The Everett Police Department uses the following guidelines when reviewing applicants for potential employment:

Automatic Disqualifiers


  • No use or possession of marijuana within 12 months of application. (Marijuana cannot be regarded as legal until federal law regards it as legal.)
  • No use of non-prescribed Adderall within the last year.
  • Any injection of any non-prescribed drugs regardless of timeframe (except Anabolic steroids, see Schedule III drug standards).
  • Any possession or recreational use of any non-prescribed Schedule I -V drug (except for Marijuana or Adderall) within the past three (3) years. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule I and II drugs.
    • Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) – Examples could include: Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, mushrooms (Psilocybin).
    • Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) – Examples could include: Opium, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.
    • Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) – Examples could include: Stimulants, Depressants, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.
    • Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) – Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam, Fludiazepam, Halazepam, Lorazepam, Phenobarbital, etc.
    • Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212)
  • Any illegal use of drugs after submitting an application with any law enforcement agency.
  • Any illegal use of drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency.
  • Any pattern of prescription drug abuse within the past five (5) years.
  • Any intentional inhalation (huffing) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc.) in the past three (3) years.


  • You have been convicted of DUI within the past five years.
  • You have two or more DUI convictions. (A diversion or similar action is the same as a conviction.)
  • You have been convicted of any felony charges—traffic or criminal.
  • You have been convicted of any crime involving false swearing.
  • You have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services.
  • You do not successfully pass a Department polygraph.
  • You have been convicted of a domestic violence related crime.
  • You are barred from legally possessing a firearm.
  • You have engaged in any illegal sexual activity equivalent to a felony level crime. (e.g., rape, child molestation, indecent liberties, child pornography).


  • You are unable to pass the Everett Police Dept. Physical Fitness Test.
  • You are unable to comply with the Everett Police Dept. Grooming/Appearance policy.
    • Tattoos must be appropriate for the workplace and approved by the Chief of Police.
    • Body art, intentional scarring, mutilation, dental ornamentation, eye tattooing, etc. are likewise prohibited unless they can be concealed.

Potential Disqualifiers

  • Any participation in the manufacture, selling, offering to sell, distribution or transportation for sale of any illegal drugs/narcotics, regardless of the timeframe.
  • The use of CBD oil, or similar products that contain THC, marijuana derivatives, byproducts or concentrates, within 12 months of application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must cease the use of such products and pass a drug screen prior to receiving a final offer of employment.
  • Marijuana use within the past three (3) years will be evaluated for disqualification.
  • Your traffic history shows a continuing and/or recent pattern of poor decision making.
  • Your financial affairs or personal life shows a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems (e.g., nonpayment of child support, ignoring overdue bills, etc.).
  • You have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring any laws (e.g., not paying taxes, using a false address for school tuition purposes, etc.).
  • Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline, or discharge.
  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty, integrity, or character.
  • Illegal activity equivalent to a misdemeanor level crime will be evaluated for disqualification.

Applicants are also cautioned that government clearances or success in other police agency selection processes are no guarantee of success in our process. This list is not all-inclusive and is intended only as a general guideline.