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Port of Seattle Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Port of Seattle Police Department
    P.O. Box 68727
    Seattle, Washington 98168
    Phone: 206-787-6744
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/19/2004 | 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, PTO, Hostage Negotiation, Explosive Detection K-9, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Task Force, and SWAT.

We provide the primary law enforcement response within the geographical boundaries of the Port of Seattle, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a portion of the surrounding residential and commercial properties. Port Police also patrol major portions of the Seattle waterfront and Elliott Bay.

Having a jurisdiction that is primarily a port of entry provides daily opportunities to develop close working relationships with the Office of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration.

Patrol officers work a 3/12 or 4/12 84.0 hr. schedule and bid for yearly schedules. To keep officer's skills sharp, 40 hours of annual in-service training is provided in addition to many local, regional, and national training opportunities. The employer provides uniforms (including cleaning service), footwear, and most patrol-related equipment. Washington Teamsters-Local 117 represents the officers.

The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

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 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 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
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Washington State within 1 year of hire   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 only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
AutomaticOne or more traffic crime convictions in the last five years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, Negligent 1st degree, 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. • Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212).
  • Criminal Activity
    AutomaticAny adult felony conviction
    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)
    AutomaticAny conviction under a domestic violence statute
    AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct
    AutomaticDishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces
    AutomaticLying during any stage of the hiring process
    AutomaticFalsification of application, personal history questionnaire or other forms during hiring process.
    AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of any (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

    The eligibility list is a continuous listing. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur, with one additional candidate per opening beyond the first opening.

    We are currently hiring.

    Salary Information

    $35.54 per hour (entry-level starting base pay)

    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