Law Enforcement Officer Position

Lacey Police Department - Police Officer



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Lacey Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on June 07, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

Lateral Candidates
Lateral candidates interested in applying to the Lacey Police Department do not need to test with Public Safety Testing.

Lateral applicants will need to fill out a City application at the website below. Once completed, and as there is a need to conduct oral boards, you may be contacted by the Lacey Police Department to schedule an interview.

Employment - City of Lacey

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 50,170. 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.

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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, Deputy Chief, 2 Commanders, 8 Sergeants, 46 Police Officers, and 9.5 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: Community Resource, 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

County: Thurston
Population: 50,170
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Lacey Police Department - Police Officer has 2 vacancies.

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

2024 - $7,559.68

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. 

Lacey Police Department - Police Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age Candidate must be 21 by the time of graduation from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, proof required at time of appointment
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes, a valid Washington State Driver License is required at time of appointment and maintained thereafter.
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
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
College Requirement Post secondary education is 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.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Lacey Police Department - 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 One (1) or more criminal traffic convictions in the last five (5) years (DUI, suspended, reckless, etc.).
Automatic Two (2) DUI convictions within the lifetime of the applicant.
Automatic Suspension of a driver’s license within the past five (5) years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Use of any illegal substances while employed in a criminal justice capacity (illicit drugs).
Automatic Use of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, LSD, PCP, or illegal opiodes within the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date of application.
Potential Use of or experimentation with hallucinogens (such as MDMA, Psilocybin, Peyote, etc.), other than those listed under the automatic disqualifiers.
Potential Use of or experimentation with illicit drugs, other than lost listed under the automatic disqualifiers.

Use of or experimentation with illegal drugs or abuse of prescription medication within the seven (7) years immediately preceding the date of application.

Automatic Unlawful use or addiction to a controlled substance within the past year (includes cannabis). Note: Medical/Recreational cannabis use is included in the prohibition.
Criminal Activity
Automatic As 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.
Automatic Conviction of a domestic violence crime.
Automatic Revocation of any peace officer certification.
Automatic Dishonorable discharge from employment in any branch of law enforcement or any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Automatic Previous disqualification from the Lacey Police Department’s background process within the past three (3) years.
Automatic Failure to respond and/or cooperate with the Lacey Police Department’s hiring and/or background investigation process, after being ranked on the eligibility list, within the past two (2) years.
Automatic Failure to respond and/or cooperate with the Lacey Police Department’s hiring process, prior to being ranked on the eligibility list, within the past twelve (12) months.
Automatic Not 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.

Evidence the applicant has falsified, provided misleading information, or cheated during the application process. This includes application materials such as the written application, personal history statement, supplemental documentation and/or any other forms or documentation required.

Automatic Failure to pass a polygraph, psychological, and/or medical exam (which includes non-DOT drug testing).
Automatic Failure to pass a polygraph, psychological, and/or medical exam (which includes non-DOT drug testing).
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct conviction.

Contact Information

Lacey Police Department - Police Officer

420 College Street SE
Lacey, WA 98503 Thurston County


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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required