The Walkerton Police Department is currently accepting applications for PART-TIME DISPATCH.

The Town of Walkerton currently has part-time positions of Public Safety Communications Dispatchers. A dispatcher answers emergency and service calls from the public and dispatches police, fire, and medical units. Applications may be picked up and submitted at the Walkerton Police Department, 300 Illinois Street. You can also download an application here.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have high school diploma or GED, and be of good moral character.


Dispatchers perform a full range of radio and telephone operational duties in our 24-hour facility. Dispatchers are required to process and prioritize incoming calls for police, fire, EMS, and public works services. Dispatchers also perform related clerical and administrative duties—typing logs and reports. Work hours include all shifts, holidays, and weekends.


Ability to speak and hear clearly and to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills is required. Some knowledge of Windows-based computer software and typing skills are necessary.

Applicants should be able to: remain calm, think clearly, quickly assess and evaluate situations, organize thoughts and respond quickly in emergency and stressful situations, effectively coordinate emergency dispatch of public safety equipment and personnel, communicate clearly and effectively with the general public, and perform a variety of tasks simultaneously.


We are looking to fill several part-time positions which are on on-call basis. You may be asked to work any shift with only a few hours notice. There is no guarantee of any hours each week, however, there is potential to get many hours during times when other employees take vacation leave.


Applications will be accepted and other screening processes may include: a written exam, oral interview, police records check, driving record review, reference check, and background investigation. Candidates who successfully complete all phases will be eligible for a job offer and may be required to pass a drug screening.TRAINING


The orientation and training may take between 2 and 12 weeks depending on prior experience. Training will include lectures, readings, job simulators, and supervised on-the-job performance. Training requires frequent written, verbal, and performance testing. Trainees must expect regular reminders of errors and mistakes. Upon successful completion of training, you will be put on probationary status for an additional six months.

During training, trainees must learn radio vocabulary and law enforcement jargon and learn and apply a large number of procedures. Training will usually take place 4 to 5 times a week on various shifts for up to 8 hours per shift.


The Town of Walkerton is an equal opportunity employer but holds high standards of its public safety dispatchers due to the serious nature and responsibility to the citizens. The dispatcher is often the first and sometimes the only contact with the citizens. The dispatcher’s demeanor and competence directly affect the safety of emergency personnel and often affects the outcome of calls.


 Patrolman Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary 2015:

  • Probationary Patrolman $39,000/yr
  • Patrolman 1st Class  $40,000/yr
  • Court Pay during non-working hours
  • Take Home Car program after first year of employment (Within John Glenn School Corp. limits)
  • Uniforms Allowance
  • Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacations
  • Paid Personal Time Off
  • Holiday Pay
  • Paid overtime
  • Compensatory time accrual
  • Membership in 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ PERF Pension
  • Retirement at 52 years of age with 20 years of service

 Salary: All Probationary Patrolman start at $39,000 per year for the first year. Probationary Officers receive full pay while attending the 16-week basic session at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at the Probationary pay grade.

 Vacations: Employees shall be entitled to paid vacation as follows:

  • One (1) year but less than six (6) years – 2 weeks paid vacation
  • Six (6) years but less than sixteen (16) years – 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Sixteen (16) years and over – 4 weeks paid vacation

 Personal Time Off:  After one year of employment, an officer receives 72 hours of personal time off, to be used as needed, throughout the year.

 Overtime: Overtime earned will be reimbursed to the police officer either in money or compensatory time off from duty at the rate of one and one-half (1 1/2) times the actual overtime earned by the officer.

 Clothing Allowance: When a new officer is hired, the Town will furnish the officer with a clothing allowance for the purchase, maintenance, and replacement of uniform and equipment. This allowance is paid in one installment per year, or the officer may purchase the equipment through an approved uniform shop as needed throughout the year.

 Insurance: A number of different insurance plans covering hospitalization, dental and visual are available through the Town of Walkerton, such as PPO and Health Savings Account (HSA).

 Pension: Any full-time police officer hired after May 1, 1977, must participate in the Public Employee’s Retirement Fund created in 1977 and administered by the State of Indiana. Each employee must contribute 6% of a first-class patrolman’s salary. If the officer terminates prior to twenty (20) years of service, except for death or disability, contributions plus interest will be refunded.

 Patrolman Hiring Process

Members of the Walkerton Police Department are expected to represent the Town Of Walkerton as positive role models within the community. As such, the Walkerton Police Department seeks individuals with good moral character, integrity and professionalism. This expectation begins when you submit your application for consideration to become a Walkerton Police Officer.

The hiring process is designed to ensure that those ideals, as well as necessary physical fitness requirements, are met. In some cases minimum levels must be achieved in order to advance to the next phase of the hiring process.

Hiring Process

  • Application
  • Written Aptitude Test
  • Physical Testing
  • Oral Interview
  • Thorough Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination (After conditional offer of employment )
  • Physical/Medical Examination
  • Pre-employment Drug Screening
  • Psychological Examination
  • Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (15 weeks)

Minimum Requirements

The following lists the minimum requirements than an applicant must meet in order to be considered for appointment.

  1. Must be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age at time of application, but not yet thirty-six (36) years of age at time of appointment
  2. Must be a High School graduate or have a G.E.D.
  3. Must be a citizen of the United States of America prior to the date of making application
  4. Must become a resident of St. Joseph County, IN or adjoining county with approval from the Chief of Police upon appointment
  5. Must have and maintain a valid, non-suspended, non-expired, non-conditional, non-revoked driver’s license
  6. Must keep the Town of Walkerton informed of address and telephone information changes if you want to remain on the list for appointment
  7. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job of patrol officer in a safe manner with or without a reasonable accommodation
  8. Must not have been found guilty of a felony in any court which has not been annulled, expunged or sealed by a court
  9. Must show valid driver’s license for identification at the aptitude testing location to participate
  10. Subject to mandatory drug testing.

Physical Testing

Following are the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Physical Assessment Standards used by the Walkerton Police Department.

   Physical Assessment Standards
Test Standard
Vertical Jump 16 inches
One Minute Sit-ups 29
300 Meter Run 71 secs
Maximum Push-ups 25
1.5 Mile Run 16 min 28 secs

Vertical Jump: This measures leg power, and consists of measuring how high a person jumps.

One Minute Sit Ups: This measures abdominal, or trunk, muscular endurance. While lying on his/her back, the student will be given one (1) minute to do as many bent leg sit ups as possible.

300 Meter Run: This measures anaerobic power, or the ability to make an intense burst of effort for a short time period or distance. This component consists of sprinting 300 meters as fast as possible.

Maximum Push Ups: This measures the muscular endurance of the upper body. This component consists of doing as many push ups as possible until muscular failure.

1.5 Mile Run: This measures aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance (stamina over time). To complete this component you must run/walk, as fast as possible, a distance of 1.5 miles.

Testing will be conducted in the first week of training and again in the last week. Each component is scored separately and the standard must be met on each and every one.

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