Laterals are offered alot of incentives to include not having to take the PST in some agencies and starting out above entry level step if officers are interested. I got a pay/health insurance boost coming out here.
The West Side of WA is still actively hiring at a lot of agencies, laterals are especially sought after right now as there seems to be a backlog getting entry level recruits through the basic academy. Some places are even throwing signing bonuses of up to $16k at laterals. Out of state laterals have to pass an easy two-week Equivalency Academy in Burien to get WA certification.