ASTORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
555 30TH STREET
ASTORIA, OREGON 97103
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Updated: May 18, 2020
Job Classification: Communications Operator
The Astoria Police Department is seeking to establish an eligibility list for the position of Communications Operator, with two (2) current vacancies! All candidates must complete the department application, located here, as well as submit Ecomm National test scores through National Testing Network.
NTN suggests completing the application and dispatch exam as soon as possible so there is not a delay in your process.
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Salary Information: $21.68-26.35 per hour
Benefits Information: Health, Vision, Dental, HSA, PERS, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay
Candidate Contact: Ashley HoustonHR Assistant503email@example.com
Astoria Dispatch is one of two Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP's) in Clatsop County. The second PSAP is located in the City of Seaside within the Seaside Police Department. Clatsop County has a land area of 827 sq. miles with a water area of 257 sq. miles. The full-time resident population in the County is 36,798 (59% urban, 41% rural). Though the full-time resident population seems low, year-round tourism can bring the population total to over 100,000.
Astoria Dispatch answers roughly 80,000 calls a year, of which approximately 13,000 are 9-1-1. From these calls Astoria Dispatch creates approximately 45,000 calls for service in the Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system. Another 10,000 calls are received for service by other agencies such as Oregon State Police and the Coast Guard who do not subscribe to Astoria Dispatch.
Position Overview: An employee in this class is responsible for performing quick, efficient, and accurate dispatching of calls and messages with public safety units and personnel in the field. For this and other duties, standard operating procedures are provided and extraordinary situations may be referred to the duty Sergeant. Supervision is not normally a responsibility of positions in this classification although direction may be provided to junior or temporary operators. Work is performed under the supervision of the Operations Supervisor. Performance is monitored by the Operations Supervisor through observation, periodic monitoring and the review of activity records. The training period for this position typically lasts 6-8 months. During this time, you will be required to attend 3 weeks of training in Salem at the Department of Public Standards training academy in addition to a 3 day Emergency Medical Dispatch course. There is a one year probationary period.
Area Information: Come live, work and play in an area rich with history, heritage and natural resources. Located about 90 miles west of Portland, the City of Astoria was founded in 1811 and is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Anchored where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, the unparalleled natural beauty of the town and surrounding area draw tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Visitors and residents enjoy access to the 6.4 mile Astoria Riverwalk which takes you along a paved journey through industrial, urban and natural environments. Occasionally you can catch a glimpse of the River Pilots climbing up the side of a cargo ship to navigate it down river. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the close proximity to hiking trails, biking trails, beaches and mountains. In addition to Astoria's offerings, we are a short drive away from coastal recreation destinations such as Long Beach, WA and Seaside, OR.
The surrounding area is also known for its excellent selection of local breweries, eateries and shops. Pop culture fans will instantly recognize Astoria for its role in numerous movies including The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and Short Circuit.
Population: Just under 10,000
US Citizen: Authorized to work in the US.
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