Law Enforcement Officer Position

Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer



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Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

Last updated on February 09, 2023
PST Partner Agency since December 28, 2022

Vacancies: 15

Important Information

Honesty and Integrity are essential traits for a successful career in Law Enforcement. Any false statements, lack of candor, cheating, or failure to fully divulge requested information may result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process.

Community Information

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Washington, Bellevue is one of the best places to work as a police officer. The department has a tradition of success, as Bellevue enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate and is one of the safest cities in the Northwest. The Bellevue Police Department serves a population of approximately 150,000 in a roughly 33-square mile area. The city is bordered by Kirkland and Redmond to the north, Renton and Newcastle to the south, Issaquah to the east, and Clyde Hill, Medina and Mercer Island to the west. Bellevue is budgeted for approximately 186 police officers and 41 civilian staff. Bellevue is minutes away from the headquarters of Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Bellevue has excellent schools, with three of the 4 high schools consistently in the top 100 schools in the nation according to US News and World report. Bellevue is surrounded by mountains, lakes and easy access to the outdoors, and enjoys a mild climate year round.

Department Information

For a department its size, Bellevue's force offers the opportunity to serve in many specialized positions. Commissioned ranks are, in ascending order: officer, corporal, sergeant, captain, major, assistant chief and chief. The police chief is appointed by the city manager.

After two to three years of service, officers may be eligible to apply for specialties, depending on the position. Service time at other departments may be considered after the probationary period is passed.

Full-time specialty sections for commissioned personnel within the department include:

  • Accident investigations
  • Motorcycle traffic enforcement
  • Hiring, Training and Recruiting officers
  • Bicycle officers
  • Community station officers
  • Detective - violent crimes, property crimes, fraud

Collateral Duties/Specialties (part-time)

  • Field training officer
  • Crowd control
  • Hostage negotiator
  • Honor guard
  • Bomb technician
  • SWAT
  • Defensive tactics instructor
  • Firearms instructor
  • Evidence technician
  • Emergency vehicle drivers instructor

Area Information

County: King
Population: 145,000
# of Staff: 227

Hiring Status

Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer has 15 vacancies.

The City of Bellevue Police Department hires approximately 10-12 officers each year, however, these numbers fluctuate regularly based on the personnel needs of the department.   

Salary Information

Salary ranges from $78,263 progressing to $100,231 per year. In addition, salary is enhanced with educational incentive pay (4% for and AA, 5% for a BA), $1,000 bonus pay at successful completion of Field Training, $1,000 bonus pay at the completion of your third year of employment, shift differential pay, annual uniformed Patrol Officer $100 safe driving award and 4% premium pay for specialty job assignments.  Ample overtime opportunities are available for those who are interested!

Benefit Information

$16,000 Lateral Hiring Bonus! Lateral candidates may be eligible for a $16,000.00 hiring bonus upon completion of training. 

10 hour 40 minute patrol shift schedule which grants officers two weekends (Saturday/Sunday) a month off and every third weekend is five days long! 

  • Generous health benefits including full medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse/domestic partner and children.
  • Tax-deferred and 90% City matched 401(k) defined contribution plan with vesting of city contributions at 10% per year of active contribution participation (Municipal Employee Benefit Trust – MEBT)*
  • 457 deferred compensation plan – will accept rollovers from your existing 401(k) or (a); 403(b); 457(b) or Traditional IRA
  • Washington State LEOFF 2 retirement plan
  • 10 observed holidays per year plus 2 additional personal holidays, vacation (standard accrual of 12 days a year), and sick leave (accumulated at the rate of one day per month)

  • Workout while on duty (three hours per week)
  • Comprehensive Quartermaster program that supplies 100% of issued equipment, uniforms, and weapons
  • Generous professional development and training opportunities (Over 140 hours / year)
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement program for bachelor degree
  • 8 additional hours of vacation accrued per year for each year of service beyond 21
  • City provided $50,000 life insurance (no cost to employee)
  • Plentiful off-duty employment opportunities
  • Free annual pass (ORCA card) for regional bus/light rail transit
  • The City of Bellevue does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City

Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21 years of age
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Applicant must have vision correctable to 20/30. Applicants wearing eyeglasses or hard contacts must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Applicants wearing soft contacts must be able to: · Provide verifiable documentation that soft contacts have been worn regularly for at least 6 months prior to application · Meets minimum vision acuity standards with soft contact lenses, and · There are no indications of corneal damage, or conditions of the eye which might require discontinuation of soft contact use
Prior Experience Requirement An experienced (lateral) officer is defined as a Police Officer: who possess a valid and current peace officer certificate from a state training commission that is recognized by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission who has at least two consecutive (2) years of police experience, with no more than six months break in service from when they left their last police position to the time of submitting their application with the Bellevue Police Department.
Body Decorations The following are prohibited from being displayed and must be covered: intentional scarring, body art, or tattoo(s) on the head, face, neck, scalp, hands (wedding band tattoo on one finger excluded) or knuckles. Cosmetic tattoos, such as eyeliner, eyebrows and lips are allowed if they are natural in appearance. Other tattoos are generally accepted, however if exposed, will be inspected after hire to determine if they are within policy. The following are prohibited: Split or forked tongues, foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern, enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears, dental ornamentation, and visible piercings other than those in the ear(s) that present a professional image.

Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic Any DUI conviction within the past 5 years. Any other criminal traffic violation within the past 2 years. Examples include: Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or Hit & Run Driving.
Automatic Suspension or revocation of your driver's license (for any traffic violation) within 1 year of the date of employment application.
Potential Applicant’s driving record shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.
Drug Usage

Illegal opiate use:

· Any use of heroin,

· Any possession or use of GHB or any other “date rape” drug, including giving it to others,

· Any use of any illegal drug within three years of application* (Excludes marijuana)

· Misuse of Prescription drugs will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

· Any use of illegal drugs or marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency. Please note that while some states have decriminalized marijuana, it is still federally illegal and police officers are expected to adhere to all laws and regulations, on and off duty.

* For the purpose of this process, the date of application is considered the date of the initial testing with Public Safety Testing, i.e. the written, and reading test date.


Forged/Abused Prescriptions:

· Any prescription forgery, prosecuted, undetected or otherwise, within five years of application*

* For the purpose of this process, the date of application is considered the date of the initial testing with Public Safety Testing, i.e. the written, reading and video test date.


Illegal Opiate Distribution/Manufacturing/Sales:

· Any participation in, or allowing of, the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, cultivation, warehousing, distribution, holding or transporting for another, transporting for sale, or financing of any illegal drugs/narcotics within five years of application*, including extraction and concentration of THC oils from marijuana for the production of “honey”, “wax”, “dabs” or any other THC concentrate,

Any distribution of illegal drugs or illegal distribution of marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency (including military police agencies).

* For the purpose of this process, the date of application is considered the date of the initial testing with Public Safety Testing, i.e. the written, reading and video test date.

Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed. Candidates with juvenile felony convictions occurring within the last five years will be disqualified. 
Automatic Any felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including employee, volunteer, intern, and reserve positions).  
Potential An applicant's criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, "Alford" pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
Potential Applicant maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who have been convicted of felony crimes and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current felonious activity.
Potential · Commission of a felony crime (non-conviction · Applicant has criminal proceedings pending or is under investigation for a crime. · Applicant has been involved in significant misdemeanor activity. · Applicant’s history shows a pattern of thefts.

· Commission of any crime of violence, including domestic violence.

Commission of any sexual offense within the past five years.


Must have an honorable discharge, a medical discharge with an honorable record or be in receipt of United States department of defense discharge documents DD-214, NGB – 22 or their equivalent or successor discharge paperwork, that characterizes your service as honorable.

Potential An applicant's employment history, including a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.
Automatic Willful failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential An applicant's financial history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and maybe grounds for disqualification.

Contact Information

Bellevue Police Department - Lateral Police Officer

450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004 King County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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