Lakewood Police Jobs

The Lakewood Police Department offers an opportunity to give back to your community. Use this page to learn how to apply for a job or volunteer at the Police Department.

Apply for a Job

Join our team to help make a difference in our community.

General Benefits:

  • 2019 (contract salary): $5,688-$7,481
  • Take-home vehicle
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • Social Security replacement (401A)
  • LEOFF 2 retirement plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • 209-329 hours of combination leave
  • 10 days holiday leave
  • Matching 457 deferred compensation plan

To learn more about available positions, visit current job listings.

For more information, contact Officer Mike Wiley at: 253-803-5039
To email City Employees combine the first letter of their first name with their full last name and add

The Lakewood Police Department operates under the Civil Service Rules as required by law.

Become a Reserve Officer

Reserve Police Officers are a voluntary position that joins community and Police services. Participants get to give back to their community while gaining experience in law enforcement. This program is perfect for individuals interested in law-enforcement careers or community service.

How it works:
Participants must first complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training. Once this is complete, reserve officers work side-by-side with patrol officers. They are assigned to a Police Training Officer on a probationary basis. After the probation period is over, reserve officers may perform as solo officers.

After gaining experience, reserve officers may apply to work in specified areas. These include the Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Assault Section, School Support, Traffic, or Marine Patrol. Reserve officers must attend all mandatory training and work at least 20 hours per month.

How to apply:
If you are interested in being a reserve officer, please contact Officer Noah Dier via email. To email City Employees combine the first letter of their first name with their full last name and add

You may also submit an application online here: Lakewood Job Postings. Once a position opens it will be posted. All applications will be kept on file in anticipation of future Reserve Police Officer openings.


  • US Citizen
  • 21 years of age at the time of hire
  • High School graduate
  • No felony convictions as an adult
  • Valid WA driver’s license
  • No drug use after age 25 AND not within the past 5 years (3 years for marijuana)
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation
  • Cannot be active duty military

Selection Process

The recruitment, selection, and hiring process is comprehensive.

Candidates are required to pass:

  • Written test
  • Physical fitness test
  • Oral board
  • Medical and psychological examination
  • Polygraph and/or computer voice stress analysis (CVSA) exam

Entry-level reserve officer recruits must first complete the 249-hour Reserve Officer Academy. The selection process for Lateral Reserve Officer applicants is the same as entry-level applicants with the exception of the written exam.

Background Investigation

This is a crucial step to ensure we hire people of the highest character and integrity. The investigation may consist of, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Completion and submission of personal history questionnaire paperwork
  • Criminal history and driver’s records checks
  • Credit report check
  • Interviews with personal and professional references
  • Interviews and records checked with current and past employers
  • Interviews with applicant’s spouse or significant other
  • Neighborhood checks and home visit/interview
  • Polygraph examination and report
  • Medical physical examination and report

Join the Lakewood Explorers

The Lakewood Police Explorers is a group of young people from Lakewood who volunteer at the Police Department. The Explorer program is a rewarding and productive activity for Lakewood youth between the ages of 15 and 21. Participants have the opportunity to take an active role in their community and gain on-the-job experience. The Explorers program is a great opportunity for those interested in having a law-enforcement career.

Explorer duties include a wide range of hands-on experiences, including:

  • Traffic stops
  • High-risk traffic stops
  • Field interviews
  • Domestic violence
  • Building searches
  • SWAT operations

For more information, contact the Lakewood Police Department at (253) 830-5000.