Public Safety Positions

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Emergency Communications Dispatcher (9-1-1 Dispatcher)

The City of Richland conducts ongoing testing for the positions of Emergency Communications Dispatcher.

To be considered for this process, candidates must first complete the City's online application as outlined in the posting located on the Job Opportunities page.  Following the application screening process, those qualified applicants will also be required to complete the City's testing process. 

The City's testing process includes skills testing (CritiCall), observations, and an oral board interview, which may span over a two to three week period.  Testing will be conducted on an ongoing basis; however, is subject to change depending on current staffing needs.

For more information on the testing process, please contact Human Resources at (509) 942-7392 or by email:

Entry-Level Police Officer and Firefighters

The City of Richland has contracted with Public Safety Testing (PST) to conduct the initial written and physical agility testing process for entry-level police officers and firefighter. Please contact PST directly at (866) HIRE-911 for additional information about the testing process and requirements.

Applicants who pass the initial written and physical agility test with PST will be forwarded to the City of Richland. Once the City receives certified scores from PST, candidates will be notified of the City’s supplemental testing process. Supplemental testing is generally conducted twice a year (spring and fall); however, it is subject to change depending on current staffing needs.

Lateral Police Officer

The City of Richland hires lateral officers. Lateral applicants are not required to go through the PST process.  See the current job description for education & experience, as well as other requirements.  For further questions, please contact the human resources office directly.

Learn More

  • Get a copy of the Richland Police Department recruiting brochure or view the recruitment video.
  • Contact Sergeant Mike Harrison for more information or to schedule a ride-a-long at (509) 942-7367.

Lateral Firefighter

No current process is in place; all applicants must go through the PST process.

Background Provisions

Applicants testing for public safety positions must be able to pass a comprehensive background check including but not limited to work history, professional references, criminal history, credit check (if applicable), records check, and fingerprinting. Any negative factors in your past will be evaluated in terms of frequency, relevance, circumstances surrounding their occurrence, and significance to the position for which you are applying. Felony convictions are automatic disqualifiers. Significant misdemeanor activities may be also be automatic disqualifiers. Applicants are also cautioned that government clearances or success in other agency selection processes are no guarantee of success in our process.
Deception at any stage during the hiring process is automatically disqualifying under Civil Service Rules.

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