Entry Level
Lateral Officer
Salary & Benefits

(Experienced Police Officer)


  • U.S. citizen
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to read and speak the English language
  • No felony convictions
  • At least 20/40 vision (corrected or uncorrected)
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Washington Driver’s License

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two-year college degree
  • Two years full time law enforcement experience
  • Current CJTC commission or equivalent



Certain past actions can disqualify you from becoming a Fish and Wildlife Officer.

See disqualifiers >>

  • If you are a lateral officer who completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC), you do not have to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy or the Equivalency Academy.
  • If you are a lateral officer who has successfully completed a basic training program in another state, you will have to complete the CJTC Equivalency Academy. For this purpose, the term "basic training program" does not include any military or reserve training program or any federal training program not otherwise approved by the commission (click here for more information about the Equivalency Academy, and to view the CJTC Equivalency Reciprocity Summary).
  • All lateral officers are required to complete the In-House Training Academy at WDFW Police Headquarters in Olympia. This training academy spans four weeks and covers such topics as Commercial Fishing/Hunting, Species Identification, Boating Safety, Radio Communications, Dangerous Wildlife Control, Firearms and Taser, and much more!
  • If you have questions about whether you qualify as a lateral applicant, please contact our Recruitment and Hiring Division at 360.902.2346 or OfficerRecruitment@dfw.wa.gov.

Hiring Process



  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Pre-Employment Medical Exam with Drug Screening

After successful completion of both phases of the hiring process, the candidate will be assigned a duty station and given an initial start date for the In-House Training Academy.

Salary and Benefits
Lateral Candidate Study Guide

WDFW Police Officers

WDFW Police marine patrol

WDFW Police officer receives his commission from the Chief

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer.