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Lateral Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

   • How I do apply with your department?

Lateral officers can apply online at City of Kirkland Lateral Police Officer.

   • 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 police experience as a commissioned police 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 commissioned police officer with four (4) 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 eight or 10 hour rotating shifts. Patrol officers work four 10 hour shifts, followed by three days off. Officers work Monday - Thursday or Thursday - Sunday. Available shifts are days, swing, 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 eight-week Police Training Officers (PTO) program. During the eight weeks you will be teamed with two 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 Equivalency Academy. Officers will complete an 80-hour online instructional program and attend a three-day session at the academy. Lateral officers will be placed in an eight-week abbreviated Police Training Officers (PTO) program for field training.

   • What does the physical fitness test consist of?

The physical fitness test consists of sit-ups, push-ups, a 1.5 mile run, and a 300 meter dash. Find out the complete information on the physical fitness testing.


The Physical Ability Test score for each test item is recorded and added on the individual participant's sheet. The passing score is 160, with the range of scores for each test between 30 and 50.

Example: The below measures are merely for illustration and are only approximate values.

   • Sit-ups 34 = 40 Points
   • Push-ups 38 = 50 Points (Note that 34 and above receives the same maximum points)
   • 1.5-mile run 14:31 = 30 Points
   • 300-meter dash 60 sec. = 45 Points
   • Total test battery score is 200 points

The participant who scores below the 30-point level has failed the test but will be allowed to continue on the other test items with the option of re-test on any of the following: sit-ups and push-ups. The participant who scores above the 50-point level on a given test item will not be awarded more than that 50 points to apply towards the other test items.

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

An applicant may re-apply with the department after six 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.

   • How many positions are available?

The department currently has five (5) positions available. We are looking at all candidates, lateral and entry level. 

   • 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 a lateral 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.

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11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

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