Exceptional Entry

Interested in joining the Bellevue Police Department but haven’t met the criteria for a lateral Police Officer position?

This unique opportunity applies to Police Officers who have graduated a recognized and accredited police academy and have less than 24 months of experience working full time as an officer. You bring training and experience that we value and we want to give you a chance to hit the ground running without having to repeat an entire police academy curriculum.

This position, like the lateral police officer, affords chances for career development. Here are some pertinent details:

  • You’ll start your new career in our patrol division and you may be eligible to apply for specialty positions or a promotion after one year of service.
  • Your prior experience factors into your starting pay. Depending on your prior service, you may be able to start at the second pay tier contingent on one year of successful service with the Bellevue Police Department.
  • We encourage officers from around the country apply. Out-of-state officers need to pass the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Classroom Academy. This is an 80- hour course administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  • As a lateral hire, you will accrue vacation time based on your cumulative law enforcement experience at the time of hire.

Salary (monthly)


An exceptional entry police officer commands an initial base salary of $87,891 and after 3 years of law enforcement experience, will make $100,231, plus incentives and OT.

How The Exceptional Entry Hiring Process Works

We offer a streamlined hiring process for exceptional entry applicants.

After you submit your application, we will send you 5 required written test questions. This will be graded and determine your Civil Service Ranking. Once you are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility list, you will undergo a pre- employment background check. After you successfully pass the background check, you may qualify for an immediate conditional offer of employment.

The final steps toward a full-time position include passing a full medical exam, a psychological evaluation and a polygraph exam. Once hired, out-of-state officers will be required to attend a two-week classroom based equivalency academy and all officers must successfully complete a field training program.

Health and Retirement

The Bellevue Police Department provides you and your family with some of the best healthcare coverage in the country. Our group plans contain a variety of options that include medical, dental and vision care. We also offer a generous pension 401k and additional retirement options. Contact our offices for details.

And for the full details, review the official Bellevue Police Officers Guild contract linked below:

Bellevue Police Officers Guild contract 2021

How to Apply

Apply now with the Bellevue Police Department.

Before applying, please review the job description and our minimum standards.

For more information, contact Police Recruiting at BPDjobs@BellevueWA.gov.

The City of Bellevue is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce.