Corrections Position

Lynnwood Police Department - Custody Officer



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Lynnwood Police Department - Custody Officer

Last updated on June 10, 2024
PST Partner Agency since October 09, 2014

Vacancies: 7

Important Information

Tour the new jail facility and meet the jail commander.

As an applicant through Public Safety Testing, you are invited to a Lynnwood Jail Open House at 1pm on Saturday, June 22nd. This will be an exciting opportunity to tour our new facility and talk with Detention Division Commander Joe Dickinson. If you are able to attend, please RSVP.  RSVP and questions to

The City of Lynnwood will be filling 7 Custody Officer positions.

Entry-Level Custody candidates must test with PST AND achieve a 70% or better on the PST Written assessment and pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT) to be considered for our hiring process.

Hiring Bonus

  • Applicants hired as entry level custody officers will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) incentive. Five thousand dollars ($5,000) will be paid following the start of employment. Two thousand five hundred ($2,500) will be paid upon upon successful completion of the field training program (FTO). Two thousand five hundred ($2,500) will be paid upon successful completion of their probationary period.

Community Information

The City of Lynnwood is conveniently located just 15 miles north of Seattle. A community of approximately 36,000 covering an area of 7.86 square miles, Lynnwood serves as the commercial heart of South Snohomish County. Centrally located with easy access to I-5, I-405, and Highway 99, Lynnwood is ideal for businesses and residents looking for a place to call home. The community is home to Alderwood, one of the largest shopping malls and retail centers in Washington State. Because of its central location, well-designed office parks, and commercial services, Lynnwood has a number of major employers in the area including Edmonds Community College and Group Health Medical. Lynnwood boasts a diverse citizenry, with over 25% of its population from various ethnic groups. Lynnwood is identified as a regional growth center 'Core City by the Puget Sound Regional Council and is the only Core City solely located in Snohomish County, as well as the only Core City located between Everett and Northgate (Seattle) along the I-5 corridor.

Department Information

Within the Lynnwood Police Department is a Detention Division, which operates the Lynnwood Municipal Jail. The jail is classified as a 46 bed holding facility and incarcerates misdemeanor offenders only. The average daily population is 40 offenders. The Detention Division employs 4 Custody Sergeants, 15 Custody Officers, and 1 Electronic Home Detention Officer. Officers have ample opportunities for training and advancement.

Area Information

County: Snohomish
Population: 35,836 (US Census 2010)
# of Staff: 120 Police Department Employees

Hiring Status

Lynnwood Police Department - Custody Officer has 7 vacancies.

Entry-Level Custody candidates must test with PST AND achieve a 70% or better on the PST Written assessment and pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT)to be considered for our hiring process.

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be invited to apply during our next application cycle.  The ranking of our eligibility list is based on each applicant's PST score and veterans' preference points if applicable. Applicants who apply and place in the top 20 may be selected to complete a polygraph examination. Those who are successful will move forward to a Command Board which are conducted on an as needed-basis. Additional requirements include successful completion of a psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, thorough background investigation, credit check, and a Chief's interview.

The City of Lynnwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

Salary Information

Excellent wages ranging from a base annual rate of $76,336 - $83,491 per year.

Benefit Information

Additional pays include:

Longevity Premium Pay (5th year, 10th year, 15th year, and after 20th year).

Overtime at time and a half paid for work in excess of scheduled hours, court time or call-backs.

12 hour shift schedule.

Participation in the State of Washington PSERS Retirement System.

ICMA Deferred Compensation Program.

 Eleven paid holidays and one floating holiday per year. Paid vacation of 80 hours to 210 hours (after 20 years) annually.

Annual sick leave allowance as provided by State Statute (RCW 41.26), accrued at the rate of eight hours per month.

Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage provided. Employer pays 100% of the medical, dental and vision premiums for the employee and 90% of dependent premiums for medical and dental except that the employer pays 100% of dependent premiums if you enroll in the Regence High Deductible Health Plan.

Bereavement/emergency leave program.

Uniforms and equipment provided and maintained by the City with monthly clothing cleaning allowance.

Lynnwood Police Department - Custody 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
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
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
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

Lynnwood Police Department - Custody 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 1 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years. (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
Potential Suspension of driver's license within the past 3 years.
Potential 3 or more moving violations within the past 1 year.
Potential 1 or more at-fault accidents in the past 2 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within the past 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years (including Marijuana when illegal).
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within the past 7 years. No more than 3 total uses.
Automatic Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on a case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Possessed any of the following in the last year other than within the scope of your employment (a) Anabolic steroids without a prescription; (b) Club drugs, including Ketamine, GHB, MDMA, Ecstasy; or (c) Aerosols for the purpose of inhaling including paint (for huffing) nitrous oxide (for whippits), or KHAT.
Automatic Possessed any of the following in the last three years other than within the scope of your employment (a) Methamphetamine; (b) Cocaine in any form; (c) Heroin; or (d) Hallucinogenic drugs, including LSD, PCP, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote.
Automatic Ever used illegal drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency.
Automatic Participation in the manufacture of illegal drugs within the past 10 years.
Automatic Participation in the delivery or sale of illegal drugs within the past 10 years outside of your official duties with a law enforcement agency.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor or felony convictions while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during the 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

Lynnwood Police Department - Custody Officer

19321 44th Ave West
Lynnwood, WA 98036 Snohomish County


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

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