Law Enforcement Officer Position

Lake Forest Park Police Department - Police Officer



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Lake Forest Park Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on February 05, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Testing Deadline: February 29, 2024.

Important Information


Lake Forest Park Police Department accepts applications on a continuous basis for both Entry Level and Lateral Police Officer. Selected applicants will be contacted by the Department to participate in the next steps of the hiring process. 

  • In order to be considered for an Entry Level position, applicants must submit their test scores via PST.
  • Lateral candidates do not need to test with PST - a completed City of Lake Forest Park application is all that is needed. The application can be found at:

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, two Lieutenants, and four 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 are 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

County: King
Population: 13,620
# of Staff: 23

Hiring Status

Lake Forest Park Police Department - Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is February 29, 2024.

The City of Lake Forest Park is currently in an active hiring process for both entry level and lateral positions. 

  • Entry Level candidates: To be considered in the upcoming entry level police officer recruitment process, applicants must submit their test scores to the department via PST.
  • Lateral candidates: For more information and to apply, visit the City of Lake Forest Park's Police Department Employment page.

Salary Information

Police Officer Base Wage:

  • 2024 Salary: $6,601 - $8,250

 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/Labor Contracts.

Lake Forest Park 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 21
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 Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
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.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Lake Forest Park 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 Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic One or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years (DUI, Hit & Run, Reckless, etc.).
Potential Applicant's driving record will be carefully reviewed.
Drug Usage
Automatic Use of marijuana within one year from date of application.
Automatic Illegal drug usage within past 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity (including marijuana).

Illegal use of heroin or fentanyl.


Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogen within five (5) years prior to application for employment.

Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.

Illegal use of a controlled substance through injection into the body at any time.


Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.

Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Brady List Officer (see Brady v. Maryland, 83 S. Ct. 1194 - yr. 1963)
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of Washington CJTC certified status, or suspension of current CJTC certified status.
Automatic Revocation, denial, or suspension of ANY state or national certified criminal justice certification.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Lake Forest Park Police Department - Police Officer

17425 Ballinger Way NE
Police Department
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 King County


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