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What-Comm 911 Dispatch

Contact Us

Emergencies: 9-1-1
Administrative Line: +1 (360) 778-8900


If it is an emergency dial 9-1-1. 
If you need to contact the Whatcom County 911 center and you are out of the area dial +1 (360) 676-6911.

You can report non-emergent crimes online with Bellingham Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, and Whatcom County Sheriff.

Non-emergent abandoned vehicles, unauthorized encampments, and parking violations in the City of Bellingham are reported online as well.

Mission: Committed to Community

Vision:  Employee and public safety is a priority.  Employees and volunteers are highly trained, equipped with the latest technology, and recognized for their performance.  Adequate and dedicated funding is in place. We are fiscally responsible and efficient users of the funds and resources entrusted to us by the public.  Employees demonstrate professionalism, consistent with our mission statement and core

Text to 911:  We are now able to accept text messages.  We always prefer someone to call 911 if possible.   If you are unable to do so safely you can text 911. 

3G Cancelled:  Wireless phone companies have announced that they will be shutting down their 3G networks.  Phones that don’t support at least 4G LTE will stop working.  AT&T announced its cancellation in February.  T-Mobile/Sprint will discontinue service between March and July.  Verizon will discontinue by the end of 2022.  Call your cell phone provider or visit them in-store to see if your ability to call 911 will be interrupted.  Phones without service, often called 911-only phones, may no longer be able to connect with emergency services.


A minimum of one (1) year of experience in a position dealing with the public in stressful or time-sensitive situations is required.  Keyboard entry skills at a minimum of 40 wpm NET required.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a hearing evaluation prior to hiring.
  • Must have a telephone at place of residence.
  • Must be able and willing to work any shift and special shifts as assigned.
  • Must pass a police criminal convictions records check, background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph exam, and medical screening prior to hire. 

Salary and Benefits

  • What-Comm Dispatcher-in-Training: $29.45
  • What-Comm Dispatcher: Starting rate is $30.92/hr. The full hourly range is $30.92-38.41.

The City of Bellingham offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. The City also offers excellent vacation, holiday, and sick leave benefits. This position will participate in the State of Washington Employees’ Retirement System plan.

Recruitment Process

The City of Bellingham partners with Public Safety Testing to provide full pre-employment testing services for the position of WhatComm Police Dispatcher. Candidates interested in applying can sign up to receive email notifications when opportunities are posted. To fill out an application and schedule testing, Go to the Public Safety Testing website and select WhatComm Police Dispatcher to get more information, complete an application, and schedule testing.