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The Communications Division of the Washington State Patrol is the vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response by initiating courteous and timely action around the clock.

What we Do:

A Communications Officer's Mission and Responsibility

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

Desirable Qualifications:


All Washington State Patrol applicants are subject to background investigations, including a polygraph examination, because of the nature of the work and the security requirements.

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Testing and Applying

When a communications officer job is open, it will be listed in our Current Job Openings section and linked to the job announcement. All requirements and details for applying will be included in the announcement.


The application process is now available online by going to the Washington State Careers web site.

To talk to a recruiter at Headquarters, call 1-800-888-8384 or (360) 704-2300. Recruiters for communications officers and troopers are also available statewide.

You may prefer writing to us at jobs@wsp.wa.gov or

Washington State Patrol
General Administration Building
Human Resource Division
210 11th Avenue SE, Suite G-12
PO Box 42620
Olympia, WA 98504-2620


A candidate must successfully complete each level of the testing sequence below before moving to the next. Additional tests will also be cited on each job announcement.

Step 1

Is a skills and abilities examination designed to evaluate an applicant's potential to be successful as a communications officer. (You may wish to review the profile and self-assessmentAdobe PDF Format for communications officers.)

Step 2

Is an oral interview that requires the applicant to formulate responses to questions concerning general knowledge, experience, and abilities.

Step 3

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Training and Assignments


A communications officer is primarily trained on the job with a lead worker in the local communications center. The training includes:

Additional training is conducted at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.


There are eight WSP communications centers located at each district headquarters, which have available positions for communications officers who are eligible to transfer after one year of service.

Salaries, Benefits, and Rank Structure


Communications officers are promoted to Communications Officer 1 position after successfully completing their one-year training and probationary period.


Rank Structure:

An excellent career path is also available for those who wish to become involved in training and management:

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