Information for Candidates
Your career in Public Safety
Do something that matters.
You’re here because you want to contribute to society in a meaningful way, alongside colleagues who share similar values. Public safety is one of the most rewarding career tracks you could choose.
The first thing you’ll want to do is set up an account for yourself where you can manage your testing and application process. You’ll also want to begin thinking about your Personal History Statement (PHS), one of the critical elements of your application.
We’ve provided an extensive list of agencies and the open positions they’re hiring for. And we encourage you to explore all of the insider information, study guides and practice tests designed to help ensure your success.
Make a difference
Think of public safety as “an industry” where every sector provides opportunities to make a positive impact on the world – especially at the local level. In collaboration with like-minded colleagues, you’ll have direct influence on operational strength and integrity, as well as community safety.
Personal & professional growth
An attitude of openness to continuous learning and feedback are essential to your success. The theories and practices in play across all public safety sectors are being tested in real time every day. The roles and expectations for both individuals and institution are being challenged, reevaluated, and improved. It’s an exciting era of innovation and unlimited opportunity.
A rewarding career
None of us are here to get rich quick, but a public safety career offers compensation and benefits packages that are among the most competitive of any industry. More importantly, with so many tracks to pursue, there’s no such thing as a dead-end job. Within any department, the opportunities for upward advancement, lateral movement, special assignments, and the like, are nearly endless.
Tools and Resources
Click on any of the links below to go directly to the pages you need to accomplish your tasks.
What candidates are saying...
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TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 4, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 4, 2020. The previous date was April 30th, but with recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the May 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.). If you are currently registered for an exam before May 5, we suggest that you reschedule your test to this May 15 event as well.
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
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PST staff are working remotely and are available by email at email@example.com. We anticipate a high email volume and will respond as quickly as possible.