Law Enforcement Officer Position

Lake Stevens Police Department - Police Officer



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Lake Stevens Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on April 27, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Visit the City's website for more information.

Lateral Police Officers don't need to test with PST, they can apply directly to the Lake Stevens Police Department at Police Officer - Lateral | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( Lateral hiring bonus of $10,000: $5,000 upon completion of Field Training and $5,000 upon successful completion of probation.

Entry Level-Advanced Police Officers don't need to test with PST, they can apply directly to the Lake Stevens Police Department at Police Officer - Entry Level - Advanced | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( (Entry Level-Advanced candidates are attending the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA), or have completed BLEA but haven't completed a field training program with a city, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency).

Community Information

Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community located 35 miles northeast of Seattle and 6 miles northeast of Everett, between the cities of Marysville and Snohomish. We are the second fastest growing city in Snohomish, with a population of over 38,000, making us the 5th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boast some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

Department Information

Mission Statement: "We serve the Lake Stevens community by enhancing public safety and quality of life through professional police services, organizational excellence, and community interaction."

The Lake Stevens Police Department is a progressive organization which is committed to working with the community to improve both safety and quality of life. We are an accredited agency of 37 commissioned Officers, one limited Commissioned Officer and nine non-Commissioned personnel. We are guided by our strategic plan which focuses on Professional Police Services, Organizational Excellence, and Community Interaction.

Our patrol division is made up of 4 sergeants, 4 corporals, and 16 Patrol Officers who provide both call response and as our link to the community. Our Support Services Division includes Investigations Unit comprises of a Detective Sergeant and four detectives, and our Support Services Unit includes a Support Services Sergeant, A Traffic Officer, K-9 (Narcotics) and 2 School Resource Officers. Other opportunities include our Marine Law Enforcement Unit that patrols Lake Stevens during the summer months, as well as participation in a regional SWAT team.

The department believes in making real investments in its employees. Besides a competitive salary and benefits package, we are committed to making the Lake Stevens Police Department a positive place to work. We are committed to a solid equipment program, a tremendous training program, as well as a professional development program. We pride ourselves as a family-oriented department who cares about our employees and our turnover rate is extremely low.

It is our goal to partner with the citizens of Lake Stevens to create a team approach to the challenges we face. When we work together, we make Lake Stevens the best place to live in Snohomish County as well as Western Washington. Please explore our agency further by visiting us on our website. We also encourage you to like our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Area Information

County: Snohomish
Population: Approx. 38,000
# of Staff: 41

Hiring Status

Lake Stevens Police Department - Police Officer has 1 vacancy.

We're recruiting to fill at least one vacancy!  

In the next few days we'll be reviewing PST scores of candidates who have expressed an interest in working for Lake Stevens Police Department, beginning with those who scored the highest on the written exam and have passed the physical ability test.  Candidates who don't have a PST personal history questionnaire available in their profile will likely not be included in that review.  

Candidates who appear to meet the minimum qualifications may be invited to complete an application on the City of Lake Stevens website and participate in an oral board. The number of candidates invited to participate may vary.  Applicants who pass the oral board are placed on an Eligibility List.  

When a vacancy is being filled, the Civil Service "Rule of Five" applies - the Police Chief may select from any of the top five scoring candidates on the Eligibility List.

Salary Information


  • 2022: $6,398.39 - $7,891.84 per month, depending on qualifications
  • 2023: Increase of 90% of CPI-W (Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue - June to June) for prior year. Minimum increase of 1%; maximum 3%.

Education pay:

  • 2.00% Associate degree (increases to 3.00% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 4.00% Bachelor degree (increases to 5.00% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 6.00% Master's degree (effective Jan. 1, 2023)


  • 2.00% 5 Years of service
  • 4.00% 10 Years of service
  • 5.00% 15 Years of service
  • 7.00% 20 years of service
  • 9.00% 30 years of service

Specialty Pay:

  • 3.00% SWAT (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% Defensive Tactics Training Lead (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% Firearms Training Lead (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% Detective (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% Traffic (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% Field Training Officer (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% School Resource Officer (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 3.00% K9 Handler (increases to 3.50% on Jan. 1, 2023)
  • 4.00% Corporal
  • 5.00% Out of Class pay

Other Pay/Compensation:

  • Callback pay
  • Court appearances
  • K9 care and maintenance
  • Holiday hours cash-out
  • Paid meal break

Lateral bonus of $10,000:

  • $5,000 upon completion of Field Training
  • $5,000 upon successful completion of probation

Lateral Police Officers don't need to test with PST, they can apply directly to the Lake Stevens Police Department at Police Officer - Lateral | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( Lateral hiring bonus of $10,000:$5,000 upon completion of Field Training and $5,000 upon successful completion of probation.

Benefit Information

Paid Time Off:

  • 96 - 200 hours of paid vacation per year
  • 96 - 144 hours of paid leave per year in lieu of holidays (based on scheduled work hours (e.g., "a day for a day") and assignment (non-patrol/patrol))
  • 96 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Front-load sick leave bank of 80 hours
  • Unused sick leave cash-out
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Option of compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay

Health Insurance:

  • The City pays 100% of medical, dental and vision insurance premiums for employees
  • The City pays 90% of medical and dental insurance and 100% of vision insurance premiums for dependents
  • HDHP with Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • HRA/VEBA employer contribution available
  • City-paid life insurance and long-term disability

Retirement Plans:

  • Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)Plans available
  • Washington State LEOFF II retirement system

Uniforms and Clothing:

  • Initial uniforms and equipment are provided by the City
  • Annual uniform/clothing allowance of $900.00 
  • City pays for uniform/clothing cleaning


  • Popular 12-hour rotating patrol schedule with a 3-days on and 3-days off

Lake Stevens 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 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age At least 20 1/2 years old at time of application.
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 Vision not correctable to at least 20/30 in the weakest eye, no worse than 20/100 uncorrected.
College Requirement Not required, but prefer a minimum of 45 quarter or 30 semester college credits towards a college degree relevant to law enforcement.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
Body Decorations

Body Piercing or Alteration:

Body piercing or alteration to any area of the body visible in any authorized uniform or attire that is a deviation from normal anatomical features and which is not medically required is prohibited except with prior authorization of the Chief of Police. Such body alteration includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Tongue splitting or piercing.

  2. The complete or transdermal implantation of any material other than hair replacement.

  3. Abnormal shaping of the ears, eyes, nose or teeth.

  4. Branding or scarification.


While on-duty or representing the Department in any official capacity, no member shall have any offensive tattoo or body art be visible. Examples of offensive tattoos would include, but not be limited to, those that exhibit gang, supremacist, or extremist group affiliation; and those that depict or promote drug use, sexually explicit acts, or other obscene material.

Visible tattoos on the head, face, neck, scalp, hands (wedding band on one finger excluded) or knuckles are prohibited. Additionally, cosmetic tattoos, such as eye liner, eyebrows and lips are an exception to this policy if they are natural in appearance.

Tattoos must be concealed when appearing in court or wearing a Class A uniform, unless requested to do otherwise by the prosecutor.

Officers in undercover assignments may display body decorations: tattoos, brands or body art, when deemed necessary as part of an investigation with approval of their supervisor.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year

Lake Stevens 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 Inability to obtain a Washington driver license.
Automatic One (1) or more traffic crime convictions in last five (5) years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Potential One (1) or more traffic crime convictions in last (ten) 10 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Potential Any other history or pattern of drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.

Any misdemeanor while employed in a criminal justice capacity.

Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Intentional assault within past five (5) years.

Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.


Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.

Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Potential Previous revocation or denial of Peace officer (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current Peace Officer CJTC/POST certified status.
Potential Work history that reflects incompetence, dishonesty, instability, dereliction of duty, or inability to get along with supervisors, co-workers, etc.
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 Stevens Police Department - Police Officer

1825 S. Lake Stevens Road
Lake Stevens, WA 98258 Snohomish County


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

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