Everett Police offering hiring bonuses up to $30K to attract new officers

EVERETT, Wash. — A series of expanded recruitment incentives for the Everett Police Department was announced Wednesday after a higher-than-average number of officers left the department this year.

To help the department meet its goal of hiring at least 25 police officers in 2022, the Everett City Council has approved increased hiring incentives from $15,000 up to $30,000, depending on applicants’ experience.

“The Everett Police Department is a great place to work,” said Chief Dan Templeman in a statement. “I am pleased to see the city administration and city council’s support of public safety in Everett and their commitment to making Everett PD the agency of choice for new officers or experienced officers looking to make a change.”

The department recently tripled its team of full-time background investigators who will focus on expediting the background check process for eligible applicants amid an increase in applications.

Newly-hired Everett officers typically start out in patrol and after their first year, become eligible to join specialized units including SWAT, Traffic Safety, Anti-Crime and others.

A total of 14 officers and five non-commissioned staff members joined the department in 2020.