Police Radio Dispatcher II - Lateral, Spokane, Washington

Created 11/21/2023
Reference 701003
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Washington
City Spokane
Salary $54,642.96 - $90,013.68 Annually

Do you have one year of continuous experience (full time or equivalent) as a Police Radio Dispatcher? Have you been employed in the last 18 months as a law enforcement radio dispatcher utilizing a Computer Aided Dispatch System? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!

The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion.

SPD offers a generous compensation package that includes a pension plan and annual pay increases!

Why choose the Spokane region:

Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.


  • Receives operational calls and messages by police radio, telephone and computer.
  • Provides requested information or transmits messages and information to mobile units
  • Dispatches additional police units on trouble calls, as directed.
  • Relays messages between mobile units, portable units and other City departments
  • Operates an electronic message recorder.
  • Maintains an operational log, monitors other City department radio frequencies, and takes indicated action in an emergency.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary reports, records and files.
  • Performs extensive operation at computer terminals.
  • Receives emergency calls, transferred through 911 operators.
  • Dispatches emergency personnel and equipment, in accordance with departmental policy or as directed.
  • Enters, updates and receives information, emergency and non-emergency, using the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) computer.
  • Assists in maintaining appropriate radio files
  • Maintains radio, telephone and computer contact with other agencies and public safety support organizations.
  • Assists in preparation and maintenance of records and reports.
  • Performs related work as required.


Combinations of education and experience that are equivalent to the following minimum qualifications are acceptable.

Open Entry Requirements:
(Open-entry applicants must meet all requirements when they apply.)
  • Experience : One year of continuous experience (full-time or equivalent hours) and employed within the last eighteen months, as a law enforcement radio dispatcher utilizing a Computer Aided Dispatch System.
Note: Within one year of appointment, employees in this classification must have the ability to type a minimum of 200 keystrokes (40 words) per minute.

Upon notification that you have passed through the minimum qualifications, you will receive a Personal History Packet to complete and submit. This documentation will be used to conduct a background investigation.

It is a MANDATORY MINIMUM REQUIREMENT to complete the Personal History Packet. If the Personal History Packet is NOT received in Civil Service by the deadline given, your application will not be considered.

NOTE: Candidates with any marijuana, cannabis or any controlled substance use in the last six months will not be considered.

Applicants are required to submit to a polygraph examination, fingerprint, and background investigation prior to appointment and obtain ACCESS II certification within the probationary period.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. The examination will consist of a training and experience evaluation (T&E) with scoring weight assigned as follows:
  • T&E: 100%

The T&E examination consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire. The questions may be viewed online under the tab marked "QUESTIONS"on the job announcement page. The T&E must be submitted online at the time of application. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online in order to be considered.
  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments to the application will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above," etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Changes or corrections to your responses cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted.
Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

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