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Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist
Last updated on September 28, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
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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.
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.
# of Staff: 781
Current Number of Vacancies: 2
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.
$35.09 - $42.69 Hourly
$6,083.00 - $7,400.00 Monthly
$72,996.00 - $88,800.00 Annually
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.
Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
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.
35 WPM; 90% Accuracy
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||No, however, must have a valid license and authorization to work in the U.S.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Yes|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||None.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Correctable to 20/20|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist 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.
Redmond Police Department - Emergency Communications Specialist
Redmond, WA 98052 King County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
Typing Test: Yes, required
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