Bothell Police Department offers exceptional professional career opportunities for qualified men and women who are committed to making a difference in our community. We invite you to join our team of dedicated professionals in a work environment that values uncompromising integrity, courage, compassion, leadership, and creativity. Working for the Bothell Police Department will allow you to make a positive difference in the lives of others on a daily basis. You will be proud to join the “Blue” and represent the City of Bothell.

Please view our recruitment video.

Police Officers

A career as a Bothell Police Officer provides challenge, excitement, variety, teamwork and job satisfaction. There are opportunities for lateral movement and training for specialty assignments including:
  • ALERT Team (Riot Control)
  • Crime Analysis
  • Detectives
  • Field Training Officers
  • Firearms Instructors and Armorers
  • Hostage Negotiation Team and Training Instructors
  • Narcotic K-9 Officer
  • School Resource Officers
  • Special Response Team (SWAT
  • Traffic and Motors Officer
Patrol officers get a 3-day weekend every other week! Patrol officers work 14 12-hour shifts, either days or nights, within a 28 day cycle. Officers in other units have the flexibility in some case to work 4-10 hour shifts. Officers in all units are encouraged to think creatively and “outside the box.”

See detailed Entry Level and Lateral Level Police Officer positions descriptions for more information.

City of Bothell accepts Entry Level and Lateral Level Police Officer applications on a continuous basis.

To request a ride-a-long with a Bothell police officer, see information and application attached.

Communications Specialists

The citizens of Bothell benefit from an in-house 911 Emergency Communications Center. Communications Specialists are trained to serve as both call-takers for emergency and non-emergency incoming calls for service, and also as dispatchers for officer response to these calls. The Communications Specialists enjoy a close working relationship with officers and fellow employees within the department, as well as the citizens they serve.

For more information on Communication Specialist positions, see detailed Communication Specialists job description.

To request a time to observe Communication Specialists on duty, please contact Support Services Manager Micki Singer.

Records Specialists

First contacts for citizens visiting the Bothell Police Department are with our Records Specialists. These professional and dedicated individuals are responsible to provide front counter assistance to citizens, providing fingerprinting services, copies of incident and case reports and assisting in the application process to obtain CPL licenses. The Records Specialists also maintain police department case reports, criminal history record information and related records, and provide fingerprinting services.

For more information on Records Specialist positions, see detailed Records Specialist job description.

Support Positions

Police Support Officers have daily exposure to suspects as they transport these individuals to and from Court appearances on a daily basis, ensure population control in the various detention facilities we use and manage the department's in-house holding facility.

The Department’s Evidence and Property Room Officer ensures that evidence is held, provided as required by Court and disposed of in accordance with State law. Our Evidence and Property Room Officer has been recognized by State Audit officials as being consistently without errors during the annual audit, and has been mentioned by these same officials as a resource for other evidence rooms in the State.

There are several administrative positions throughout the department including Administrative Assistants and Coordinators that support Patrol and Special Operations Divisions, the Investigations Division and the Chief’s Office.


To receive notices about opportunities for employment in the Bothell Police Department, please complete a job interest card.

For more information on current openings and application instructions or forms, as well as compensation and benefits, please see the Human Resources Job Opportunities page.