Officers after graduation


Applicants must complete all parts of the Public Safety Civil Service Testing Process (steps 1 & 2) that are listed below by April 19, 2023. If that is not possible, candidates should wait to apply in the next exam cycle that will open a week after this one closes.  

  1. Submit Application: To apply, click here.
    Candidates who meet eligibility criteria and pass all portions of the exam will be placed on an eligible list according to their exam scores. Candidates will be informed of their application status on or before April 21, 2023 

  2. Register and Complete 2 Exam Components: The law enforcement exam components must be self-scheduled through the National Testing Network (NTN). Examinations are offered virtually or at physical locations across the United States. Applications must be received by April 17, 2023 and all exam components must be completed by April 19, 2023.

    Financial Hardship Voucher:
     If payment of the NTN Testing Fee presents a financial hardship for you, please complete thiselectronic form.  Upon completion of this form, the City of Seattle will notify NTN that a voucher can be issued. Candidates must also complete a Seattle Police Officer job application for the fee waiver to be processed. 

  3. Physical Agility Test:  Candidates must successfully complete the Washington Physical Agility Test (WAPAT) before they can be hired.

  4. Oral Board Interview:  Candidate will need to complete an oral board interview with the Seattle Police Department tentatively scheduled for April 29, 2023. This will be done virtually.

  5. Backgrounding:  SPD will then conduct a thorough investigation into the candidate’s history. Ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  

  6. Medical Evaluation, Psychological Exam, and Polygraph Exam:  Candidate will need to complete a medical evaluation that includes drug screening, medical history, vision & hearing test, and a stress EKG test.  

  7. Final Offer of Employment: Dependent on eligibility, results, and completion of steps. 


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