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Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist

  • Contact Information

    Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist
    8701 160th Avenue NE
    Redmond, Washington 98052
    Phone: 425-556-2530
    Department Website

Agency Added: 06/12/2012 | Last updated: 01/04/2019

Community Information

The City of Redmond, situated on Lake Sammamish, is a progressive suburban community located just to the east of Lake Washington, within minutes of Seattle. With approximately 57,000 residents and the home of many large corporations, which causes our daytime population to be in excess of 110,000. The City of Redmond currently encompasses approximately 17 square miles and has a balance of residential, commercial and park areas.

The City prides itself for its high quality of life with good schools and healthy economic base. While maintaining a focus on quality living, the City of Redmond has also experienced consistent, exciting growth of both residential area and business entities. Technology is central to the business population as well as both local and chain businesses. Dubbed “The Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest”, Redmond is home to the Velodrome and Redmond Bike Derby, the nation’s oldest bicycle road race. Recreational opportunities are abundant with various outdoor activities, such as skiing, biking, hiking and water sports, all within an hour drive.

Department Information

The Redmond Dispatch Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year (366 on leap year!). The two primary functions of the dispatch center are:

Answering 911 calls.

Dispatchers interview callers to ascertain the nature and location of events that may need medical, fire, and/or police response. They determine the priority of current activity and assign the appropriate resources using a computerized dispatch and records system.

Providing in-depth service for police and support officers, explorers, and volunteers.

Dispatchers assign and track every person's location and activity and maintains contact with them to assure safety. They assist units in the field by checking names, vehicles, articles, weapons, and property through several local, national, and international data systems. They confirm warrants and court orders for RPD and several other agencies.

Area Information

  • County: King
  • Population Size: 55,150

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident No, however, must have a valid license and authorization to work in the U.S. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
Other Work Shifts: Days, Swings & Graveyard. Rotating 10 hour shifts with start times staggered throughout the day to facilitate 24/7 coverage. Must be flexible to work all shifts and holidays based on organizational needs. Overtime may be assigned with little or no notice.

Candidates must be able to type 35 WPM with 90% Accuracy Rate.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic2 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
AutomaticReceived more than 2 moving traffic violations within the preceding 3 years.
Automatic1 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
PotentialAll illegal drug use will be scrutinized on a case by case basis.
AutomaticSold narcotics or dangerous drugs.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

Current Number of Vacancies: 1


Once you have your PST scores, you must apply via www.redmond.gov/jobs for the Entry Communication Dispatcher position.


This is a continuous recruitment and the City and PST applications will be screened as openings occur.  We are currently accepting names to add to our employment eligibility list. We intend to maintain an active eligibility list for this position.

Salary Information

$4,338 - $5,511 a month

Benefit Information

The City of Redmond offers two different medical plans to choose from. They offer an alternative to social security with the Municipal Employees Benefit Trust (MEBT), which is a 401K plan, with funds contributed by the employee and the City of Redmond. Employees become fully vested in the MEBT plan after 5 years of employment. The City of Redmond offers 12 paid holidays per years, and a beginning vacation accrual of 96 hours per year. The accrual rate increases with longevity to a maximum of 184 hours/year.

The City of Redmond provides a generous benefits package including: medical, dental and vision benefits; paid sick leave, vacation and holidays; retirement; and life insurance.