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Lacey Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Lacey Police Department
    420 College Street SE
    Lacey, Washington 98503
    Phone: 360-491-3214
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/11/2006 | Last updated: 05/31/2018

Community Information

Incorporated in 1966, Lacey is a young, progressive, and growing community. With a Council/Manager form of government, it is a full service City, with the exception of Fire, which is contracted. The City encompasses approximately 17 square miles and has a population of 48,700. Situated on the southern end of Puget Sound, Lacey is near beautiful ocean beaches, lakes, and mountains offering unlimited outdoor recreation. Lacey's proximity to the state capital allows cultural and educational opportunities normally not associated with smaller urban areas. The City has excellent schools, which include both St. Martin’s University and the South Puget Sound Community College extension campus. Lacey’s neighborhoods are safe, wooded, and affordable.

Visit http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-departments/police-department/police-department-home to view more information about our Department.


Department Information

The Lacey Police Department provides a wide range of services on behalf of the Lacey community including citizen outreach, collaboration with schools, managing crime prevention programs, and investigating major felony crimes. 
The public and the police work together to ensure the overall safety of the community.  This partnership is critical in maintaining the City of Lacey’s high quality of life, allowing the Lacey Police Department to proactively respond to emerging issues confronting the community.  

The Department prides itself in excellent customer service and a low crime rate.  This is due to the professionalism and training of the men and women who wear the uniform, and from the willingness of Lacey citizens to get involved and report criminal activity affecting their community.  The Lacey Police Department will continue to strive to meet the needs of the community and enforce laws in a uniform and fair manner to preserve and maintain the safety of our neighborhoods, schools and businesses.

The Department structure includes a Chief, 3 Commanders, 8 Sergeants, 41 Police Officers, and 7.5 support personnel. 

In addition to primary assignments, the Department also has opportunities for Officers to become certified Instructors in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Firearms, Tactical, Fair and Impartial Policing, Implicit Bias, Police Training, and Less Lethal Weapons.  Various units, teams, and programs include: Anti-Crime, Traffic, Detectives, School Resource Officers, Field Training, Hostage Negotiation, SWAT, Dive/Rescue, Drug Recognition, Accident Investigation, Boat/Marine Patrol, Bike Patrol, and volunteers (Lacey Resource Unit and Explorers).  

The Lacey Police Department is a state accredited agency located within Lacey City Hall. 

Area Information

  • Population Size: 48,700
  • County: Thurston

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Candidate must be 21 by the time of graduation from Basic Law Enforcement Academy.    
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, proof required at time of appointment X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes, a valid Washington State Driver's License required at time of appointment and maintained thereafter.   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Felony conviction(s) as a juvenile will be carefully reviewed.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
College Requirement No, but preferred.    
Other If an applicant was in the Armed Forces and discharged under honorable conditions, they must provide a DD-214 and completed Veteran’s Scoring Criteria form, upon request from the City.

Applicants must pass the physical ability testing and all portions of the application and examination process to be placed on an eligibility list for hiring consideration. As openings occur, candidates on the eligibility list may be contacted to participate in the background phase of the hiring process.

Candidates must have a completed Personal History Statement (PHS) uploaded to their PST account.

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

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticOne (1) or more criminal traffic convictions in the last five (5) years (DUI, suspended, reckless, etc.).
AutomaticTwo (2) DUI convictions within the lifetime of the applicant.
PotentialSuspension of a driver’s license within the past five (5) years.
PotentialMultiple traffic infractions within the last five (5) years (i.e. no liability insurance, no driver’s license, speeding, etc.).
Drug Usage
AutomaticUse of any illegal substances while employed in a criminal justice capacity (illicit drugs).
AutomaticUse of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, or illegal opiodes within the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date of application.
AutomaticUse of LSD, PCP, Peyote, or Psilocybin within the lifetime of the applicant.
PotentialUse of illegal drugs within the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date of application.
PotentialSelling, financing, manufacturing, distributing, providing, or transferring any illegal drugs.
PotentialHistory and/or applicant disclosure of chronic alcohol use during the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date of application.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAs an adult, being convicted of a felony crime in Washington State or an offense in another state which would be a felony if committed in Washington State.
AutomaticConviction of a domestic violence crime.
PotentialCommission of any type of misdemeanor in Washington State or an offense in another state which would be a misdemeanor if committed in Washington State.
PotentialAs a juvenile, being convicted of a felony crime in Washington State or an offense in another state which would be a felony if committed in Washington State.
PotentialAs an adult, commission of an undiscovered felony crime.
PotentialUndiscovered criminal conduct either in a juvenile or adult capacity.
AutomaticRevocation of any peace officer certification.
AutomaticWhile employed in any branch of law enforcement or any branch of the United States Armed Forces, termination for cause at any time, other than honorable conditions.
AutomaticDisqualification from the Lacey Police Department’s background process within the past five (5) years.
AutomaticFailure to respond and/or cooperate with the Lacey Police Department’s hiring and/or background investigation process, after being ranked, within the past two (2) years.
AutomaticFailure to respond and/or cooperate with the Lacey Police Department’s hiring process, prior to being ranked, within the past one (1) year.
AutomaticNot being ranked on a Lacey Police Department eligibility list and failure to retest with Public Safety Testing prior to the next Lacey Police Department oral board process.
AutomaticEvidence the applicant has falsified or provided misleading information during the application process or in their written application, personal history statement, and/or any other forms/supplemental documentation.
AutomaticEvidence the applicant has lied/cheated during any phase of the recruitment/background process.
AutomaticIntentional deception or misrepresentation in any stage of the selection process for any law enforcement agency.
AutomaticFailure to pass a polygraph, psychological, and/or medical exam (which includes non-DOT drug testing).
PotentialHistory of fiscal irresponsibility, which includes failure to pay income tax or child support and/or unresolved accounts in collection.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticFalsifying official documents or giving false information.
PotentialFailure to notify Civil Service or the Police Department of a change of address, phone, or email.
PotentialFailure to appear for any City of Lacey scheduled appointment or being late to any phase of the recruitment/background process.
PotentialActs of moral turpitude (conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals).

Current Hiring Status

The Lacey Police Department continuously accepts applicant scores from Public Safety Testing and currently has two openings. 

The eligibility list is a list of candidates, which are ranked utilizing a combination of both the written and oral board scores.  As openings occur, applicants on the eligibility list may be contacted to participate in the background phase of the hiring process. 

Salary Information

2018 - $5,832.75/month

Benefit Information

Officers receive a generous employer contribution toward employee and dependent coverages for medical, dental, and vision; generous sick leave and vacation benefits; employer paid life and disability insurance; and are eligible to participate in the City's deferred compensation plans.  Other benefits include 11 paid holidays, 10.7 hour workdays, a         5-4/5-4/5-5 work schedule, and education premium pay.  Officers do not pay into social security and are represented by the Lacey Police Guild.