Experienced Officers Wanted: Lateral Police Careers
- 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, it’s possible you could find yourself at our highest pay step – 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.
An experienced officer commands a base salary of $93,130 and $99,239 after one year, plus incentives and overtime.
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Officer Larry Perreira made the move to the Bellevue Police Department from a large metropolitan police department in Hawaii. Learn more about the advantages of working with us through the eyes of someone who’s gone through the process.
See his story.
How The Lateral Hiring Process Works
We offer a streamlined hiring process for lateral 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 test. Once hired, you will be required to attend a two-week classroom-based equivalency academy for out-of-state officers and successfully complete a field training program.
If you have completed a police academy, but don’t have two years’ experience, click here.
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:
How to Apply
Apply now with the Bellevue Police Department.