Police Officer – Entry Level

Bothell, WA
Bothell Police Department

The Bothell Police Department is looking for Entry-Level Police Officers. We are seeking individuals who embody uncompromising integrity, courage, compassion, leadership and creativity. Successful candidates will be dedicated professionals who are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of others on a daily basis. Applicants should have a desire to seek knowledge and a willingness to learn and grow. We are also looking for individuals who embrace diversity and understand why the inclusion of all races and backgrounds is an important value for our organization and community.

Why Bothell PD? Working for the Bothell Police Department will allow you to build relationships and make a difference in our community. You will be proud to join the “Blue” and represent the City of Bothell. A career as a Bothell Police Officer provides challenge, excitement, variety, teamwork and job satisfaction. Officers are encouraged to think creatively and “outside the box”.

There are opportunities for lateral movement and training for specialty assignments such as: ALERT Team (Riot Control), Crime Analysis, Detectives, Field Training Officers, Firearms Instructors and Armorers, Hostage Negotiation Team and Training Instructors, Narcotic K-9 Officer, School Resource Officers, Special Response Team (SWAT), and Traffic and Motors Officer.

$77,316.00 – $100,944.00 Annually


• Police Officers are expected to perform conscientiously, proficiently and independently, any and all patrol assignments and duties of a regular patrol officer (or special assignments when so assigned). Individuals are responsible for recognizing the importance placed on law enforcement activities by the public and for tactful and courteous treatment of all citizens. Police officers are also responsible for assigned police vehicles and other equipment of the Police Department.
• Police work involves the potential for personal injury and individuals must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in meeting emergencies.
• Individuals assigned to work as Detectives may be assigned to perform all authorized activities related to criminal investigations. Work is normally performed in accordance with established policies and procedures but with the application of considerable judgment and latitude in handling all types of investigations, emergency situations, analyzing cases, interpreting and applying the law, and in preparing thorough and accurate cases for court.
• Patrol and criminal investigation assignments are normally performed in accordance with departmental policies, rules, standard operating practice and established precedent, with matters requiring deviation normally referred to next higher command level for decision or direction.
• Individuals may be assigned to special law enforcement activities such as non-routine investigations, surveillance, juvenile matters that call upon specialized abilities and knowledge usually attained through considerable training and experience.
• Performance is reviewed on a continuous basis by a departmental supervisor through a performance appraisal of work methods, results achieved, reports, personal inspection and discussion.


• United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident.
• Minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age by certification date of eligibility list.
• High school graduate with an Associate degree in Law Enforcement preferred.
• Satisfactory completion of medical exam and drug screen by a licensed physician to ensure that no physical, emotional, sensory or mental conditions exist which could preclude individuals from performing the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
• Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid State of Washington Driver's License.
• Driving record free of significant or serious moving violations.
• Personal record free of any crimes or convictions for crimes involving moral character such as theft, dishonesty, or history of regular usage of illegal/illicit drugs, etc. as stated in Civil Service regulations.
• Successful completion of oral, psychological and polygraph tests as prescribed by the Police Civil Service Commission.
• Possession of or ability to obtain a Basic Law Enforcement School Certificate issued by the State of Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. Out of state candidates, who have previously certified in another state, must pass the CJTC equivalency examination.
• Ability to satisfactorily complete field training in which methods, procedures and techniques of law enforcement work are presented by field training officers.