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    Effective April 15, 2022

Please review the following automatic disqualifiers. If you fall under one of these categories or believe you could, please call us at 206-263-6896 before submitting our application.

The King County Sheriff's Office may disqualify any candidate whose background includes the following:



  • As an adult, convicted of any felony drug crime
  • Any use of heroin or methamphetamines
  • Any possession or use of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) or any other “date rape” drug (includes, but not limited to; Ketamine or Rohypnol), including giving it to others
  • Any use of illegal drugs within three (3) years of application (other than juvenile or one-time experimentation). Illegal drugs include but are not limited to; cocaine, ecstasy, molly, MDMA (club drugs), spice, mushrooms, or Khat, or illegal use of prescription drugs (including steroids).
  • Illegal use of four (4) or more different controlled substances as an adult within the past ten (10) years
  • Any instance of manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs for the purpose of sale or distribution


  • Any adult felony convictions
  • Any adult misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving theft, violence, or crimes of dishonesty (including, but not limited to, perjury, forgery, impersonation, bribery, witness intimidation/tampering, or tampering with evidence)
  • All other misdemeanor convictions as an adult within the last three (3) years
  • Any conviction for a sex-related crime, including crimes involving a minor or individual with a disability, including pornography
  • Any instance of required registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status
  • Any other crime conviction of which disqualifies the candidate from the legal right to possess a firearm under state or federal law
  • Any conviction for animal cruelty as defined by RCW 16.52.205
  • Any conviction for a violation of a court No-Contact, Protection, or Harassment Order
  • Any candidate currently named as a Respondent in any No-Contact, Protection, or Harassment DV Order


  • Conviction of Driving/Physical Control Under the Influence within the last three (3) years
  • Conviction of Driving/Physical Control Under the Influence more than once will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • As an adult, conviction of Attempting to Elude, or Hit and Run
  • As an adult, conviction of Reckless or Negligent Driving 1st degree in the last three (3) years
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked, convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis


  • Any conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense


  • A dishonorable discharge