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  • Officer Ryan Stone

    Officer Ryan Stone

    Growing up in a military and law-enforcement family, it was always my dream to become a police officer and serve my country. I joined the Army as a high school junior. After graduation, I was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade, as a Calvary Scout. I spent 13 years in the military participating in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. I currently serve as a Section Sergeant in a Scout Platoon in the Washington Army National Guard while working for the Seattle Police Department.

    For me, the transition from the military to the Seattle Police Department was seamless. There are many similarities, including camaraderie, goals, and core values. I also found the training and experience I received in the Army to be tremendously beneficial in helping me to become a successful police officer. I feel truly blessed to be part of such a professional agency dedicated to serving the Seattle community with pride and distinction.

  • Officer Jamison Maehler

    Officer Jamison Maehler

    I was raised in a law-enforcement oriented family and my parents always preached to me the values of integrity, selfless service and honor. I knew from a very young age I wanted to serve in some capacity and when I was afforded the opportunity to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point I jumped at the chance. I graduated from West Point in 2009 and joined the ranks of the 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis. I was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and served in various leadership roles from Mortar Platoon Leader and Battery Fire Support Officer to a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. I spent five and a half years on active duty and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I enjoyed my time in the Army and the training and experience it taught me is immeasurable.

    I wanted a new challenge and to continue to serve and apply the skill set I learned to a new community. I researched numerous departments and none of them came close to the competency, transparency and dedication that Seattle Police Department displays on a daily basis. With the Seattle Police Department I found a job that afforded me the opportunity to work autonomously without sacrificing critical components such as camaraderie and selfless service. I am truly honored to be a member of this law enforcement family that continues to strive for excellence in every facet of the profession.

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From the Military to the Workforce

Seattle Police Department recruits At the Seattle Police Department, we share the military values of service, discipline, integrity, commitment and dedication. The ability to work in teams, capacity to adapt to challenging tasks and responsibilities, attention to detail and the drive to succeed make transitioning service members and military veterans ideal for our city.

For applicants that are just beginning their law enforcement career, the department offers excellent pay and benefits during all training and academy certification. Seattle is also an exceptional place for lateral transfers with salary incentives for officers that have attended a certified state police academy and have more than 24 months of qualifying experience.

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The City of Seattle

Seattle is one of the largest and most culturally diverse cities in Washington State. It is 143 square miles and surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountains and water with easy access to outdoor recreation. With 1,300 sworn positions and 600 civilian staff, the Seattle Police Department is large enough to provide growth, enrichment and experience with opportunities for a variety of special assignments. Learn More.

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