As a regulatory law enforcement agency, all our employees are required to pass a background investigation, including a criminal records check. Gambling Special Agents are also required to pass a Law Enforcement Written Exam and a Physical Ability Test (PAT), as well as a post-offer polygraph, psychological, and medical examination.
The application and hiring process for Special Agents can take three to six months to complete.
Phase 1 Application
Special Agent – Law Enforcement
Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or equivalent required*
All applicants for Special Agent vacancies must apply through Public Safety Testing and Careers for any position(s) which they would like to be considered for. Your application must include a completed Personal History Statement (PHS), completion of the Law Enforcement Written Exam, and completion of the Physical Ability Test (PAT) if you do not have a current Basic Law Enforcement certification*.
The Law Enforcement Written Exam and the PAT are scheduled and conducted through Public Safety Testing. You may use the Public Safety Testing Calendar to schedule your Written Exam and Physical Ability Test.
Special Agent – Law Enforcement (Lateral)
BLEA or equivalent required*
Applicants with a current Basic Law Enforcement certification are not required to complete the PAT. Applicants with a current Basic Law Enforcement certification must complete the Law Enforcement Written Exam. WSGC internal candidates do not apply through PST.
You may use the Public Safety Testing Calendar to schedule your Law Enforcement Written Exam.
Agent in Charge (AIC)/ Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) – Law Enforcement
BLEA or equivalent required*
Applicants for AIC or SAS positions should apply through the Careers website and Public Safety Testing. AIC and SAS applicants who are required to attend BLEA will be required to complete a PAT. You may use the Public Safety Testing Calendar to schedule your Physical Ability Test. WSGC internal candidates do not apply through PST.
Special Agent – Non-Law Enforcement
BLEA or equivalency not required
Applicants for non-law enforcement positions who are not required to attend Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or equivalent as a condition of employment should apply through the Careers website and PST, complete the Personal History Statement and the Written Exam.
Phase 2 Panel Interview
If selected for an interview, you will attend a panel interview of three or more panelists which may include a skills test. Depending on the number of candidates, more than one interview may be required.
Phase 3 Background Investigation
Extensive background investigation which includes reference checks, credit check, and criminal history background check.
Phase 4 Polygraph, Psychological, and Medical Examination
Following a conditional offer of employment, applicants in this phase will go through a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and medical examination which includes a drug test.
*Basic Law Enforcement Academy Requirement
If you do not hold a current law enforcement certification you may be required to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. Prior experience and/or successful training as a fully commissioned peace oficer, limited jurisdiction law officer for the State of Washington, or Federal Law Enforcement training program mayh substitute for this requirement. For more informaiton, please contact the Human Resources Office at email@example.com.
The Washington State Gambling Commission vigorously pursues diversity in the workforce. We encourage women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans to apply. People with disabilities who need help with the application process may call the Human Resources Office at 360-486-3459 or 486-3614. If you need this application in an alternative format (such as Braille or audio) please call 360-486-3614 or 360-486-3637 (voice/TDD).