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Port of Seattle Police Employment

This is not your ordinary police force. Port of Seattle Police protect and serve the interests of both the community and nation by ensuring a safe environment for the Port of Seattle.

Police Application Process

Entry-Level Applicants
Application and Testing:
The Port of Seattle is currently contracted with Public Safety Testing (PST) to conduct our written and physical ability examinations for entry level police officers. You are able to complete your application online and select a testing date, time and location convenient for you. For further information, you may contact Public Safety Testing toll-free at (866) HIRE-911. 
Public Safety Testing will validate your test results and send the score to the Port of Seattle directly.

Oral Board:
Based on availability of openings, we will contact you to schedule an oral board.

Civil Service Eligibility List:
Based on the oral board, as well as veteran's preference points, qualified candidates will be merged onto the existing entry level list. This list determines the order in which background investigations are conducted.

Port Process Dates (subject to change):
To be determined. 
Lateral-Level Applicants 

Lateral Application and Written Exam

Please visit Public Safety to access applicant information and learn how to submit your application for employment.  Through Public Safety Testing, you will be scheduled to take a written exam and provided with the opportunity to complete one of the two available types of physical fitness assessments, usually on the same day.

Lateral Physical Fitness Assessment

Lateral Physical Fitness Requirements

Port of Seattle Police lateral officer candidates will have the choice of completing a traditional physical fitness type assessment, administered by Public Safety Testing on the same day as the written exam, or a modified physical fitness assessment, administered at a later time by the Exercise Science Center in Fircrest, WA.

Please follow these links to view the Public Safety Testing physical fitness requirements and the Exercise Science Center physical fitness requirements.

Candidates who opt to complete the Exercise Science Center administered physical fitness assessment shall, at the Port of Seattle Police Department’s expense, do so within thirty days of passing the written exam.  Candidates who do not initially pass this assessment may, within ninety-days of passing the written exam and at the candidate’s own expense, make an additional attempt to pass the Exercise Science Center physical fitness assessment. 

Candidates who initially fail the Public Safety Testing administered physical fitness assessment may, at the Port of Seattle Police Department’s expense, challenge the Exercise Science Center administered physical fitness assessment within thirty days of passing the written exam.  Candidates who do not initially pass the Exercise Science Center physical fitness assessment may, within ninety-days of passing the written exam and at the candidates own expense, make an additional attempt to pass the this physical fitness assessment.

Candidates who have passed the written exam, and wish to complete the Exercise Science Center physical fitness assessment, are required to schedule an appointment with the Exercise Science Center by calling them at (253) 564-6050.

Candidates must pass at least one of the two authorized physical fitness assessments within the allotted time period before being allowed to move forward in the hiring process.

For Inquiries Contact:

Port of Seattle Human Resources
Attn: Derek Bender
Sr. Talent Acquisition Representative
P: 206-787-3375
F: 206-787-7213
P.O. Box 68727
Seattle, WA 98168


Police Officer Requirements

Entry-level Requirements 

Entry-level requirements must be met at the time of application

Candidates must be 21 years old at the time of application and successfully complete the state law enforcement training program (Basic Academy). See Public Safety Testing for further testing information.
Lateral-level Requirements

Lateral-level requirements must be met at the time of application

  • Applicants who successfully pass the oral board will be placed on an eligibility list for a period of one year.
  • Lateral standards must be met by the time of application.
  • Applicants from within Washington State must have a minimum of 24 consecutive months as a full-time, paid commissioned officer assigned to patrol or investigative duties, and no more than a 24 month break in service.
  • Special agents from the Washington State Gambling Commission and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife are eligible to apply as a lateral.
  • Federal law enforcement officers/agents, correction officers, and military police officers do not qualify for lateral positions.
  • Applicants who currently hold a Law Enforcement Certification, and who have less than 24 consecutive months experience as a full-time, paid commissioned officer may qualify for exceptional consideration upon review and authorization from the Chief of Police.
Out-of-state Lateral-level Requirements

All out-of-state lateral candidates must meet in-state lateral requirements

  • Out-of-State candidates must have successfully completed a state-certified police academy granting them a full authority certificate, and must hold a current and active full authority law enforcement certification.
  • Out-of-state candidates must not have a break in service longer than 24 months.
  • A full authority certification refers to a fully commissioned state peace officer, with full powers of arrest and unrestricted enforcement powers of criminal and traffic statutes within the state of issuance while acting in an individual capacity.
  • The holder of a full authority certificate must have completed a state authorized and sanctioned law enforcement training academy for its full duration. All out-of-state lateral applicants must also meet the requirements outlined in Washington Administrative code 139-05-210 "Basic Law Enforcement Certificate of Equivalency" and be qualified to attend the Washington State Equivalency Academy.
  • The Police Department retains the option of sending out-of-state laterals to the full WSCJTC Academy in lieu of the Equivalency Academy.
  • The successful out-of-state candidate must successfully complete the Washington State Equivalency course, or must successfully complete the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy.


Police Standards & Disqualifiers 

The following standards apply to all candidates for sworn and non-sworn (civilian) positions:

Honesty / Integrity

Honesty and integrity are essential traits for a successful career in law enforcement. Any false statements, lack of candor, cheating, or failure to fully divulge requested information will result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • A U.S. Citizen with the ability to read and write in the English language.
  • Proof of high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • A Washington State Driver's License (must be obtained prior to hire).
  • Successfully pass a background investigation that includes a complete criminal records check, a polygraph examination, a medical examination and a psychological examination.

Automatic Disqualifiers

Drug Use
Drug use beyond these standards will normally disqualify you for employment with the Port of Seattle Police Department.  "Use" is defined as: trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing or inhaling.  
  • No use of marijuana/hashish within the last one (1) year, regardless of age.
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule I - V drugs (except for marijuana/hashish) over five (5) times combined.  This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule I - V drugs. 
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule I - V drugs (except for marijuana/hashish) in the last three (3) years.  This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule I - V drugs.
  • No use of hallucinogens, opiates or heroin within the last ten (10) years. 
  • No injection of any non-prescribed drugs, regardless of time frame.
  • No trafficking, selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale of any illegal drugs, regardless of time frame. 
  • No drug use of any non-prescribed Schedule I - V drugs after submitting an application, while employed, or after having been employed by a law enforcement agency (including military law enforcement), regardless of time frame.
  • No intentional inhalation (huffing) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc.) in the last three (3) years. 

Examples of schedule I-V drugs include, but are not limited to:

  • Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) - Examples could include: Codeine, heroin, morphine, ecstasy, LSD, peyote, GHB, methaqualone, marijuana/cannabis, etc.
  • Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) - Examples could include: Opium, cocaine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, methamphetamine, amphetamine, depressants, hallucinogenic substances, etc.
  • Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) - Examples could include: Stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, ketamine, anabolic steroids, hallucinogenic substances, etc. 
  • Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) - Examples could include: Barbital, diazepam, fludiazepam, halazepam, lorazepan, phenobarbital, etc.  
  • Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212)
Criminal Activity
The following are disqualifying:
  • Any adult felony conviction.
  • Conviction of any offense classified as a felony under Washington State law while employed in any capacity at a law enforcement agency.
  • Admission(s) of having committed any act amounting to a felony under Washington State law, as an adult, within five years prior to application or while employed as a peace officer (including military police officers).
  • Any conviction under a domestic violence statute.
  • Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Traffic violations that are disqualifying:
  • One or more traffic crime convictions in the last five years (DUI, Suspended, Reckless, Negligent 1st Degree, etc.).
  • As an adult, any conviction for Attempting to Elude or Hit and Run.
  • Involvement as a driver in two or more chargeable (at fault) collisions within three years prior to date of application.
  • Any two convictions for driving under the influence or alcohol and/or drugs.
An applicant's employment history will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. The following shall be disqualifying:
  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States armed forces.
  • Lying during any stage of the hiring process.
  • Falsification of application, personal history questionnaire or other forms during hiring process.
  • Previous revocation or denial of any (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.
An applicants credit history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. 


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