Become a police dispatcher
Please read the following information and thoughtfully consider its contents. The process for eventual hire as a Dispatcher for the Spokane Police Department is involved and thorough.
The first step in the process is the completion of the Civil Service testing. Based on the score of that test, your name will be placed on a list from which the Police Department selects applicants for further processing. The steps in the process for possible hire are enclosed within this brochure.
At least 18 years of age
Citizen of the united States
High School graduate of GED certificate of equivalency
Valid drivers license
What to expect if you are selected for further processing”
Multi Tasking computer typing simulator program with pass/fail
Complete a four hour “sit along” in dispatch
Oral interview including written and audio simulation test
Drug screen/ hearing test
Classification # Range Salary Range
Dispatcher I 283 29 $17.13
Dispatcher II 284 38 $20.36
Dispatcher III 279 44 $22.39
Hourly Shift differentials/Standby/Longevity pay
Deferred compensation matching options to $120.00 mo
Employee premiums covered in full
Group Health, Family w/ spouse
City Plan III, Family w/spouse
Flexible Benefit plan, Long Term disability, Voluntary Long term care
Floating Holiday 40 hours per calendar year depending on hire date.
Vacation annual accrual can be used after six months of service.
Sick leave, and Longevity Pay
Eligibility exists for maternity/Education leave some instances leave may be granted for family matters
Retirement rule of 75 (age 50+) years of service = 75
All employees are covered by a city funded retirement plan. Matching contributions employee/employer at (7.75% pay) rate.
Reality in the work place: If you are unwilling to comply with any of the listed statements you may wish to reconsidder applying for this position
Assigned to work any shift including nights weekends and holidays.
Assigned to a given shift for several years before eligible for day shift.
You may have to work mandatory overtime as assigned to cover staff shortages.
You may be at your work station for long periods of time without breaks.
Training program is long and intensive and may last over a year.
Callers are often intoxicated using abusive or offensive language may be suicidal angry upset or afraid.
Your will be working in a fast paced stressful environment monitoring four computer screens while communicating over a police radio. Your transmissions will be monitored by citizens other agencies and including the media.
As an applicant you:
Will Not be considered if:
Falsified or left out significant information on your application.
Any illegal drug use possession sale distributed or transported drugs within the last three years.
Any felony conviction.
May Not be considered:
Your financial affairs or personal life show a history of poor judgment.