911 Dispatch Position

University of Washington Police Department - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver



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University of Washington Police Department - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver

Last updated on March 29, 2024
PST Partner Agency since June 30, 2016

Vacancies: 2

Testing Deadline: April 30, 2024.

Important Information

This recruitment offers a sign-on bonus of up to $5,000 to eligible Police Dispatcher / Call Receivers joining UWPD!

Community Information

The University of Washington campus is a beautiful campus. It takes the commitment of our police force, security personnel and the involvement of the community to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University of Washington Police Department (“UWPD”) is committed to involving the community in solving crime problems through community policing practices and keeping the community educated as to safe practices to protect yourself and your property. This also requires a commitment from the community in helping us by taking responsibility in reporting crimes, suspicious activities, and practicing good and practical crime prevention techniques.

As an agency of the university community, UWPD provides law enforcement to the largest college and stadium in Washington State. We also provide security to visiting dignitaries and during demonstrations. The Police Department serves a vital role in the safety, security, and success of the University of Washington. Our purpose is to serve and protect the students, staff, faculty and all people and property within the jurisdiction of that community.

Police services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The University Police department has the exclusive responsibility to act upon law-enforcement matters and perform police functions for the main campus of the University of Washington, Seattle.

Department Information

The University of Washington Police Department is a team of full-time and part-time commissioned, civilian & volunteer personnel dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the University of Washington campus. We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior, and we conduct ourselves with P.R.I.D.E. in all we do.

Job Description

UWPD has an outstanding opportunity for a Police Dispatcher/Call Receiver to perform specialized and varied work in the Police Department Communications Center to include receiving and transmitting law enforcement and related public safety information. This position is responsible for answering department telephones including emergency 911 telephone calls, determining the nature of the caller’s business and dispatching police mobile units, or referring the call to the appropriate resource; prioritizing and routing emergency calls to fire, police and emergency medical services. There is often a high volume of calls, many of which involve accidents or crimes in progress.

The Communication Center is currently staffed by eight 911 dispatchers who report to a civilian supervisor. The dispatchers receive 911 calls, non-emergency calls, TTY calls (hearing impaired), intrusion/hold-up alarm calls, monitor fire alarms, and monitor several radio frequencies. After receiving a call, the dispatcher will determine the appropriate level of response and dispatch the personnel to the call.

Area Information

County: King
Population: 70,000+ daytime population; 30,000 night population
# of Staff: 9 positions committed to the Communications Center; approximately 70 in the department overall

Hiring Status

University of Washington Police Department - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver has 2 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is April 30, 2024.

Currently looking for two outstanding future dispatchers! Apply today at https://bit.ly/uwpddispatchjobs

Salary Information

This recruitment offers a sign-on bonus of up to $5,000 to eligible Police Dispatcher / Call Receivers joining UWPD!

$4,409 to $5,929/month, effective 7.1.2023

Benefit Information

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website by clicking the following link, University of Washington Employee Benefits

University of Washington Police Department - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver 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.

35 WPM; 90% Accuracy

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Not required.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills to include demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely speak English and understand English.
College Requirement No
Current Hiring Status We are hiring for multiple positions!
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur
Dispatch Typing Test 35 WPM; 90% Accuracy

Contact Information

University of Washington Police Department - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver

3939 15th AVE NE
Seattle, WA 98105 King County


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