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911 Bureau of Emergency Communications

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Recruitment Process

 Emergency Communications Call Taker & Police Dispatcher Lateral Positions

Check back in June for new recruitment dates 


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 
  • Type minimum of 40 wpm.

All applicants must submit:

  • Complete Application form 
  • Complete Supplemental Questions  
  • Online Typing Test

Upon passing completed application form, supplemental questions, 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


Recruitment Closes no later than 4:30pm on


Application Review


CritiCall Testing


Oral Interviews

1st Interview -

2nd Interview -

Statement of Personal History Form Due


Begin Background Investigation


Complete Background Investigation


Psychological Assessment


If you are selected to participate in our training program, you will join our twelve-week Basic Academy starting August 28, 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.