may choose from a variety of work environments ranging from urban to suburban and rural. Commissioned deputies assigned to patrol work eight hour shifts on a 5-2, 5-3 schedule.

Area Information

  • County: King
  • Population: 1.6 million
  • # of Staff: Sheriff's Office - 1150 (750 commissioned), DAJD - 900

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age You must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application; age 21 on the date of hire. X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED You must have a high school degree or GED. X  
Driver's License Required You must have a Washington State driver's license, or be able to obtain one by the date of hire.   X
Ability to Read & Write the English Language You must have the ability to read, speak and write the English language fluently. X  
Vision Requirements Normal color vision (based on the Ishihara standard range of normal color vision as determined by the medical exam)

Uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better, correctable to 20/30 with the use of glasses, hard contact lenses or soft contacts you have worn for less than one year OR

Corrected vision to 20/30 or better with soft contact lenses you have worn for at least one year (in this case there is no uncorrected vision standard) OR

Uncorrected vision of 20/30 or better.
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Yes X  
Prior Experience Requirement Lateral:
- Experience as a full-time commissioned police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol

- Successful completeion of probation as a commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's department

- Less than a two-year break in service from a former police officer posiion; and

- Academy training that meets or exceeds the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards
Other King County Sheriff does not require their candidates to take the physical ability test with PST.

Out-of-state hires must complete a 2-week equivalency academy within the first year of employment.

Able to qualify with a KCSO-issued firearm at least twice a year.

Able to successfully pass a complete background investigation to include a polygraph exam, psychological evaluation and a medical exam.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores Weekly    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic• Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol within the last ten (10) years
• Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol more than once
• As an adult, conviction of Attempting to Elude, or Hit and Run
• As an adult, conviction of Reckless or Negligent Driving 1st degree in the last five (5) years
• Driving While License Suspended/Revoked reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Drug Usage
Automatic• As an adult, convicted of any drug crime, felony or misdemeanor
• Use of mushrooms within the last three (3) years
• Use of hallucinogens (includes GHB & ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last ten (10) years
• Use of any other illegal drug, including steroids, within the last five (5) years
• Illegal use of four (4) or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last ten (10) years
• Any instance of manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs for the purpose of sale or distribution
• Use of any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity
• Obtaining a prescription under false pretenses
• Any instance of illegally injected amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium
• Any instance of illegally using a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement agency
• Marijuana use will reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, in order to increase the likelihood of continuing on in the hiring and background process, an applicant should not have used Marijuana in the last 12 months
Criminal Activity
Automatic• Any adult felony convictions
• Any adult misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving theft or crimes of violence
• Conviction of Minor In Possession of Alcohol within the last three (3) years
• Any conviction for a sex related crime
• Any instance of required registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status
• Any conviction for solicitation of prostitution
AutomaticDomestic Violence
• Any conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense

• Any discharge from any military service other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
• A dishonorable discharge remains an automatic disqualifier

• As a juvenile, convicted of any drug crime
• Huffing of commercial chemical agents (glue, paint, etc.) Trafficking (selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale) any illegal drug.

Criminal Activity
• All criminal activity not listed as an automatic disqualification, whether discovered or not, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any solicitation, or pattern of solicitation of prostitute(s). Any juvenile convictions (felony or misdemeanor).

• 2 or more at fault collisions within the last 5 years.
• 3 or more moving violations within the last 5 years.
• Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

• Any discharge from any military service under other than honorable circumstances.

Law Enforcement Certification
• Any suspension, revocation, or denial of a Law Enforcement certificate (CJTC/POST) in any state.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on a monthly basis. Those certified on the Civil Service eligibility list will be forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 60 - filled by both entry and laterals.

Salary Information

The salary range for deputies is $62,710.16 - $87,807.50 annually based on a six-step system (initial hire rate + five increases based on hire date). These are the base rates for which premiums for education, longevity, and specialty assignments are awarded. Cost of living increases are made annually.

• Competitive wages, including special and duty pays
• Paid academy training
• Patrol premium
• Educational incentives for degrees held
• Longevity premiums for years of service
• Paid holidays
• Vacation days
• Sick leave
• Take-home car assigned immediately
• Self-paced training program
• Years of law enforcement experience count toward eligibility for most specialty units for lateral hires
• Pay level may be commensurate with your experience based upon a command staff interview

Benefit Information

• 100% employer paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for you and your dependents.
• Annual vacation: 0-5 years = 12 paid days; 6-8 years = 15 days; 9-10 = 16 days; 11-16 years = 20 days; 20- 25 years = an additional day per year; 26 years = 30 days
• 12 paid holidays
• 12 paid days of sick leave annually
• Liberal accrual of compensation time
• Patrol Longevity Pay: An additional 2% of base rate starting after 5 years, up to 16% of base rate after 25 years.
• Take-home car:
• Lateral hires receive a take-home car immediately potential annual savings in time, gas, insurance, maintenance, convenience, etc. of between $3000-$5000
• Education Incentive up to an additional 6% of base rate
• Deputies assigned to traffic, reactive and proactive patrol for at least one full month receive an additional 1% of base rate
• Numerous other premium pays for specialty units (e.g. Detective, K-9, TAC-30, Skin Diver, etc.)
• Years of law enforcement experience count toward eligibility for most specialty units for lateral hires.
• Paid academy training
• Self-paced training program
• Basic life insurance for you and the eligible family members you enroll
• Basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for you
• King County provides all uniforms and most equipment, as well as a car per officer program.

You may purchase additional/enhanced life insurance for yourself. Employees also can participate in flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses. Other King County employee benefits include the home ownership, Making Life Easier, and mildly ill child care programs.