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Please note: Listed timelines are subject to change and will depend upon hiring needs.)

Why you should lateral to the King County Sheriff's Office:

  • Our updated lateral hire process aims to give qualified applicants a job offer in five to six weeks from the beginning of the application/testing process (link to lateral hiring flowchart
  • Your take-home patrol car is issued to you soon after being sworn-in and qualifying with your weapon
  • You will take a shorter, modified version of the new hire applicant test that does not include a physical agility test
  • Laterals are listed on a separate Civil Service Eligibility List from entry-level hires
  • No need to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC) if you successfully completed a state-sponsored academy with a minimum of 720 hours training (you must complete an equivalency academy if from out of state)
  • Years of service at your previous agency may apply to some specialty unit requirements for application
  • Pay level may be commensurate with your experience based on a command staff interview
  • The county jail is run by a separate county department.  Therefore, there is no work assignment in the jail; you start in the field on patrol
  • As one of Washington's largest law enforcement agencies, your career opportunities are practically endless

    What to expect as a lateral hire to KCSO:

  • In place of full academy training, you will attend a 5-week KCSO orientation training
  • Complete three 2-week equivalency class sessions (if from outside Washington)
  • Field training may be accelerated based on your performance
  • You will become a member of the LEOFF2 retirement system

    Additional Qualifications for Lateral Entry Applicants with Previous Experience:

  • Experience as a full-time commissioned police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol;
  • Successful completion of probation as a commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's department (Federal experience does not qualify);
  • Less than a two-year break in service from a former police officer position; and
  • Academy training that meets or exceeds the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards (720 hours).

    Lateral Hire Hiring Process:

  • KCSO aims to offer employment to qualified lateral applicants five to six weeks from the outset of the testing process
  • Lateral applicants are contacted immediately upon KCSO’s receipt of your testing score. The background process begins at this time and oral board interviews are scheduled within two weeks
  • Due to the accelerated nature of the lateral hiring process, candidates must be aware that current employers will be contacted by our Background Detectives within two weeks of KCSO receiving your NTN score
  • Lateral applicants who have active internal investigations or are on administrative leave with their current departments should wait until their investigations are closed and are returned to active duty BEFORE applying
  • Successful candidates who receive an official offer of employment must be able to begin work within three months of this employment offer
  • Please see the Lateral Hiring Process flowchart here (link to lateral hiring flowchart)