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Thank you for your interest in joining our team as a lateral police officer! The Kirkland Police Department seeks law enforcement professionals of the highest caliber to help achieve our mission, which is to “protect and serve our community with honor, integrity and courage.” Working for the Kirkland Police Department offers an unparalleled opportunity to be an integral part of a forward-thinking department that prioritizes community policing, the safety of our students, crime reduction and the proactive protection of our community members. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, our strong sense of teamwork and our ability to respond and adapt to our community’s needs.

The City of Kirkland Police Department is one of the best-paid departments in the State of Washington, with excellent benefits and generous incentives. Currently, we offer a $16,000 hiring bonus to new lateral police officers! The $16,000 hiring bonus is payable in three (3) separate installments:

  • $5,000 to be paid on the first paycheck following the officer's hire.
  • $5,000 to be paid after successful completion of the field training program.
  • $6,000 to be paid upon successful completion of the probationary period.

Rates and incentives for 2020 are:


Patrol Officer I Patrol Officer II Patrol Officer III Patrol Officer IV Starting Officer
$7,995 $7,506 $7,012 $6,638 $6,131

NOTE: Lateral entry officers start at Patrol Officer III or Patrol Officer IV pay grade depending on experience.

Education Incentive

AA Degree BA/BS Degree Graduate Degree
2.0% 4.0% 4.5%

Special Assignment Incentive

Detective Traffic Officer K-9 Handler Pro-Act Officer Training Officer, SRO, NRO
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 2.0%

Auxiliary Duty Incentive

Firearms Instructor Defensive Tactics Instructor SWAT (SRT or HNT) Less Lethal Instructors
2.0% 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%


Physical Fitness Incentive* Accreditation Incentive Night Shift Differential**
1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

*NOTE: Employees shall be eligible for a physical fitness incentive as provided in the Kirkland Police Guild Labor Agreement.

**NOTE: A premium of 1 percent will be added to the monthly rate of pay for employees who are assigned to the patrol night shift.

Longevity Pay (Monthly)

Yrs 5 - 9 Yrs 10 - 14 Yrs 15 - 19 Yrs 20 - 24 25+ yrs
2.5% 4.0% 6.0% 8.0% 9.0%

Vacation (hours per year)

Yrs 1 - 4 Yrs 5 - 7 Yrs 8 - 10 Yrs 11 - 13 Yrs 14 - 16 Yrs 17 - 19 20+ yrs
104 hrs 128 hrs 136 hrs 144 hrs 160 hrs 176 hrs 192 hrs


Twelve days per year. In addition, employees who actually work Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day are paid at a rate of one and one-half times the employee's hourly rate.

Holiday Pay

Employees now can cash out holiday time twice per year.


The City pays the full premium cost of medical/dental/vision plans for the employee and family (two medical plans to choose from). Flexible Medical Spending and Retirement Medical accounts are available. Retirees may now purchase health insurance through the City’s plan or Kaiser Permanente at a retiree rate.

Uniforms & Equipment

Each officer is completely outfitted upon appointment and is provided replacements as needed. Uniform cleaning is provided free of charge.



Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters State Retirement Plan II (LEOFF II) is the current retirement system. Employees are eligible for vested retirement after five years of service and attainment of age 53, the amount equaling 2 percent of the final average salary for each year of service. The City's employees elected to withdraw from the Social Security system and invest in the Municipal Employee's Benefit Trust Fund (MEBT), which matches and exceeds the benefits under Social Security. Employee contributions are matched by the City. Upon retirement or separation, the employee is allowed to collect all of his/her trust fund contributions, plus the vested portion of the City's contribution. After seven years, the employee is fully vested in the City's matching contribution.

Here is the formula we will use to calculate your monthly benefit: Service credit months ÷ 12 x 2% x Final Average Salary* = Monthly Benefit * Average your monthly salary from the highest-paid 60 consecutive months in which you earned service credit. Usually, this is your last 60 months of service.

Life Insurance

The City provides life insurance for the officer at a benefit of two times the officer salary.

Both entry level and lateral officers will initially be assigned to Patrol as a uniformed officer, handling calls for service and conducting routine patrol functions. After two years in Patrol, officers will be eligible to test for other assignments.

These assignments include:

  • Traffic
  • Detectives
  • School Resource Officer (SRO)
  • Police Training Officer (PTO)
  • K-9
  • Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO)

Additionally, officers can be part of special cadres responsible for training and other police functions such as:

  • Firearms Instructor
  • Less Lethal Instructor
  • EVOC Instructor (Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control)
  • Honor Guard
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT)
  • Special Response Team (SRT)

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.

Lateral (Experienced police officer) - Must have successfully completed an accredited Police Basic Training Academy curriculum and have a minimum of 12 months full-time service within the last 36 months (prefer current) as a sworn municipal or county officer. Must be at least 21 years of age and have or be able to obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. A lateral officer whose state certification is recognized by the WACJTC does not have to attend the basic academy. Out-of-state laterals do have to pass the WACJTC 80-hour equivalency academy. Lateral officers will be placed in an eight-week abbreviated Police Training Officers (PTO) program for field training. Lateral officers are on probation for twelve months from date of hire.

The following are automatic disqualifiers - Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the following:


  • One or more traffic crime convictions in last five years. (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.)
  • Suspension of driver's license within past five years.
  • Applicant's driving record will be carefully reviewed.

Drug Use

  • Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
  • All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.

Criminal Activity

  • Any adult felony conviction.
  • Any misdemeanor or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
  • Juvenile felony convictions will be carefully reviewed.
  • Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
  • Sold drugs.


  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
  • Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
  • Previous revocation or denial of any (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.


  • Failure to pay income tax or child support.
  • Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
  • Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.


  • Exposed tattoos which can not be covered by a standard uniform of the day.

Police Department
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