Make a Difference – Become a Police Officer

Answer the call to serve the Spokane community. Become a Spokane Police Officer.

Lateral Entry Requirements: Applicants must possess a state-issued Basic Law Enforcement certificate and have two years of sworn, non-military, patrol officer experience. Applicants must be currently employed as a law enforcement officer or have left such employment in good standing, and have a valid law enforcement commission at the time of hire. Applicants from states other than Washington must have the ability to obtain Basic or Equivalency Law Enforcement certification by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission within the probationary period. Proof of a valid driver’s license must be submitted. Applicants must be certified by the police physician as physically fit to perform the prescribed duties. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Open Entry Requirements: Completion of high school or equivalent.

Certified Open Entry Requirements: Applicants must meet the open requirements, have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and have a valid WSCJTC BLEA certification at the time of hire. No prior law enforcement experience is required.

All applicants:

  • Must be 20 years of age at application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment; within normal weight range for height.
  • Physical requirements for this position, including eyesight, hearing, and other physical abilities are consistent with state law and guidelines. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass a post-offer physical and psychological examination prior to appointment.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and be a United States citizen.

Benefits: Our benefit package includes Medical/Vision, Dental, Long Term Disability, Retirement, Matching Deferred Compensation, Life Insurance, Vacation/Sick Leave, Paid Holiday, Uniforms provided, Education and Training Opportunities.

How to Apply:
  1. Take and Pass the Public Safety Written Exam. Be sure to have your score sent to Spokane Police Department
  2. Submit an application online.
Spokane Police Department Physical Ability Test Requirements

All candidates must pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT). View the PAT guidelines for more information.

The PAT will be typically administered in the following order:

  1. 300 meter run
  2. Push-ups
  3. Sit-ups
  4. 1.5 mile run/walk
Other City of Spokane Job Opportunities

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Contact Police

For in progress crimes and emergencies call 911

To report a non-emergent crime contact:

To provide crime activity or suspect information that doesn't require immediate action contact:

For general police email contact:

For nuisance reports, including code violations (i.e. illegal camping, substantial litter in yards or alleys, graffiti, land use violations), parking complaints, and road condition issues contact:

How to Apply

Laterals please go to this webpage, if you have questions send an email to Please be sure to include your name, your phone number, your email address, your current occupation, and how you heard about us.

Certified entry (completed CJTC or equivalent and less than 2 years experience) please visit our careers page for more information. If you have questions, send an e-mail to Please be sure to include your name, your phone number, your email address, your current occupation, and how you heard about us.

New recruits please see the Police Officer (Open Entry) position listing on the Civil Service Classified Positions page for more information and testing dates.

Contact Information

Questions about the hiring process or the department in general? Please contact our Recruiting Department.

Spokane Police Academy

Senior Police Officer Graig Butler