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911 Bureau of Emergency Communications

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Recruitment Process

 Emergency Communications Call Taker & Police Dispatcher Lateral Positions

 Recruitment Currently Closed 


You may apply online only during open recruitment periods.  For more information, visit the City of Portland job site.   

To qualify, all applicants must:

  •  Possess a high school diploma or equivalent 
  •  Be 18 years old at time of hire 

All applicants must submit:

  • Proof of net typing speed - 40 wpm (online typing test required)
  • Complete Application form (including proof of diploma or equivalent)
  • Complete Supplemental Questions  

Upon passing completed application form, supplemental questions, and typing speed, your name will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. 

 Candidates placed on the eligible list will be invited to a Pass/Fail CritiCall Test, a Pass/Fail Oral Interview and a Pass/Fail Background Investigation.  A conditional offer of employment is subject to the results of a background investigation, psychological assessment, a drug screen, and a vision/hearing test. 


Recruitment and Selection Activity Schedule


Recruitment Opens

October 2016

Recruitment Closes no later than 4:30pm on

October 24, 2016

Application Review

October 28, 2016

CritiCall Testing

November 14-18, 2016

Oral Interviews

1st Interview - November 30-December 2, 2016

2nd Interview - December 12-13, 2016 

Statement of Personal History Form Due

December 13, 2016

Begin Background Investigation

December 19, 2016

Complete Background Investigation

February 10, 2017

Psychological Assessment

February 27-March 2, 2017

If you are selected to participate in our training program, you will join a twelve-week Basic Academy starting March 27, 2017.  Click here for more information about our training program.

This position offers excellent pay (click to see Compensation Plan), as well as full benefits, such as individual/family medical, dental and vision coverage, sick and vacation leave.  For more information, visit the City's Benefits page.

To learn about hiring dates or for more information about getting a job at BOEC, call Vickie Rogers at (503) 823-4664.