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Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Dispatcher

  • Contact Information

    Yakima County Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Dispatcher
    1822 S. 1st Street
    Yakima, Washington 98903
    Phone: 509-574-2603
    Department Website

Agency Added: 12/08/2015 | Last updated: 09/05/2018

Community Information

Yakima County covers 4,296 square miles and is the second largest land area and 7th largest populated area in Washington State. The population is 247,004 (2013), with the largest city and County Seat being the City of Yakima.

There are over 14 cities and towns located throughout the County. The Yakima River flows through the middle of the County which is bordered by mountains and the Columbia River.

Yakima County business continues to grow yearly. Agriculture ranks as the largest industry in the County with a high production of apples, mint, pears and hops. Additional agricultural products include peaches, apricots, cherries, beef/dairy, wheat and award winning wines. Yakima County offers many post education opportunities. Yakima Valley Community College, Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University, Pacific Northwest Medical University and many extension programs top the list of extending education opportunities.

Yakima County offers a wide variety of recreational activities. With the local weather offering four seasons, there are always plenty of activities available. There are numerous hiking and biking paths throughout the mountains and cities. Fishing, camping, boating, backpacking and skiing are just a few favorites of the citizens and visitors. For additional information about the area visit Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce at www.yakima.org.

Department Information

Essential Job Functions for Law Enforcement Dispatcher:

     Operates a two‑way radio with multiple frequencies, dispatching law enforcement officers from multiple agencies to requests for assistance; remains current on the location and status of law enforcement personnel within Yakima County; simultaneously monitors a computer terminal, telephone callers and units in the field. 


     Maintains an accurate computer entry log of all calls received and transmissions made on the radio.  Receives incoming calls and complaints from the public and obtains address of complainant and determines the nature of urgency of the problem.  Teletypes information to the Crime Information Center in Olympia and out of State.


     Monitors transmissions of five radio frequencies, intercom and scanners, keeping abreast of the police activities of other agencies.


     Gathers pertinent information and enters case reports and their dispositions into the computer.


     In emergency situations, where units of more than one county department or units from other jurisdictions are involved, serves as coordinator and dispatches needed manpower and/or equipment.


Other Job Functions

     Performs other job related duties as required.


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

     Work is performed indoors and includes long periods in a seated position in a secured office; walking, stooping, kneeling, standing and light lifting.


     There is limited opportunity for physical movement; lunch and rest periods may vary when the number of calls is greater than anticipated; lunch and rest periods must be taken within the Communication Center as the workload permits.


     Mental stress may occur from the nature and urgency of the services provided.


Equipment Operated

     Telephone, two-way radio, scanner, intercom, tape recorder, TDD Machine for the hearing impaired, radio console, computer terminal, alarms, Mobile Command Post.

Minimum Qualifications:

     Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Knowledge of office and clerical practices and procedures; Ability to learn governmental organization and the operation of the criminal justice system; geographical area of Yakima County; operate a complicated two‑way radio under stress, with accuracy in a calm and efficient manner; conduct telephone interviews to obtain specific information; learn, retain and apply laws, rules, procedures and regulations; prioritize incoming and outgoing information and calls; communicate effectively and speak clearly and concisely; maintain accurate computer entry logs and reports; ability to type (keyboard) at a minimum of 30 net words per minute; ability to read, write and speak the English language.





The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has been serving the people of Yakima County since 1863. Our main office is located in the City of Yakima, with Precinct Offices in Terrace Heights and Zillah.

The mission of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is to enhance Public Safety with integrity and professionalism.

Our VISION is a safe and enjoyable Yakima County.

Our primary VALUES to achieve our Mission and Vision are: INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM and PARTNERSHIPS. Some additional key values are ACCOUNTABILITY to the public and to each other, APPROACHABILITY to the public that we serve and a commitment to work with a positive ATTITUDE.

We are a full service agency with a variety of duties and assignments. YSO currently has 61 Commissioned Deputies, 2 Animal Control Officers, 15 Reserve Deputies, 6 Department of Security Officers, 12 Dispatchers and 12 Non-Commissioned Personnel. Our dispatchers work 12 hour and 8 hour rotating shifts. We dispatch for 7 local law enforcement agencies along with YSO’s Upper and Lower Valley patrol units. YSO also provides contract law enforcement for the cities of Harrah and Naches.

Area Information

  • County: Yakima County
  • Population: 247,004
  • # of staff: 85.75

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes, with proof of citizenship. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None 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 have a good command of reading and writing the English language X  
Vision Requirements Must have not less than 20/100 in each eye without correction and corrected 20/20 vision in the better eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. X  
College Requirement No    
Prior Experience Requirement A minimum of one year of clerical experience, prefer some experience as a dispatcher. X  
Other This agency allows out of state testing.

Candidates must be able to type 30 WPM with 90% Accuracy Rate.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
PotentialApplicants traffic history, including misdemeanors, suspensions, DUI’s, etc. will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
AutomaticAll felony traffic convictions (vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, etc. Will be an automatic disqualifier.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction 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.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 2

Salary Information

As of April 2016 Increment 1 salary is $3,306 monthly to Increment 14 salary is $4,379 monthly. We also provide Bi-Lingual English/Spanish premium pay.

Benefit Information

The County contributes up to $800 per month toward medical/dental/vision/life insurance depending upon plan selection. A flexible spending account plan option is available to cover out of pocket medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. You can bank up to 320 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO).
The County recognizes 10 holidays per year.
An employee-paid long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance plan and long term care policy is available.
The County participates in the State’s Public Employers Retirement System (PERS).
County employees can contribute to tax deferred plans to enhance their retirement and decrease their current taxable income.
An employee-paid voluntary term life insurance policy is also available.