PST Information Center

Learn About PST

 PST delivers a revolutionary applicant recruiting and testing system that produces a high quality, pre-tested candidate pool while saving departments significant staff time and money. All under one roof!

  • Pre-Employment Testing System
  • Background Investigations
  • Polygraph Examinations
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Promotional Testing
  • Assessment Centers

Who's It For?

We assist agencies with a variety of human resource needs for:

  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Corrections Officers
  • Paramedics
  • 911 Dispatchers
  • Private Security 

We offer pre-employment written & physical ability testing, CPAT testing, comprehensive background investigations, polygraph examinations, psychological evaluations, promotional testing including assessment centers, and other services. We do everything and give you the results.

How Does An Agency Get Started?

Just contact us! It's as simple as that. We are happy to meet with your agency if you are interested in our Pre-Employment Testing System or other services. Our revolutionary system will help you hire great people while saving time and money.

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What Are Agency Officials Saying?

  • When we switched to PST, we immediately experienced a noticeable increase in candidate quality and quantity.
    - Heather Stafford, City of Olympia, WA HR/Civil Service

  • There are three things I will never live without: my husband, my washer & dryer, and PST.
    - Rita Lowery, Personnel Manager, Boise, ID Police Department

About PST

Public Safety Testing was formed in 2000 to assist local governments ease the burdensome process of establishing and maintaining eligibility lists for positions such as police officer/deputy sheriff, firefighter, corrections officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher and others. We conduct advertising and recruiting assistance, application processing, written testing and physical ability testing for those agencies that subscribe to our service.  Currently more than 175 police, sheriff, fire, and dispatch agencies in the Pacific Northwest contract with our firm for their initial pre-employment testing services.  We have had the privilege of helping hundreds of agencies hire thousands of police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and 911 dispatchers.

 We proudly serve those we work with and are guided by our core principles that permeate each of our services:

  • Provide exceptional customer service, and
  • Produce the best results possible for each client

Subscribing agencies have consistently indicated that by utilizing our services they are saving money, saving staff time, and the quality and diversity of applicants has been enhanced.  Agency representatives appreciate that they only process candidates that have passed the written and physical ability exams and want to work for their agency. With continuous testing, eligibility lists are frequently updated with new candidates so eligibility lists are always up to date.

We conduct tests frequently in those regions where client agencies are located.  Currently our test sites are focused mainly in the Pacific Northwest, but as we expand to other regions, so will our test site locations. In addition, through a network of college testing facilities, we have the ability to offer applicant written testing in all 50 states.

Applicants are able to test for any agency that we represent anywhere that we are testing.  Applicants apply online, choose the testing date/location most convenient for them and may take one written and one physical ability test and have their scores sent to one or more agencies of their choice.  Applicants receive their written and physical ability scores on the day that they test.  Applicants are very attracted to this type of service and feedback indicates they appreciate greatly the flexibility and convenience of our process.


PST was founded by Jon & Pat Walters.  Jon has more than 20 years of policing experience, including serving as a police officer and supervisor in Renton, WA and seven years as the Chief of Police in Mukilteo, Washington (1990-1997).  From 1997-2000 he served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety (WRICOPS), a US Department of Justice Regional Community Policing Institute serving the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. 

Jon is a graduate of the 171st session of the FBI National Academy, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and the Washington Association of Fire Chiefs.  He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice, a Master of Science degree in Organization Development, and an Executive Level Certification from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

PST Staff

At PST, we are privileged to work with a team of experienced and dedicated professionals with a combined hundreds of years of experience in the civil service, human resources, customer service, law enforcement, fire service and public safety fields.