Law Enforcement Officer Position

Lynnwood Police Department - Police Officer



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Lynnwood Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on June 05, 2024
PST Partner Agency since April 10, 2012

Vacancies: 5

Important Information

The City of Lynnwood will be filling 5 Police Officer positions.

Entry-Level Police 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 police officers will receive a five thousand dollar ($5,000) incentive. Three thousand dollars ($3,000) will be paid following the start of employment. One thousand dollars ($1,000) will be paid upon upon successful achievement of solo status. One thousand dollars ($1,000) 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

The Lynnwood Police Department employs 120 personnel, 70 of whom are sworn police officers. The police department boasts numerous specialty and collateral assignments. Officers have ample opportunities for training and advancement.

The Police Department is organized into two bureaus, each headed by a Deputy Chief of Police:

The Bureau of Field Operations consists of the Patrol Division (one commander, five sergeants, four patrol squads, a Crime Scene Technician Unit, and four K-9 teams), the Detention Division, the Traffic Section (comprised of collision investigators, motor officers and DUI/DRE officers), the Special Operations Section, the Animal Control Unit and the Reserve Officer Unit.

The Bureau of Investigations and Services consists of the Criminal Investigation Division, the Community Services and Administration Division, the Narcotics Unit, the Planning, Training and Accreditation Section, the Support Services Section and the Property/Evidence Section. In addition, two regional contingency teams, the North Sound Metro SWAT team and the Snohomish County ALERT team, are staffed by various members of LPD.

Within the Police Department is a Detention Division, which operates the Lynnwood Municipal Jail. The jail is classified as a holding facility and incarcerates misdemeanor offenders only. The City of Lynnwood operates a municipal court, which is not a part of the Police Department but is co-located in the same building.

The Police Department is accredited with the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

Officer development and training are a priority with the department resulting in a wide range of career development opportunities.

For additional questions contact Officer Aggie Barnwell at 425-670-5614 or

Area Information

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

Hiring Status

Lynnwood Police Department - Police Officer has 5 vacancies.

Entry-Level Police 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 $93,412 to $109,782 plus benefits.

Entry level police officers hired by the Lynnwood Police Department will receive a five thousand dollar ($5,000) incentive. Three thousand dollars ($3,000) will be paid following the start of employment. One thousand dollars ($1,000) will be paid upon successful achievement of solo status. One thousand dollars ($1,000) will be paid upon successful completion of their probationary period.

Benefit Information

Additional pays include:

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

Educational Premium Pay for 45 credits, AA, BA and MA.  Bonus ranges from 1.95% to 6.85%.  College tuition reimbursement program through masters degree level in approved fields.

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

Assignment/Specialty Pays of 3-5% for specialty duties/assignments including, K-9, Special Operations Section, Traffic-Motor Officers, Detectives, Narcotics, Drone Pilots, Crime Scene Technicians, Drug Recognition Experts, School Resource Officers, bi-lingual, etc.

12-hour Patrol shift schedule.

10-hour Specialty unit schedules.

Participation in the State of Washington LEOFF II Retirement System.

ICMA Deferred Compensation Program and city matching contributions.

 Eleven paid holidays and two floating holidays 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.

Supplemental LEOFF II disability income insurance plan.

Bereavement/emergency leave program.

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

Lynnwood 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 20.5
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Applicants must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Equivalent.
Driver's License Required Possess a 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 Must meet LEOFF II standards.
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Must successfully complete basic law enforcement academy after hire.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Lynnwood 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
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal use of a controlled substance through injection into the body at any time.
Automatic No illegal sale of any drug, including marijuana, as an adult.
Automatic Any adult use or possession of a drug classified as a hallucinogenic within seven years prior to application for employment.
Automatic As an adult, a pattern of illegal drug use within four years prior to application.
Automatic As an adult, the production, sale or distribution of illegal controlled substances.
Automatic A history of chronic alcohol or illegal controlled substance use that has hampered job performance within four years prior to application.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Automatic As an adult, being convicted of any crime, felony or misdemeanor, involving perjury, false statements, or a crime of moral turpitude.
Automatic As an adult, commission of an unreported felony crime during the three year period immediately preceding the date of application.
Automatic Recent or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which advocates the violent overthrow of the United States government, or whose professed goals are contrary to the interests of public safety.
Automatic Admission(s) of any act of domestic violence as defined by law, committed as an adult.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Termination from or disciplinary action in any employment within five years from the time of application for misconduct, ethics violations, criminal conduct, falsification orally or in writing, or a matter of moral turpitude.

Contact Information

Lynnwood Police Department - Police Officer

19321 44th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036 Snohomish County


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

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