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Mukilteo is a waterfront community situated on Puget Sound in southern Snohomish County between Everett and Lynnwood, and is about 25 miles north of Seattle. This scenic area has views of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Northern Cascade Mountains to the north and east. Mukilteo is the home to the historic 1906 Mukilteo Light Station, located within Lighthouse Park which offers an accessible beach, picnic area and boat launch. The city is also a regional transportation hub for the State Ferry System that connects Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island.
Today, the city’s population is the seventh largest in Snohomish County and has grown to 20,440 (April 2013) and its diverse, multi-cultural residents continue to share a great sense of pride, history and tradition of community involvement. Mukilteo amenities include quaint shopping areas, restaurants, financial institutions and several parks and open spaces for recreational opportunities. The city is also a neighbor to the Boeing Company, Paine Field Regional Airport and other major employers along a technology corridor that reaches from northern King County through Mukilteo.
About the Mukilteo Police Department
The Mukilteo Police Department consists of 35 employees which include 28 commissioned officers, an animal control officer and two limited commissioned Park Rangers. The department is also supported by 4 non-sworn staff. We take great pride in the quality of our personnel and the services we provide, which include: patrol, traffic enforcement, investigations, crime prevention, animal control, a park ranger program, administrative services and a robust volunteer program.
The nature of police work involves the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention and investigation of crimes, and the ability to exercise independent discretion. A police officer must possess intelligence and integrity and stand up to rigorous personal, ethical, moral and physical challenges. While providing service to the community, the greatest rewards of the profession are self-esteem, pride and the opportunity to utilize individual talents and skills.
Entry level applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Age 21 at the time of examination
- United States citizen
- Read and speak the English language
- High school graduate or equivalent
- Washington State driver’s license or ability to obtain one free of suspensions or revocations
- No felony convictions
- Ability to pass a series of qualifying pre-employment examinations
Lateral Entry Applicants:
Applications from experienced police officers are encouraged and accepted on a continuous basis. In addition to meeting the above requirements, all lateral entry applicants must be
- Currently employed with a civilian law enforcement agency with 2 years of continuous full time service
- Applicants must also have successfully completed a basic police training academy or ability to pass an equivalency exam
General Testing Includes:
- Written and physical tests via Public Safety Testing
- Oral board interview
- Police Chief’s interview
- Background investigation
- Polygraph examination
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical exam/drug screening
What to Expect After Graduating the Basic Law Enforcement Academy:
A police officer’s career begins at the academy where training is provided for 5 months (720 hours), 8 hours every day, except weekends and holidays. Commissioned academy graduates are assigned to Patrol under the guidance of a Field Training Officer who will instruct you in the practical application of your academy training. Lateral police officers are assigned directly to Patrol with a Field Training Officer to provide orientation and training. All officers serve a one-year period of probation where job performance is formally evaluated by a supervisor.