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For entry-level candidates, the testing process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months (quicker for lateral-entry applicants) depending on several factors (e.g., applicant availability, testing and interview schedules, and available vacancies). We are currently hiring as vacancies occur. We suggest you apply now via Public Safety Testing (PST)Please note that PST scores are valid for 1 year. 


Lateral-entry candidates can expect the testing and background process to take anywhere from 2 to 4 months on average. Apply directly through King County Civil Service at The King County Sheriff’s Office does not require lateral-entry candidates to apply or test through Public Safety Testing.

If you have not heard from King County Civil Service within 7-10 business days of testing with PST (entry-level) or submitting your application (lateral-entry) please reach out to King County Civil Service directly at 206-263-1885  or the King County Sheriff’s Office HR Department at (206) 263-2664.

Hiring process and deputy information sessions

To find out about our hiring process and what you need to do to prepare for it, we encourage you to attend a Deputy Information Session (DIS).  The session is a great opportunity to learn about the entire deputy testing and hiring process.  DIS workshops are informal, and free to attend.  Bring nothing but note-taking materials, if you wish. 



Our Department Recruiter will hold his next Deputy Information Session via ZOOM on Wednesday July 1st, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Prior to the session you need to email our recruiter at to reserve a spot and receive a link to the session.


When future in-person sessions are able to take place again, they will be held at one of the two locations listed below: 

Washington State Criminal Justice Center (WSCJTC)  (Also known as the Academy.....)
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA  98148

Directions to WSCJTC: 
From North or Southbound I-5:

Take SR 518 West to 1st Avenue South

Turn Left onto SW190th Street

The Academy will be on the left (19010 1st Avenue South) 

Burien Precinct 
14905 - 6th Avenue SW
Burien, WA  98148 

Email our recruiter at: to find out more information about the DIS and let him know which session you'd like to attend, or contact him at 206-263-KCSO (206-263-5276).     


If you can't attend a DIS in person, you can view a copy of the presentation which is packed with information by clicking the following button:




Click below to find out about KCSO's hiring process

    We have a commissioned staff of more than 740 and are among the largest sheriff’s departments in the country. Our deputies have opportunities to serve in many different communities, including unincorporated King County, numerous city police departments, and two transit police agencies, among others.

    We offer countless unique assignments that range from school or community-based positions to drug enforcement and bomb disposal. Some deputies stay in a specialized career assignment, while others move between assignment types as they advance or expand their expertise. Regardless of your assignment, you’ll serve the citizens of local communities and work with them and your peers to solve crime problems. Applying to become a KCSO deputy sheriff is your first step towards an exciting and rewarding law enforcement career serving your community.

    The King County Sheriff's Office actively recruits qualified entry-level and lateral-entry (previous experience) applicants throughout the year.  We are hiring as vacancies occur.  Applying and testing now is encouraged in order to be eligible for an oral board interview.

    We strive to recruit candidates who represent the diversity of the communities we serve. We welcome men and women of every culture and ethnic background, and believe that the internal environment of the KCSO supports and respects the differences that exist between us. If you can embrace our mission, vision, goals and core values, then we are interested in you.

    If you don't have experience as a commissioned officer, you should apply as an entry-level deputy. Lateral-entry deputies must have one or more years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer post-probation. Our wage package allows for advanced step wage placement, using a sliding scale based on your experience, training and education.

    Asking yourself "Do I have what it takes?"  Here are a few qualifications and disqualifiers you can quickly check out. These qualifications are absolute musts. Note that there are some additional qualifications for lateral entry applicants. You can also use the self-screening tool to see if you are the candidate we are looking for.
    To learn more, we invite you to attend a free Deputy Information Session (DIS workshop). The workshop is led by our recruiter, who will provide you with a complete overview of what to expect during the testing and hiring process. Our recruiter is an experienced deputy who will also give you an idea of what the job is really like and how to reach your goal.  Workshop dates are listed on this page.