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Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher



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Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher

Last updated on June 30, 2023
PST Partner Agency since September 20, 2012

Vacancies: 5

Important Information

There is a Minimum Typing Speed of 40 WPM with a 80% accuracy rate for test scores to be released to Port Angeles PD Dispatcher, however, a typing speed of 45 WPM will be required 90 days after hire.

Community Information

Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and the county seat of Clallam County. The community adjoins Olympic National Park where multiple outdoor recreational activities abound. The community has a variety of educational facilities that include a public school system, private and parochial schools, and Peninsula Community College. Port Angeles is a two and one-half hour drive from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area and a 90 minute ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia. The community is located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and features a large natural harbor. The current population of Port Angeles is approx 19,256. The City is noted for excellent quality of life.

Department Information

The Port Angeles Police Department is a progressive, State-accredited, community policing oriented, professional agency currently consisting of 33 commissioned employees, and a civilian contingent of 27 who are primarily responsible for police records and the PENCOM 911 Communications Center. The Department has an assigned school resources officer in addition to other staffing including a downtown officer, Drug Task Force officer, two K-9 officers and a detective division.

PENCOM currently has multiple Communications Officer/Dispatcher vacancies.

Area Information

County: Clallam
Population: 19,256
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher has 5 vacancies.

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 per Civil Service rules.

Number of Current Vacancies: 4

Salary Information

$3724 - $4988 month plus excellent benefits. 

Union contract expires December 2020

Benefit Information

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee and dependents, longevity, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, PERS retirement and access to deferred compensation. Employee shares 11.5% of the medical premium.

Longevity benefit -

5-9 years = $400
10-14 years = $800
15-19 years = $1200
20+ years = $1600

Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Typing Test Yes, required

The typing test is a critical component of your written test score and you are required to complete the online typing test within 90 days (before or after) your written exam. You will be allowed four (4) attempts at the typing test every seven (7) days and are responsible for selecting the score that you want PST to forward to the agencies you have applied with.

40 WPM; 80% Accuracy

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United States
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://www.cityofpa.us/humanresourcesOpen.htm
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://www.cityofpa.us/humanresourcesOpen.htm
Other Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://wa-portangeles.civicplus.com/jobs.aspx

Applicant must live within 30 minutes of the dispatch center.

Minimum Typing Speed of 45 WPM required.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant
Dispatch Typing Test 40 WPM; 80% Accuracy

Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Automatic Been involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "nolo contendere".
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Used (tried) illegally any narcotic or dangerous drugs by injection.
Automatic Used illegally, for any purpose, marijuana within the past 2 years.
Automatic Used illegally any other dangerous drugs or narcotics (marijuana included) other than for experimentation within the past 7 years. The use of an illegal drug is presumed to be not for experimentation by the Port Angeles Police Department if: The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 10 times or exceeds 5 times in the past 7 years. The use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, exceeds a total of 2 times in the past 7 years.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
Automatic Been convicted of stalking or unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been convicted of a felony (or pled nolo contendere to a felony charge), or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State, or has been incarcerated after conviction for any crime.
Automatic Been previously employed as a law enforcement employee and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
Automatic Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher

321 E 5th ST.
Port Angeles, WA 98362 Clallam County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
Typing Test: Yes, required

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