‘Emerald City’ police search for qualified candidates
By Maria Kanai
Here’s a big shout-out for our men and women in blue: Beginning later this
month, there will be a unique opportunity for Hawaii’s law enforcement officers to work for the Seattle Police Department. From Feb. 27 through March 2, interested candidates with at least two years of experience may qualify to be a lateral transfer to Seattle.
“With a lateral transfer, we eliminate the cost of flying to our Seattle department to take the written exam, oral board and background interviews by doing them all in Honolulu,” said Detective Carl Wilson of the Seattle Police Department. “If all goes well, the candidate will need to fly to Seattle for the polygraph, written psych and medical tests — but you’ll only have to fly in that once instead of twice.”
Wilson himself was also a lateral candidate from New Orleans before starting in Washington’s “Emerald City.” “I reached a point in my career where I had to start thinking about long-term plans and retirement,” he noted. “I’d never been to Seattle before, but the lateral transfer option allowed me to skip having to go through the whole, full police academy again. It was a seamless and smooth transition for me.”
Interested candidates should sign up online before the deadline, which is Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. PST time. The written exam for laterals will be administered on Feb. 27 — if passed, the oral board interview follows on Feb. 28, March 1 or 2.
Candidates who pass both the written exam and oral board interview will be scheduled for an extensive interview with a background detective on Feb. 28, March 1 or 2. There is also another option for entry-level applicants and testing for them will take place Feb. 27 through March 1.
According to Wilson, a day in the life of a Seattle Police Department officer can be busy and exciting, especially in a bustling city with more than 700,000 people. The primary duties of the Seattle Police Department include foot, car and
bike patrols in all five precincts, Harbor Unit patrol, 911 communication center for police, fire and medical emergencies, traffic and parking enforcement, SWAT and a K9 Unit.
“Every day is different,” said Wilson. “Ours is a larger department so there is lots of opportunity to move around within the department. We also have top tier technology and great training for our staff.”
Wilson said his job has given him the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives. “Where I grew up, it was a rough community, which is why I take pride in doing something good with my role in the Seattle Police Department. It’s something that’s fulfilling for me and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
(Clockwise from top) Seattle Police Department officers show their support to the community as they march in a parade in Seattle; Officers serve and protect more than 700,000 people in the city of Seattle; Honolulu law enforcement officers have the chance to transfer and join the Seattle police force between Feb. 27 and March 1. PHOTOS COURTESY SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
My family here is my blue family and I’m very happy in the Seattle PD,” he shared.
Visit seattlepolicejobs.com or contact Detective Andre Sinn in the Recruiting Unit at andre.sinn@ seattle.gov or (206) 615-0762.
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