Corrections Position

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections Officer



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Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections Officer

Last updated on April 30, 2024
PST Partner Agency since January 20, 2016

Vacancies: 5

Important Information

FREE - Test Fee paid by agency!

Join Kitsap's Finest Family!

Kitsap County's Sheriff's Office is looking for the best and the brightest to join our family and serve our community!

Kitsap County offers a $15,000 signing incentive for Lateral Corrections Officers!

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office values the wellness of our Corrections staff. We offer a work schedule that consists of 10 hr. 40 minute shifts, which consists of workweeks that are 5 days on/4 days off two weeks in a row, and then 5 days on/5 days off the third week.

Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism

Corrections Officer

Kitsap County offers challenging and exciting careers for Corrections Officers at one of the most beautiful areas in Washington State. When you become part of the team, you are welcomed into our close knit family. Our department is progressive and prides itself on keeping up with the latest technology and equipment. This position is working inside our correctional facility performing booking, searching, releasing, transportation, supervision, and security work. Employees are responsible for the operations of the jail on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis in order to keep our community safe! Join our team and have a career where what you do really matters.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Kitsap County Human Resources Department at 360.337.7185.

Community Information

Welcome to Kitsap County and the Kitsap Peninsula; a great place to begin or continue your law enforcement career with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and to raise a family. Our residents enjoy the Kitsap Peninsula's friendly local profile, fresh air, excellent school systems, natural beauty, virtually non-existent traffic, fine parks and trails, low crime rate, 228 miles of shoreline, diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, and limitless regional attractions. It's a quick ferry ride on one of four Washington State Ferry routes to downtown Seattle, West Seattle or Edmonds, or take one of our picturesque bridges to either the Olympic Peninsula to the west, or Tacoma to the east. Families enjoy diverse housing choices from established neighborhoods, rural homes, downtown condos and apartments, to new construction developments. Whether you love gardening and the country life, or want to live next to a golf course, on the waterfront, or near shopping, business, and world-class medical care, there is a home waiting for you in one of our communities.

The Kitsap Peninsula is known for its world class natural beauty and provides a convenient, central location for exploring quaint waterfront communities. The combination of Native American, Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions are close by, as well as the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas. Our residents enjoy easy access to the Olympic Peninsula; Victoria and Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada); Portland, Oregon; and three National Parks (Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades)—all within easy travel distance and making it a natural setting for a wide range of adventure sports including world-class kayaking, cycling, running and mountain biking trails and events.

Kitsap County was founded in 1857, and was originally named Slaughter County. The people of Kitsap County are represented by three County Commissioners and are served by a variety of local elected offices, including the Kitsap County Sheriff, and other county departments. Kitsap County occupies a unique portion of the State of Washington, directly between the urban areas of Seattle and Tacoma and the wilderness of the Olympic Mountains. It is bounded by the Hood Canal on the west, Puget Sound on the east, and Mason and Pierce Counties to the south.

The current population of Kitsap County is estimated at a little over 250,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The County seat is located in the town of Port Orchard. Kitsap County is situated along the western shore of the central Puget Sound region. It comprises a total land mass of 393 square miles (or 0.6 percent of the state's total land mass). As such, Kitsap County ranks 36th in size among Washington counties and is the 3rd most densely populated county in the state.

The following link is a profile of the labor market and economic characteristics of Kitsap County.

For additional information concerning the vibrant community of Kitsap County, please visit the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Department Information

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is committed to...

Being a dedicated team, approachable and responsive to our citizens. We are committed to safeguarding our diverse communities and consistently exceeding the expectations of our citizens. We will conduct ourselves in a manner that will instill trust, respect and pride.

We are a full service agency employing 114 Commissioned Deputies, 91 Corrections Officers and 31 support personnel that are supplemented by well over 150 volunteers providing exceptional law enforcement services for the citizens of Kitsap County.

As a full service law enforcement organization, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office provides the following services to our citizens:

• Uniformed Police Response Service

• A 451-Bed Adult Correctional Facility

• Alternative to Incarceration Program

• Traffic Enforcement and Collision Investigations

• Criminal Records and Civil Service Process Services

• Property and Evidence Security

• Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Processing

• Court Security Unit

• Specialty Enforcement Programs


• Marine Patrol

• Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

• Kitsap Nuisance Abatement Team (KNAT)

• Bicycle Patrol

• Bomb Disposal Unit (WSP)

• K-9 Tracking and Drug Dog Program

• Search and Rescue Coordination

• Host Agency for Criminal Justice Services

• Regional Training Center for State Criminal Justice Training

• Traffic Safety Program Coordinator

• Home Land Security Response Vehicle and Analytical Services

As a Corrections Officer with the Sheriff’s Office, you will have career development opportunities in various specialty assignments and additional duties:

• Court/Transport Unit

• Classification Unit

• Training

• Alternatives to Incarceration Unit

• Background Investigations

• Recruiting

Please visit our website at: or Civil Service (

Job Description

Area Information

County: Kitsap
Population: 253,968
# of Staff: 225

Hiring Status

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections Officer has 5 vacancies.

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

  • $15,000 Lateral Signing Incentive!
  • Assignment pay (3.5%)for special duty (Booking Coordinator, Court Officer, Alternatives Officer, Classification Officer, Training Officer, Background Investigations Officer, Medical Transport Officer, Re-Entry Officer, Medical Liaison Officer)
  • Longevity pay
  • Language pay (2%) for certified bilingual capability in approved languages
  • Education Incentive (AA 1%, BA/BS 2%)
  • Shift Differential pay
  • $65,790.40 - $92,934.40

Benefit Information

There are a wide variety of benefits available to Kitsap County employees. These benefits include: health, dental, vision, life insurance, optional life and disability insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, State Retirement system, and deferred compensation. Benefit information available at: Benefits (

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

FREE - test fee paid by agency

LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21 years old or older.
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
Driver's License Required Must have a valid driver’s license for at least one year. NOTE: You must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License by time of appointment.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult LEGAL STANDARDS:

Because of the nature of employment with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office a candidate must be in good standing with the community and the criminal justice system. The following is the maximum allowable contact with the criminal justice system.

Automatic Disqualifier - Any Felony convictions, Domestic violence conviction of any kind, Since turning 18, 3 or more misdemeanor convictions, and misdemeanor convictions in the last 3 years.

Felony and Misdemeanor convictions under the age of 18 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Felony and misdemeanor convictions under the age of 18 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Read, write and speak the English language, so as to be easily understood by others.
Vision Requirements Visual acuity cannot be worse than 20/100 in each eye without correction and corrected to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye.
College Requirement No
Basic Corrections Academy Certification Washington State Criminal Justice Corrections Academy or have an equivalent certification from another state recognized basic corrections academy.
Prior Experience Requirement * High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED);
* One year of full-time experience as a federal, state, county or municipal Corrections Officer;
* Successful completion of the agency’s corrections FTO and probationary programs; AND
* Applicants must be currently employed or not be separated from employment as a federal, state, county or municipal Corrections Officer.
Current Hiring Status
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections 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 Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic More than two moving violations in the past 12 months, more than 3 over the last three years, or more than 5 over the last five years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 5 years.
Automatic Reckless - Convicted once in the last three years, or twice in the last five years for reckless driving or other similar offenses (e.g. careless driving).
Automatic Convicted in the last five years for any driving offense involving the use of drugs, alcohol, or any controlled substance.
Automatic Convicted in the last five years for a hit and run offense involving bodily injury or reportable property damage.
Automatic Found at fault in any accident in the last five years resulting in a fatality.
Automatic More than one citation or conviction in the last year, three or more in the last three years or five or more in the last five years (Note: Do not include “Photo Enforcement Tickets,” which count as parking tickets.)
Drug Usage
Automatic Any usage of illegal drugs over the allowed standard is an automatic disqualifier. Each category mentioned below includes all forms and derivatives of these controlled substances. Your past drug usage will be confirmed by a background investigation and polygraph/computerized voice stress analysis examination.
Automatic No abuse of prescription medications and/or over the counter medications.
Automatic Marijuana/Hashish: No use/possession within the past six (6) months or within six (6) months of applying for any Law Enforcement position.
Automatic Illegal use/possession of Narcotics such as: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Hallucinogens, and Opiates: No use/possession for the last 3 years.
Automatic Any use of intravenous illegal drugs is an automatic disqualifier.
Criminal Activity
Automatic LEGAL STANDARDS: Because of the nature of employment with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office a candidate must be in good standing with the community and the criminal justice system. The following is the maximum allowable contact with the criminal justice system.
Automatic Automatic Disqualifier - Any Felony convictions, Domestic violence conviction of any kind, Since turning 18, 3 or more misdemeanor convictions, and misdemeanor convictions in the last 3 years.
Potential Felony and Misdemeanor convictions under the age of 18 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Potential Unsatisfactory work history or a history of disciplinary or corrective actions including termination, suspension, or written reprimands.
Automatic Terminated/discharged for disqualifying misconduct from any commissioned law enforcement position.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Dishonesty during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office - Lateral Corrections Officer

Free - Test Fee paid by agency
614 Division Street MS #37
Port Orchard, WA 98366 Kitsap County


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

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