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Lake Forest Park Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Lake Forest Park Police Department
    17425 Ballinger Way NE
    Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155
    Phone: 206-364-8216
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 02/26/2018

Community Information

The City of Lake Forest Park is located at the north end of Lake Washington, just north of Seattle. The City, incorporated in 1961, consists of a population of about 13,100 people in a mostly residential area set in a park like atmosphere. The City is located on a major commuting route to and from Seattle and the east side of King County, enjoying quick access to shopping.

Department Information

The Police Department consists of 19 sworn officers and 3 support staff. Supervision: Chief of Police, Captain, Administrative Sergeant, and 4 Patrol Sergeants. Assignments are available to officers such as Motorcycle Officer, Field Training Officer, and Detective for extra compensation. Other assignments include K9 Officer, SWAT, Defensive Tactics Instructor, First Aid Officer, and Firearms Instructor. Other assignments developed based on the interests of officers and the needs of the department. The department is committed to delivering quality service through enhanced training and the development of staff skills for both department and personal goals. Staff are encouraged to get involved in development of programs and initiatives. The department is active on a regional level, sharing resources and assignments with neighboring jurisdictions.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 13,070
  • 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 Yes 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 Correctable to 20/20 X  
College Requirement 45 college credit hours OR graduate of WSCJTC Basic Academy or equivalent OR graduate of WSCJTC Reserve Police Officer Academy or equivalent that meets or exceeds 220 hours of training. X  
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency does not allow out of state testing for entry level candidates.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
AutomaticOne or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years (DUI, Hit & Run, Reckless, etc.).
PotentialApplicant's driving record will be carefully reviewed.
Drug Usage
AutomaticUse of marijuana within one year from date of application.
AutomaticIllegal drug usage within past 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including marijuana).
AutomaticIllegal use of methamphetamines, PCP.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticIllegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
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.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticConvicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticDishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticBrady List Officer (see Brady v. Maryland, 83 S. Ct. 1194 - yr. 1963)
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of Washington CJTC certified status, or suspension of current CJTC certified status.
AutomaticRevocation, denial, or suspension of ANY state or national certified criminal justice certification.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Number of Current Vacancies: 0

The City of Lake Forest Park conducts a continuous testing process to maintain current candidate eligibility lists. 

Salary Information

Entry level officer Pay and Benefits:
2018 Salary: $5,266 - $6,580.
2019 Salary: $5,424 - $6,778.
2020 Salary: $5,586 - $6,981.

Educational Incentive:
2 year degree 2%,
4 year degree 4%,
Longevity incentives

Benefit Information

Medical, Dental and Life Insurance. Deferred 401A Comp Plan, Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. LEOFF Retirement Plan through Washington Department of Retirement Systems. 96 hours vacation per year at start. Holidays Paid as Overtime. Uniform allowance of $625 annually.  Collective bargaining agreement is available on the City of Lake Forest Park website under Human Resources.