Police Officer – Lateral

Lake Stevens, WA
Lake Stevens Police Department

Salary: $79,084.08 – $97,543.08 Annually.

Position Summary:

Provide a wide range of police services to the public including, but not limited to enforcing laws, protecting life and property, maintaining peace and order, providing public service, crime prevention, and investigating civil and criminal matters.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide service to the public relating directly to public safety including providing assistance, answering questions, making referrals to other services, and solving community problems.
  • Respond to calls for service and take appropriate action with the needs of the caller in mind, following established policy, procedures, and current professional practices.
  • Respond to emergency calls for service, such as accidents, medical emergencies, and crimes in progress. Takes appropriate initial action, following established law, policy, procedures, and current professional practices.
  • Manage ongoing cases through thorough and appropriate documentation and follow up investigations, timely and complete case reporting, and appropriate networking with other officers, supervisors, and divisions.
  • Interview victims, witnesses, and suspects and document their statements regarding criminal and civil matters.
  • Enforce City ordinances, State RCWs, Federal laws and court decisions.
  • Apprehend offenders including making physical arrests and overcoming their resistance.
  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the community including people, businesses, geographical features, and current problem areas.
  • Exercise authority while enforcing city ordinances, state RCWs, federal laws and court decisions, in a way consistent with the obligations imposed by the oath of office.
  • Patrol the city using preventive and directed patrol, to detect and prevent crime, stop unlawful behavior, enforce traffic laws, and find conditions that are hazardous to the community.
  • Physically engage and restrain combative individuals.
  • Present programs relating to crime prevention, traffic and boating safety, and drug awareness or police operations that include public speaking, organizing meetings, and creating written material.
  • Use computers to create accurate, thorough, and complete cases, reports, logs, and other documentation that will be referred to the prosecutor or appropriate authorities.
  • Provide assistance to other city departments, public safety agencies and government agencies.
  • Carry and utilize various firearms and less-lethal launchers.
  • Shoot assigned weapon(s) with accuracy complying with state standards.
  • Operate assigned vehicle in a safe manner (i.e., car, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, etc).


  • High School Diploma or equivalent (e.g., G.E.D.).
  • Prefer a minimum of 45 quarter or 30 semester college credits towards a relevant college degree.
  • Currently employed, or has been employed within the last 24 months as a full-time, civilian law enforcement officer with a city, county, or state law enforcement agency.
  • Successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Successfully completed Field Training (FTO).
  • Prior training and experience qualifies candidate to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.
  • United States Citizen.
  • At least 20½ years old at time of application.
  • Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license and a driving record which is acceptable to the City
  • Must be able to successfully pass extensive background check, polygraph examination, psychological examination, medical examination, and drug screening.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement academy (or Equivalency Academy, if applicable) and subsequent field training programs and probation.