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Common Frequently Asked Questions

<div >    • How I do apply with your department?

Entry Level Officers must apply through  Lateral officers can apply online at

   • Do I have to live within a certain distance from the city?

No. Officers live all over the Puget Sound Area.

   • How long must I be with the Kirkland Police Department before I can promote to a higher rank or move to a specialty position?

To be eligible for promotion to Corporal you need to have a minimum of three (3) years full time corrections experience and one (1) year as a corrections officer with the City of Kirkland. To be eligible for promotion to Sergeant you need a minimum of five (5) years full time experience as a corrections officer with three (3) years of service in Kirkland. You must be with the department for two years before testing for specialty assignments. Officers may test for training cadres at any time after the probationary period. 

   • Hours of Work

Must be available to work 12 hour shifts. Corrections Officers work a two week schedule which consists of three 12 hour shifts, followed by four days off and three 12 hour shifts plus one 8 hour shift.  Days off vary based on the shift that you bid on for that calendar year.  Available shifts are days and nights, and are bid by seniority.

   • Do laterals have to go through field training?

All laterals (in-state and out-of-state), have to complete an abbreviated six-week Corrections Officers Program. During the six weeks you will be teamed with different training officers learning the procedures and operations of the department.

   • Do laterals have to attend a Police Academy?

Out-of-state laterals do have to fulfill the requirements for the WACJTC Corrections Officers Equivalency Academy.  Lateral officers will be placed in a six-week abbreviated Corrections Officer training program for field training. 

   • What does the Physical Fitness Test Consist Of?

The physical fitness test consists of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Find out the complete information on the physical fitness testing.  For any questions regarding the Physical Ability Test, please follow the link provided.  

   • What happens if I fail a portion of the testing process?

An applicant may re-apply with the department after three months from their previous test date if they fail a portion of the testing. An applicant receiving a permanent disqualification from the testing process may not re-apply with the department.

   • When should I apply?

You can apply anytime after you have met the minimum requirements for the position. You may not apply in anticipation of meeting the minimum requirements sometime in the near future.

   • How long does the background investigation take?

Once an applicant has completed the physical fitness test and oral interview with passing scores and is selected for a background investigation, the approximate time for the investigation is two months.

Kirkland Jail
11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

General Inquiries
For police, fire, and emergency medical services, call 9-1-1
Non-emergency incident: 425-577-5656