Washington State Patrol - Lateral Openings with $20,000 bonus

Washington State Patrol | Olympia, WA

Posted Date 7/09/2024



$87,696 - $115,332



Work throughout Washington State independently with minimal supervision to provide a full range of law enforcement and public safety services to the motoring public and visitors of Washington State. Troopers identify and enforce criminal and traffic law violations and support criminal prosecutions through the use of statutory arrest authority, search, investigation, and court proceedings. Troopers expedite safe traffic flow, assist with collision response and investigations, and aid motorists, crime victims, the public, and governmental bodies. Troopers can serve on committees or help with projects dedicated to public safety, education, crime prevention, and community initiatives.



As a Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper, you will have a fulfilling career and receive paid, high-quality training and benefits at no cost to you while attending a shortened WSP academy. We are currently offering a $20k bonus for lateral hires.

Our troopers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of assignments and locations, allowing for diverse career paths, different paces of life, and geographic experiences. Troopers receive take-home vehicles and are provided uniforms and equipment at no cost to the employee. Additionally, we offer shift differential pay, education incentive pay, geographical pay, specialty pay, and paid leave time.

We offer excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits, a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and eligibility for the Public Loan Forgiveness Program.

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Washington State offers a variety of geographical locations, making it easy for a Trooper to find a place to live and work. Troopers can serve in diverse locations, including cosmopolitan areas, rolling hills, college towns, forests, farmland, or on the Washington State’s Ferry system, utilizing land, air, or water transport.

Washington State offers a variety of activities and has a bustling economy, ranking number one in the country by WalletHub. U.S. News & World Report also ranked it one of the Top 10 Best States in the Nation and WalletHub named it one of the best states to be a police officer.

No matter where you reside in Washington State, you will discover ample opportunities to explore, thrive, and stay connected.



The mission of the Washington State Patrol is to make a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of all people and communities by providing the best public safety services.

As a nationally accredited agency, we are comprised of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve quality of life and prevent unnecessary loss of life. Troopers patrol almost 18,000 miles of roadway and are the most visible part of the agency.



  • Successful completion of Basic Law Enforcement Academy and probationary period.
  • No sustained misconduct violations for excessive use of force, firearms usage, or discriminatory policing (bias).
  • No sustained misconduct violations within the past three years.
  • No suspensions, revocations, or discipline affecting peace officer certification.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving DUI, use or possession of firearms in the commission of a crime, crimes of violence (i.e., domestic violence, assault, sex crimes, etc.), or controlled substances.
  • Applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver’s license. History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control as reported on the Abstract of Driving Record will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver’s license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.

Click here for the list of hiring standards in its entirety, with definitions.



The WSP has five phases to our hiring process.

 Phase 1:  Application Review
 Phase 2:  Background Investigation
 Phase 3:  Command Interview
 Phase 4:  Psychological test, Psychological Interview w/ Psychologist, Medical exam 
 Phase 5:  Polygraph 

There is no written or physical test for lateral hires.

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Lateral transfers will complete a paid five-week non-militaristic, classroom, and hands-on learning WSP trooper equivalency course followed by a four-week field training course with a senior WSP commissioned officer.

Out-of-state peace officers must complete an additional two-week Washington state equivalency course provided by the WSP to obtain a Washington state peace officer certification.

During the training, lateral hires will have the option to travel home at the end of each day or stay at the academy with no cost to them.



To apply, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/4543152/washington-state-patrol-lateral-trooper.

For more information and to contact a recruiter, visit https://www.wsp.wa.gov/lateral-class/.



Tracy Moore




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Salary87,696.00 - 115,332.00 Annual
Highest Educational Degree Required
High school diploma or equivalent
Job Type
Lateral Transfer

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