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Scroll down to read through the steps involved in becoming a Polk County Communications Specialist

Des Moines has blossomed into a vibrant metro that’s one of the fastest growing in the nation. But we remain firmly rooted in Midwestern values that make central Iowa a great place to live and raise a family. Respect, hard work and a more relaxed pace of life. With affordable living costs and low commute times, there’s no wonder why more people are calling Des Moines home. 

DES MOINES WAS VOTED

TOP 5

PLACES TO LIVE IN THE US.
PCSO IS IOWA’S

LARGEST

SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
DES MOINES IS RANKED

TOP 3

IN THE US FOR AFFORDABLE LIVING.

Steps to Your New Career

PHASE 1 | Apply

How to Apply

Submit Application and required documents.

  • Applications must be complete for processing.
  • Required documents must be turned in before the deadline.

After you have applied for the job, you will be screened for employment eligibility by our personnel department. If you make it through the initial screening, you will receive notification with instructions on the test scheduling listed in Phase 2.

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PHASE 2 | Testing

Written Examination
Keyboarding Test

Maintains a complete log of telephone and radio calls received and transmitted via a computerized dispatching system in accordance with Federal Communication Commission regulations.

Data Entry Test

Inputs data into the computerized dispatching system to produce information for mandated and management reports;  enters information into the computer; enters, files, cancels, and verifies data on warrants issued by courts in accordance with applicable state and Federal laws; maintains files and records of no-contact orders issued by the courts; performs tests of emergency communications equipment.

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PHASE 3 | Background Investigation

Why This is Done

Investigators will begin a background investigation.

Background Investigation

The background investigation is utilized to confirm information listed on your application. Investigators will confirm employment, contact references, speak to neighbors and run a criminal history check on all applicants.

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PHASE 4 | Command Staff Interview

What to Expect

All candidates placed on a certified list for hire will be interviewed by PCSO Command Staff.

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PHASE 5 | Offer of Employment

What to Expect

After receiving an offer of employment, candidates will be required to submit to a drug screen and physical capacity test.

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Are you Ready?

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