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Port of Seattle Police Department - Dispatcher

  • Contact Information

    Port of Seattle Police Department - Dispatcher
    PO Box 68727

    Seattle, Washington 98168
    Phone: 206-787-7727
    Department Website

Agency Added: 03/19/2014 | Last updated: 07/18/2016

Community Information

The Port of Seattle is a municipal corporation created September 5, 1911, by the voters of King County. As a public enterprise with unique authority operating in an international, market-driven environment, the Port gives careful consideration to the economic, social, and environmental implications of its business decisions.

The Port of Seattle is divided into five divisions: Aviation, Corporate, Capital Development, Economic, and Maritime. There are several departments within the Port that support these divisions and the broad mission of the Port. The Aviation Division operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sea-Tac Airport is the 9th busiest passenger airport in the United States, serving more than 45 million passengers per year, and moving more than 366,000 metric tons of air cargo annually.

The Maritime Division operates the marine terminals and oversees related maintenance in conjunction with the Northwest Seaport Alliance. Harbor Services within Maritime provides services and facilities for fishing, commercial, and recreational boats at Fishermen's Terminal, Maritime Industrial Center, Harbor Island Marina, Shilshole Bay Marina, and Bell Harbor Marina. The Cruise Services team focuses on passenger cruise operations and facilities.

The Economic Division allows the Port to maintain its strong commitment to maritime commerce and air transportation, while focusing new energy on its role as an important driver for the regional economy.

Department Information

The Port of Seattle Police Communications Center is a multi-agency Primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) serving the Port of Seattle Police and Fire Departments. We answer 911 emergency calls and dispatch police officers and fire fighters for calls at SeaTac Airport and other Port of Seattle commercial properties such as the Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Port Police also patrols major portions of the Seattle waterfront and Elliott Bay. In addition, the Port of Seattle Police Communications Center is the primary PSAP for the City of Normandy Park Police Department and works with BNSF Police.

The Port of Seattle Police/Fire communications center was recently remodeled and operates a state of the art facility in a professional, modern work environment. Port of Seattle Communications personnel are provided with professional development opportunities and are encouraged to attend job related training, as well as industry conferences, and seminars. This helps communications center personnel to understand the best industry practices and emerging issues related to 911 and public safety communications work.

Lateral dispatch applicants and entry level applicants are encouraged to apply to the Port of Seattle. The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 31 million + passengers per year, general public, tenants & employees at Seattle - Tacoma International Airport
  • County: King

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Must be a US Citizen. X  
High School Grad/ GED A High school diploma or GED is required. X  
Driver's License Required A driver’s license is not required however you must have valid government issued ID. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Applicants with felony convictions will not be considered. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Must be able to fluently read, speak and write the English language. X  
Other Typing Speed: 40 WPM, 90% Accuracy

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores After testing    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
AutomaticDrug use beyond these standards will normally disqualify you for employment with the Port of Seattle Police Department.
“Use” is defined as: trying, testing, or experimenting, which includes, but is not limited to tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling.
  • No use of marijuana/hashish within the last one (1) year, regardless of age.
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) over five (5) times combined. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs.
  • No use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1 – 5 drugs (except for Marijuana/Hashish) in the last three (3) years. This standard applies to synthetic versions of Schedule 1-5 drugs.
  • No use of Hallucinogens, Opiates or Heroin within the last ten (10) years.
  • No injection of any non-prescribed drugs, regardless of time frame.
  • No trafficking, selling, offering to sell, or transporting for sale of any illegal drugs, regardless of time frame.
  • No drug use of any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs after submitting an application, while employed, or after having been employed by a law enforcement agency, (including military law enforcement), regardless of time frame.
  • No intentional inhalation (huffed) of any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc) in the last three (3) years.
  • AutomaticExamples of schedule I-V drugs include, but not limited to:
  • Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) - Examples could include: Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, Marijuana/Cannabis, etc.
  • 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, Hallucinogens, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc.
  • Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) - Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam,;Fludiazepam,Halazepam, Lorazepan, Phenobarbital, etc.
  • Current Hiring Status

    The Port of Seattle Police/ Fire 911 Center is hiring. We maintain an eligibility list on a continuous basis and as scores are received from Public Safety Testing, oral board interviews will be conducted approximately every quarter. Vacancies are filled by a Civil Service "rule of five" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for a pre-employment background investigation & final selection.

    Number of current vacancies: 1 or more

    Salary Information

    Effective 1/1/2015 + 2.1% + 1% COLA

    Tenure Since Date or Hire:
    After 60 months: $32.39
    After 36 months: $31.79
    After 30 months: $31.01
    After 18 months: $29.00
    After 6 months $27.12
    Starting rate: $25.31

    Benefit Information

    Click this link to view the collective bargaining agreement: http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Labor-Relations/Documents/cba_teamsters_117_010115-123117.pdf