Police Officer Requirements – Washington

Minimum Requirements to be a Police Officer in Washington State 

Age Applicants must be 18 years old or above, No maximum age limit
Education High School Diploma or G.E.D
Citizenship US Citizen

Other Requirements:

  • Complete basic law enforcement training which complies with standards adopted by the commission
  • Have not been denied certification or have had your certification revoked in this or another state.
  • Undergo background investigation including a check of criminal history, a psychological examination, and a polygraph test or similar assessment
  • Pass Fitness Ability Test
  • Have a signed “Application for Peace Officer Certification” form
  • No adult felony or misdemeanor or any domestic violence conviction
  • Submit fingerprints
  • Discharged under honorable conditions (fair employment laws apply) if with military record
  • Possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License prior to being hired