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Updated: September 22,

Classification: Entry Level Police Officer

  • No law enforcement experience
  • months of commissioned law enforcement experience, if more than a 6 month break in service since last law enforcement position
  • Starting pay step to be determined based on experience
  • Applicants without a valid law enforcement commission will attend the police academy after being hired
  • Lateral applicants with greater than 24 months of commissioned law enforcement, but a break-in service of no more than 6 months, can apply at:

The City of Bellevue Police Department is accepting test results for Entry Level Police Officer until the deadline of December 31st and hires approximately officers each year.

All candidates must have a valid passing PAT (Physical Abilities Test).

Salary Range:
Starting Monthly: $6,  -   Starting Yearly: $78,
Top Step Monthly: $8,   -  Top Step Yearly: $,

$ bonus pay at successful completion of Field Training.

$ bonus pay at the completion of your third year of employment.

Benefit Information:

    • Generous health benefits including full medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse/domestic partner and children
    • 4% premium pay for 10 specialty job assignments
    • Tax-deferred and 90% City matched (k) defined contribution plan with vesting of city contributions at 10% per year of active contribution participation (Municipal Employee Benefit Trust – MEBT)*
    • deferred compensation plan – will accept rollovers from your existing (k) or (a); (b); (b) or Traditional IRA
    • Washington State LEOFF II retirement plan
    • Employee provided dry cleaning - limited
    • Workout while on duty (three hours per week)
    • Comprehensive Quartermaster program that supplies % of issued equipment, uniforms, and weapons. You will only need to supply your own footwear.
    • Generous professional development and training opportunities (Over hours / year)
    • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
    • Tuition reimbursement program for bachelor degree
    • Educational Incentive Pay for AA or BA degrees.
    • Standard vacation accrual of hrs/month rising in steps to hrs/month at 15 yrs of service. 8 additional hours of vacation accrued per year for each year of service beyond
    • Uniformed Patrol Officers are eligible annually  for a $ safe driving award
    • Clothing allowance up to $/year for plain clothes assignments (Detectives, PIO, Training)
    • City provided $50, life insurance (no cost to employee)
    • Plentiful off-duty employment opportunities
    • Overtime and/or compensatory time allowances for overtime, callback, court, stand-by, and other instances.
    • Secure underground employee parking facility
    • Free annual pass (ORCA card) for regional bus/light rail transit

*The City of Bellevue does not participate in Social Security, which means employees do not contribute to or earn Social Security credit while employed with the City.

Applicant Contact Person:
If you have questions about the department please call the Recruiting Officer at  If you have NTN specific questions, please call 1

Job Description:
This position performs investigative and general police work involving the protection of life and property, apprehension of criminals, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and the preservation of the peace. Work normally involves patrol, investigation, and traffic enforcement duties, which may be performed in police vehicles, on motorcycles, on bicycles, on foot, or on electric vehicle.

Bellevue Police Officers are strongly oriented toward community services and support law enforcement policies, which are community based. Initial assignment will be to the Patrol Section for a minimum of two years. The Entry Level Officer application process is initiated through

Candidates are encouraged to visit the Bellevue Police Department website for further information

Department Information:
The Bellevue Police Department is an internationally accredited law enforcement agency committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement, community education and support services possible. Our residents enjoy a low crime rate and an outstanding quality of life. Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of over , and a daytime population of over , We are budgeted for approximately police officers and 41 civilian staff.

To maintain this quality of life, the Bellevue Police Department’s highly trained officers and professional staff use a combination of reactive and proactive response methods to effectively and quickly respond to calls for service. To help reach our goal of a safe community, we partner with our caring community to identify problems early on and look for the best solution.

We offer the community a full range of police services that include state of the art proactive patrol; specialized traffic enforcement and collision investigations; crime scene investigations; violent crime, special assault, property crime and white collar investigations, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiation Team, Narcotics, Computer Forensics, K-9, Crowd Control, Citizen’s Academy, Bicycle Patrol, Neighborhood Liaison Officers, School Resource Officers and many other specialized law enforcement services. The Bellevue Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

City Information:
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than , It is the high-tech and retail center of East King County, with more than , jobs and a skyline of gleaming high-rises. Rated as one of the best places to live in the United States, Bellevue is also rated as one of the best places for business and the city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country. 

While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue retains a small-town feel, with thriving, woodsy neighborhoods situated within a vast network of green spaces complemented by an award winning park systems that keep people calling Bellevue "a city in a park." 

The city spans more than 33 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from either salt water in Puget Sound or snow and glaciers in the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak in a acre wetland preserve within sight of downtown. 

The population is absolutely vibrant in terms of growth and ethnic and cultural diversity. The census shows that minorities constituted over 40% of Bellevue's population. More than 50 different languages are now spoken by children in Bellevue Public Schools.

Job Requirements

Age: Be at least 21 years of age.

US Citizen: Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident with the ability to read and write the English language.

High School Grad/GED:

  • Provide proof of high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to being hired.

    Ability to Read/Speak English: Must have ability to read and write the English language.

    Applicant must have normal color vision. Applicant must have vision correctable to 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. Applicants wearing eyeglasses or hard contacts must have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/ in each eye. Applicants wearing soft contacts must be able to:

    • Provide verifiable documentation that soft contacts have been worn regularly for at least one (1) year prior to application
    • Meets minimum vision acuity standards with soft contact lenses, and
    • There are no indications of corneal damage, or conditions of the eye which might require discontinuation of soft contact use

    Honesty / Integrity:

    Honesty and Integrity are essential traits for a successful career in Law Enforcement. Any false statements, lack of candor, cheating, or failure to fully divulge requested information will result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process.

    Background Investigation: Successfully pass a background investigation that includes an employment and reference check, complete criminal and driving history records check, a polygraph examination, and a psychological examination.

    Medical Examination: Satisfactorily complete a medical examination per the Public Safety Civil Service Commission standards.

    Body Decoration:
    Visible body decorations such as: tattoos on the head, neck, face, scalp, knuckles and hands, brands, body art, or intentional mutilation shall be covered while on duty. Wedding band tattoos on the left ring finger are permitted. The following body decorations are prohibited: Split or forked tongues; foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern; enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears; dental ornamentation; and visible piercings other than those in the ear(s) that present a professional image.

    Automatic Disqualifiers :

    Drug Use
    The use of illegal drugs referred to in this acknowledgement means the use of drugs which are unlawful under the provisions of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act in this state or its equivalent in any other jurisdiction. (Misuse of Prescription drugs will be reviewed on a case by case basis.) Simple possession of most of the following substances will be considered on a case by case basis and may be grounds for disqualification. Note that any use or abuse of drugs may be grounds for disqualification or contribute to rejection during the background investigation; these are merely the automatic disqualifiers. Please call the Personnel Services Unit before applying if you are unsure if the standard applies to you.
    The City of Bellevue is a Drug Free Workplace.
    The following drug involvement will be disqualifying:


    • Any use of heroin,
    • Any possession or use of GHB or any other “date rape” drug, including giving it to others,
    • Any use of any illegal drug within three years of application* (Excludes marijuana which is addressed below.)
    • Misuse of Prescription drugs will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Any use of marijuana, including legal marijuana derivatives, bi-products or concentrates, within 12 months of application.* Please note that while some states have decriminalized marijuana, it is still federally illegal and police officers are expected to adhere to all laws and regulations, on and off duty,
    • Any use of illegal drugs or marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency (including military police agencies).
    • warehousing, distribution, holding or transporting for another, transporting for sale, or financing of any illegal drugs/narcotics within five years of application*, including extraction and concentration of THC oils from marijuana for the production of “honey”, “wax”, “dabs” or any other THC concentrate,
    • Any distribution of illegal drugs or illegal distribution of marijuana since applying* to, or while employed by, any law enforcement agency (including military police agencies),
    Forged/Abused Prescriptions:
    Any prescription forgery, prosecuted, undetected or otherwise, within five years of application*

    * For the purpose of this process, the date of application is considered the date of the initial testing with National Testing Network, i.e. the written, reading and video test date.

    Financial Record:Any willful failure to pay income tax or court ordered child support is disqualifying.

    Military Experience:Any prior military service members must have been discharged under honorable circumstances.

    Potential Disqualifiers:

    Criminal Relationships:
    Applicant maintains an on-going relationship with individuals who have been convicted of felony crimes and/or who are reputed to be involved in recent or current felonious activity.

    Criminal Violations:
    An applicant's criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, "Alford" pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

    Potential Disqualifiers include:

    • Commission of a felony crime (non-conviction)
    • Applicant has criminal proceedings pending or is under investigation for a crime.
    • Commission of any crime of violence, including domestic violence.
    • Commission of any sexual offense within the past five years.
    • Applicant has been involved in significant misdemeanor activity.
    • Applicant’s history shows a pattern of thefts.
    Traffic Record:Traffic violations that will be disqualifying include:
    • Any criminal traffic conviction within the past 5 years.Violation examples include: Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, or Hit & Run Driving.
    • Suspension or revocation of your driver's license (for any traffic violations) within one (1) year of the date of employment application.
    • Applicant’s driving record shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.

    Employment Record:

    An applicant's employment history, including a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, any terminations, or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

    Financial Record:

    An applicant's financial history, including excessive credit card debt or unresolved accounts in collection will be thoroughly assessed and maybe grounds for disqualification.

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    How much does a Police Officer make in Bellevue, WA? The average Police Officer salary in Bellevue, WA is $64, as of September 27, , but the range typically falls between $59, and $69,. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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    Percentile Salary LocationLast Updated
    10th Percentile Police Officer Salary$56,Bellevue,WASeptember 27,
    25th Percentile Police Officer Salary$59,Bellevue,WASeptember 27,
    50th Percentile Police Officer Salary$64,Bellevue,WASeptember 27,
    75th Percentile Police Officer Salary$69,Bellevue,WASeptember 27,
    90th Percentile Police Officer Salary$75,Bellevue,WASeptember 27,

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    The Bellevue Police Department is a growing law enforcement agency with many exciting job opportunities. A career with the Bellevue Police is challenging, yet very rewarding. As a Bellevue police officer, you will deal with a variety of people and cultures as you work to keep Bellevue one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about us and Bellevue in the recruiting video below, then apply and accept the challenge to protect this city.


    New higher starting pay for entry-level officers $6,/month or $78, per year, PLUS incentives and numerous overtime opportunities. Most of our Officers make over $, per year, including incentive pay and overtime.

    • $1, bonus pay after successfully completed Field Training
    • $1, bonus pay after three years of employment

    Exceptional Entry:

    Officers with academy certification but less than two years experience, click here.


    Successful lateral candidates may be eligible for a $16, signing bonus.

    Lateral officers starting pay as high as $8,/month or $,/year,PLUS incentives and numerous overtime opportunities.

    Working for the Bellevue Police

    One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Washington, Bellevue is one of the best places to work as a police officer. The department has a tradition of success, as Bellevue enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate and is one of the safest cities in the Northwest. For a department its size, Bellevue's force offers the opportunity to serve in many specialized positions. Watch our recruiting video - "One Badge. One City. One Team."

    The Bellevue Police Department serves a population of , in a roughly square mile area. The city is bordered by Kirkland and Redmond to the north, Renton and Newcastle to the south, Issaquah to the east and Clyde Hill, Medina and Mercer Island to the west.

    Currently, the department has over commissioned personnel, along with 47 non-commission personnel. Commissioned ranks are, in ascending order: officer, corporal, sergeant, captain, major, assistant chief and chief. The police chief is appointed by the city manager.

    After two to three years of service, officers may be eligible to apply for specialties, depending on the position. Service time at other departments may be considered after the probationary period is passed.

    Full-time specialty sections for commissioned personnel within the department include:
    • Accident investigations
    • Motorcycle traffic enforcement
    • School resource officer
    • Community station officer
    • Detective - violent crimes, property crimes, fraud

    Collateral Duties/Specialties (part-time)

    • Field training officer
    • Crowd control
    • Hostage negotiator
    • Honor guard
    • Bomb technician
    • SWAT
    • Defensive tactics instructor
    • Firearms instructor
    • Evidence technician
    • Emergency vehicle drivers instructor

    The City of Bellevue is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity in its workforce.

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