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Recruitment Process

Recruitment opens October 23, 2017 **Updated* 

Emergency Communications Police Dispatcher Trainee and Lateral Police Dispatcher 


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 
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old at time of hire
  • Pass an online typing test

All applicants must submit:

  • Complete Application form 
  • Complete Supplemental Questions  

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

October 23, 2017

Recruitment Closes no later than 4:30pm on

November 6, 2017

Application Review

November 7, 2017

CritiCall Testing

November 16-20, 2017

Oral Interviews

1st Interview - December 11-14, 2017

2nd Interview - January 3-4, 2018

Statement of Personal History Form Due

 January 3, 2018

Begin Background Investigation

 January 3, 2018

Complete Background Investigation

 February 28, 2018

Psychological Assessment

 March 12-15, 2018

If you are selected to participate in our training program, you will join our twelve-week Basic Academy starting April 9, 2018.  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.