Public Safety Communications Hiring Process

The Department's recruitment and selection process supports the City of Manassas Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action plans. The Manassas City Police Department is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Minimum Qualifications Required:

High School diploma or GED required; supplemented by two (2) years similar communications experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

Selection Process

The selection process takes approximately four to six months to complete after the application has been received. Communications Specialist shall attend dispatcher School at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy which is an 80-hour course. Upon satisfactory completion of the Academy training, the communications specialist will return to Manassas City Police Communications for on-the-job training. Applicants must successfully complete the following phases:

Phase 1:

  • Complete Online Application / Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Written Test
  • Submission of a Personal History Statement
  • Preliminary Background Check and Processing

Phase 2:

  • Initial Interview
  • Background Investigation and Interview

Phase 3:

  • Polygraph
  • Interview with Command Staff

Phase 4:

  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Psychological Exam


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