Police Officer - $20,000 Lateral Hiring Incentive

Federal Way Police Department - Federal Way, Washington

Jan 4, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$6,087 monthly
Lateral Transfer:
$6,393 to $8,342 monthly
Top Pay:
$8,342 (with multiple incentives) monthly

Job Description

Hiring Incentives:

LATERALS - $20,000 paid in 3 installments (see below)
ENTRY LEVEL - $3,000 paid in 2 installments (see below)

Public Safety Testing administers our written and physical ability examinations. Laterals only required to complete the written examination. Please visit their website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com to apply for this position.

Beginning entry level salary $6,087/ month

Base lateral salary $6,393/ month to $8,342/ month

Requires high school graduation or the equivalent. College level course work in law enforcement or related field and bilingual capability are highly desirable. Prior to employment must be a citizen of the United States of America or a lawful permanent resident; attainment of the age of 21 years; a valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record; attainment of department standards of physical fitness; submission to thorough employment reference and background investigation; submission to physiological and general medical evaluation; submission to FBI record check and polygraph examination. Felony conviction disqualifies.

Additional Department Information located at: ** www.fwrecruiting.com **


Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, and performing individually or as a member of a team, participate in the following activities: enforce state statues and local ordinances, regulations and laws; apprehend suspects; respond to and investigate disturbances, service and accident calls; patrol and conduct surveillance; receive training and maintain skills proficiency; operate a vehicle during routine and emergency situations; communicate with the public in normal and averse situations; complete verbal and written reports and documentation; work independently following written or verbal instructions that are general in nature; and perform a variety of specialized duties as assigned. Successful candidates will have a strong service orientation and demonstrated record of responsiveness to community priorities and concerns.


Police department organization, policies and directives. Principles, practices and procedures used in police work. Understanding community policing concepts. State, county, and city laws and ordinances. Recent legislation and court decisions affecting police duties. City services and human services agencies. Geography, street addressing and characteristics of the City and specific areas of assignment. Traffic and crowd control techniques. Rules of evidence and laws of arrest. Operation of a variety of specialized police vehicles and equipment. Crime prevention procedures. Oral and written communication skills. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Basic First Aid procedures. Firearm law and usage. Keyboarding, word processing and computer skills.


Exercise discretion when responding to emergencies. Protect lives, property and constitutional rights of the general public. Present evidence and testimony in court. Maintain current knowledge of the law and modern law enforcement techniques. Respond to crime and emergency scenes and take immediate and appropriate action. Apply emergency first aid methods skillfully. Maintain proficiency in driving and the use of firearms in accordance with departmental guidelines. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. React quickly and calmly in emergency conditions. Maintain self-control under emotionally circumstances. Work long hours and withstand the physical strain of police work. Participate in specialized programs and assignments to support police-related activities and community relations. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Read, interpret, apply and explain laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Understand and work within scope of authority. Carry out supervisor’s instructions and department procedures. Relate effectively to people of a variety of cultures, languages, disabilities and socio-economic situations. Deal courteously with the general public and convey a positive, professional image of the department and the City. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Operate a vehicle during normal and adverse conditions. Observe legal and defensive driving practices. Comply with safety standards and regulations. Demonstrate the ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal. Physical ability to perform the essential work activities (listing of essential work activities available upon request).

Additional Information

Lateral Applicants $20,000 HIRING INCENTIVE

We have made it easier for you to test for our team:

  1. You can now test in your own state through Public Safety Testing.
  2. Oral Boards and initial background interview can be done via Zoom;
  3. We will travel to your state for the on-site background process;
  4. With a successful background, only then will you need to travel here to meet the Chief and complete the Polygraph, Medical, and Psychological portions.(normally two or three days)
  5. When we hire you, you will get $5000 upon qualifying for the equivalency academy.
  6. Upon successful completion of a 6 month probation period, we will give you another $5000
  7. At your one year anniversary, get another $10000


  1. $1,500 paid after successfully passing the Day #1 written test at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy
  2. $1,500 paid after successful completion of the 12 month probationary period, which begins at graduation from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy


Public Safety Testing (PST) administers our written and physical ability examinations. Please visit their website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com and you will be able to complete your PST’s application online and select the testing date and/or location most convenient for you. If you have any questions, please call toll free at 1-866-447-3911 or contact the City’s Civil Service Commission Secretary/Chief Examiner at 253-835-2533. VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: In accordance with RCW 41.04, veterans who meet criteria for Veteran’s Preference and achieve passing scores on competitive examinations have 5 to 10% added to their final weighted score where a ranked eligibility list is established. For Veterans’ Scoring Criteria, please submit a copy 4 of your DD214. RE-APPLICATION: Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 8.12.1 no one may be reexamined for the same class within six (6) months of the effective date of a successful examination.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School
  • Experience: Successful completion of basic law enforcement academy and minimum 1 year of law enforcement experience

The ideal candidate must maintain self-discipline and credibility through honest and ethical behavior and must have strong skills and abilities in a wide variety of areas including communication, creative problem solving, community service, teamwork and leadership.

Lateral candidates must meet the following requirements prior to the examination date:

· United States citizenship OR Permanent Lawful Resident

· 21 years of age

· High School Diploma or its equivalent

· Valid Washington driver's license and good driving record

· Completed a state certified basic law enforcement academy

Successfully completed field training in a law enforcement setting, not in a correctional setting

· Minimum 1 year of continuous law enforcement employment at a municipal, county or state law enforcement agency

· No more than 18 months break in service

Contact Information

Donovan Heavener

Federal Way Police Department
33325 8th Ave S
Federal Way, Washington 98003
phone: 253-293-6249

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