Police Officer Testing Process

Police Officers are some of our most esteemed and most needed citizens. If you have the desire and passion to join their ranks we would love to have you! Yet, there are a few things you should know:



Entry Level Candidates


  1. All Entry-Level Police Officer candidates must register with Public Safety Testing.com to schedule a time and date for the written and physical agility exam. Please visit http://www.publicsafetytesting.com for additional information regarding the tests and to schedule an appointment.
  2. Passing scores from all candidates passing both the written exam and physical agility exam will be forwarded to the City of Lake Stevens.
  3. A limited number of the top scoring candidates from Public Safety Testing.com will be invited to complete a City of Lake Stevens application packet at GovJobs Today and invited to an oral board interview. Candidates must pass the oral board interview with a score of 70% or higher.
  4. Candidates passing the oral board interview will be placed on a ranked eligibility register. Relative rank shall be determined by the combined candidate’s score from Public Safety Testing.com, the candidate’s oral board interview score, plus any additional percentage allowed by law for veterans’ preference.
  5. When the City has positions open, the hiring authority will start with the top five candidates on the eligibility register to undergo a personal interview with the Chief of Police, a background investigation, polygraph test, physical exam, and physiological examination.

Lateral (Experienced) Candidates


Note: An experienced Police Officer is defined as a currently employed, full-time, civilian law enforcement officer with a city, county, state or federal agency who is eligible to attend, or has successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy; or has previously worked in that capacity within the last 24 months; or whose prior training qualifies them to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.

  1. All Lateral (Experienced) candidates must complete an electronic Lateral Police Officer application packet through GovJobs Today.
  2. All Lateral applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and proof of experience.
  3. All qualifying Lateral applicants will be sent a written exercise to complete.
  4. A limited number of top scoring Lateral candidates on the written exercise will be invited to an oral board interview. Candidates must pass the oral board interview with a score of 70% or higher.
  5. Candidates passing the oral board interview will be placed on a ranked eligibility register. Relative rank shall be determined by the combined Lateral candidate’s score received on the written exercise and the oral board interview, plus any additional percentage allowed by law for veterans’ preference.
  6. When the City has positions open, the hiring authority will start with the top five candidates on the eligibility register to undergo a personal interview with the Chief of Police, a background investigation, polygraph test, physical exam, and physiological examination.