Police Officer – Lateral

Lake Stevens, WA
Lake Stevens Police Department

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.


$6,398.39 – $7,891.84 Monthly




  • 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, state, or federal 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn, pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to law enforcement, and departmental procedures and policies
  • Knowledge of structure, organization and interrelationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions
  • Skilled in the operation and understanding of personal computers and typical office equipment
  • Ability to operate a personal computer; learn to operate specialized computer systems and applications that support the law enforcement function
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable and reliable attendance during scheduled hours
  • Ability to participate as a contributing member of a service-oriented team
  • Ability to type 35 words per minute is preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to manage circumstances involving conflict and hostile people
  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide range of people who may be under stress, have emotional or mental disorders, or are impaired by drugs or medication
  • Ability to demonstrate positive and effective interaction and communication with individuals of diverse social and economic backgrounds
  • Ability to use sound judgment under stress
  • Ability to evaluate a number of factors and solve problems using deductive reasoning
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills with tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Ability to interpret, apply, and explain laws, regulations, and procedures
  • Ability to qualify for possession and use of firearms; demonstrate and maintain proficiency in use and care of firearms in accordance with departmental rules
  • Ability to safely operate vehicles and equipment in routine and emergency situations
  • Ability to manage uncooperative or violent people without the use of force, if possible
  • Ability to apply necessary and approved physical control of violent people for self-defense, to ensure the safety of other people, and to make forcible arrests
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, recognize threats and potential dangers and determine the proper course of action
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people who may be hostile, emotional, unstable, physically or mentally distraught, defuse potentially violent situations, and use discretionary judgment when emergency situations arise
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language with sufficient proficiency to communicate effectively in person, over police radios, and through written reports
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service, often in stressful situations, to internal and external customers
  • Ability to obtain and maintain all requirements as established by the City for peace officers
  • Ability to perform routine clerical tasks
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of business records and other information

Licenses, Certifications and Other Requirements:

  • 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