Washington police agencies resort to bonuses, social media to find officers amid staffing shortages

The city of Seattle is the latest municipality to equip its police department with hiring bonuses to attract experienced officers from other agencies.

SEATTLE — New incentive bonuses of up to $25,000 are on the table for new or experienced police officers hired by the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the Emergency Civil Order on Friday to address the ongoing officer shortage crisis.

Because several agencies in Washington state offer a hiring bonus for experienced or “lateral” officers to come on board, the Seattle Police Department has not been able to compete, according to Sgt. Randy Huserik.


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