Snohomish County is a diverse environment comprising over 2100 square miles of area from urban to remote mountain forest. The Sheriff’s Office serves a population of over 770,000 with a Community First approach, performing a wide variety of functions from traditional patrol to a multitude of specialty assignments. We employ over 280 commissioned staff in areas such as:
- Forest Patrol
- School Resource Officers
- Special Operations
- Marine Patrol
- Search and Rescue
- Communication and Technology
- Property Crimes
- Collision Investigations
- Homicide/Major Crimes
- Registered Sex Offenders
- Violent Offender Task Force
- Special Investigations
- Regional Narcotics/Gang Task Force
- Auto Theft Task Force
- Judicial Services
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office provides service to a diverse population and enjoys strong community support. We are an Accredited Agency through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
We also provide dedicated contract police services to a wide range of cities within Snohomish County with populations ranging from a few hundred to several thousand. Additionally we provide dedicated contract police services to other entities such as Community Transit and Paine Field Airport. Opportunities for training, experience and advancement abound.If you are interested in a law enforcement career with a Professional. Progressive and Community-minded agency, our hiring team is ready to talk with you (see contact information on the right-hand side of this page).
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A high school diploma or GED certificate is required. An associate of arts degree or 90 credits of college level course work including courses in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a closely related field is preferred. Applicants must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years of age and have a Washington State driver’s license prior to appointment. Applicants will be expected to pass a variety of job-related tests, including a Civil Service examination and pre-employment examinations including, but not limited to, a complete background investigation, fingerprinting, criminal record check, polygraph examination, a medical examination, and a psychological evaluation.
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2) Ensure you meet the minimum qualifications:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Must be a citizen of the United State of America.
- Must be 21 years of age, there is no maximum age limit.
- Possess a Washington State Driver’s License.
4) Go to the National Testing Network website, select “Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office” and click “Apply”. Sign up to take the written and physical fitness tests. (You can find descriptions of the tests, including videos, under the National Testing Network FAQs). In order to proceed in the testing process all candidates must have completed the application through Snohomish County (step #3) and completed the police officer testing and physical abilities test through National Testing Network (step #4).
5) National Testing Network scores the candidate and rates them in order of their combined test results. That list is provided to the Sheriff’s Office. Testing is conducted on a continual basis, so anytime is a good time to apply.
6) The Sheriff’s Office reviews the list and conducts an oral board interview of candidates. The board consists of two commissioned employees and the interview lasts approximately 40 minutes. The questions are oriented towards community service and community relations. The candidates are scored and a list is compiled. Candidates will receive an email from the Civil Service Commission with their score and where they rank on the eligibility list.
7) If selected from the eligibility list, a background investigation will begin, which includes:
- Criminal history investigation
- Personnel and professional references
- Employment history
- Credit check
- Drivers record investigation
- Polygraph examination
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical examination
- Felony conviction
- Misdemeanor conviction for moral turpitude
- Conviction of a domestic violence crime or court order violation
- Unable to possess a Washington State Driver’s License
- Use of non-prescribed Schedule I – V drugs within the past five years
- Heroin use or possession at any time
- Marijuana, or any marijuana derivatives, use within the last three years
- Trafficking or transporting for sale any illegal drugs
- Two or more bankruptcies
- Knowingly falsifying application or personal history packet
- Failure to pass the polygraph examination
- Failure to pass psychological evaluation
- Failure to pass medical examination
- Failure to pass drug screening
10) Once you have graduated from the academy, you will return to the Sheriff’s Office and begin the Field Training Program. The training program lasts between three and four months and you will be assigned to three different Field Training Officers (FTOs) who will train and evaluate you.
11) Upon completion of the Field Training Program you will be assigned to the Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office. You will work out of one of our precincts or contract cities
- $54,890.88 to $71,874.59 annual salary
- Salary may include college incentive pay, longevity pay and specialty pay if eligible
- Choice of medical insurance plans
- Fully paid dental, vision and basic life insurance for you and all of your dependents
- Take home vehicle upon completion of field training
- All uniforms and equipment provided
- LEOFF 2 retirement
- Optional deferred compensation program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Wellness Program and flexible spending account
- Long term disability insurance through the Deputy Sheriff Association
- Paid vacation, 10 holidays, and sick leave
Snohomish County is a great place to work, live and play. Nestled between the Puget Sound and the rugged Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County is north of Seattle and south of Vancouver, BC. A short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula, we are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Forest and mountain wildlife sanctuaries, unlimited opportunities for outdoor fun, including fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking and more. We also some of the best coffee and wines this side of Italy and shopping opportunities galore.