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Police Dispatcher Job Overview

Police dispatchers are responsible for communication between those in need and police and emergency services. This is done by taking emergency phone calls, sending out appropriate information for law information and providing accurate contact for information for affected individuals. Dispatchers typically work long hours, such as 12 hour shifts, due to the round-the-clock necessity of emergency services.

Daily tasks for police dispatcher jobs include:

  • Using a computer-aided dispatch system
  • Receiving emergency calls from those in need
  • Determining the nature and location of the incident
  • Determining the priorities of the situation and contacting police and other emergency services if necessary
  • Receiving requests from law enforcement officers pertaining to vehicle registration, warrants and criminal history
  • Operating a variety of communication equipment including phones, computers and radios

Those who are considering a job as a police dispatcher may also consider working as an emergency dispatcher.

Police Dispatcher Job Education Requirements

Only a high school diploma or GED equivalent is necessary to become a police dispatcher, although those with an associate's degree or higher are more likely to obtain a position. Many candidates with a diploma enroll in an emergency services dispatcher certificate program, which is typically offered at most community colleges and trade schools. Employers give extensive on-the-job training to new hires as well. The experience gained from the position may also qualify candidates for other jobs such as police records clerk.

Many states require police dispatchers to be certified through an accredited program. The most widely recognized certification program is through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. To become certified, candidates take tests to prove their knowledge of dispatch, law and lifesaving techniques, such as CPR. State governments also offer workshops to help train dispatchers in the field.

Police Dispatcher Job Market

There are currently 98,500 emergency services dispatchers in the country, with about a third of them for police, and and estimated 7,600 positions will become available in coming years. The employment of police dispatchers is expected to grow at a rate of eight percent, which is slightly lower than the average for all other occupations. However, due to the stressful nature of the job, the turnover rate is high, resulting in above average job prospects.

Police Dispatcher Job Salary Information

The average salary for a police dispatcher is $36,300 annually, or $17.45 an hour. Experience enables candidates to become police dispatch supervisors, earning $41,650 a year or $20.02 an hour.

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CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: POLICE DISPATCHER MATRON I/II $1,224.95 - $1,729.57 BI-WEEKLY + EXCELLENT BENEFIT PACKAGE CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 FOR INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT www.cityoftaft.org 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA 93268...
District Police, Dispatcher AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE District Police, Dispatcher Service Center As Assigned $2,369-$2,961/Monthly Job# 1502034...
The City and Town of Ardmore, TN/AL are accepting applications until 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 for the positions of a full time police officer and a part time dispatcher. The successful police officer candidate must meet the requirements for certification with TN and AL POST. Applications may be picked up at the Ardmore, TN and AL City Halls or at the Police Dept. For more info call: ...
POLICE DISPATCHER Lake St Louis Police are accepting applications for dispatchers. Apply in person at the Police Department lobby, 200 Civic Center Drive before 5pm 3-9-15. Experience preferred but not required. $36,749. Great Benefits. AA/EOE (1991906)...
CITY OF MORAINE is accepting applications for POLICE / FIRE DISPATCHER Additional information can be found at the City's website: www.ci.moraine.oh.us First Published in Cox Media Group Ohio Newspapers on Feb 22, 2015...
PT Hendersonville Police Dispatcher: www.hendersonvillepolice.org/reserve for details & to apply Deadline March 13...
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: San Bernardino Job ID: 2015-P006 Job Title: Police Dispatcher / University Police (POOL) Appointment Type: Not Applicable Time Base: Time Varies Date Posted: January 13, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled Link to Apply Online: http://jobs.csusb.edu Campus Employment Homepage: http://jobs.csusb.edu Descript...
POLICE DISPATCHER/ SECRETARY North Huntingdon Township is seeking applicants for the position of Police Dispatcher/Secretary for the Police Department. This position entails receiving emergency and non-emergency telephone calls, dispatching calls to emergency service providers, and various other administrative and clerical duties. Candidates must be able to work all shifts, including weekends and ...
POLICE DISPATCHER: The Town of East Greenwich is accepting applications for the position of police dispatcher. Information and applications are available on the web at www. eastgreenwichri.com (Town Government tab/Forms & Guidelines/Human Resources Forms/Employment application) or in the lobby of the Police Dept, 176 First Avenue. Completed applications are due by 02/27/15 at 5:00pm....
Police/Fire Dispatcher Town of Barrington Full Time Barrington is seeking a full time Police/Fire Dispatcher to receive routine and emergency calls from the public requesting police, fire, medical or other services. Determine the nature and location of the emergency; determine priorities, and dispatch police, fire ambulance or other emergency units as necessary and in accordance with establishe...
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: Stanislaus Job ID: 14/96 Job Title: Police Dispatcher I Appointment Type: Probationary Time Base: Full-Time Date Posted: February 27, 2015 Closing Date: March 20, 2015 Link to Apply Online: https://www.csustan.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Human%20Resources/staff/police_dispatcher_i_ja_2.26.15_14-96.pdf Campu...
Program Support Assistant (Police Dispatcher) Chillicothe, OH Duties: The incumbent works primarily in the Police Watch Office. Answers telephone calls which request police assistance, request information, or report emergencies and takes appropriate action. Receives and transmits radio messages of both emergent and routine nature from and to officers in the field. Makes telephone calls for poli...
APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TO ALL DISPATCHER RECRUITMENTS. VACANCIES MAY BE FILLED UTILIZING ANY CURRENT DISPATCHER ELIGIBLE LISTS. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE AND PASS A COMPUTER-BASED PERFORMANCE TEST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. THIS JOB REQUIRES MULTI-TASKING SKILLS AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE QUICK DECISIONS. SELECTED CANDIDATES WILL UNDERGO A COMPREHENSIVE CHARACTER AND BACKGROUN...
Summary Statement Benefits Supplemental Questions Under direct supervision during training period, and under limited supervision thereafter, is responsible for simultaneously operating a multi-channel radio console and a multi-line telephone, while maintaining computer-aided dispatch systems and other computer systems. Responsible for receiving, coordinating and disseminating critical informati...
University of Washington Police Department Seattle, WA
Job Description The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community i...
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intel...
High school diploma or GED certificate. Licenses and Certifications Required: Must be able to pass the State mandated exam to obtain the Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Telecommunicator License within (1) year of employment. Must be able to obtain TCIC/NCIC certification within six (6) months of employment....
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: Sacramento Job ID: 101281 Job Title: Police Dispatcher I Appointment Type: Probationary Time Base: Full-Time Date Posted: February 12, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled Link to Apply Online: https://cmsweb.csus.edu/psp/HSACPRD/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?FolderPath=PORTAL_ROOT_OBJECT.HC_HRS_CE_GBL2&I...
Police Dispatcher / Telecommunicator # 74 OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Clerical /Secretarial Staff / Office Tech. Employer: Stockton Unified School District Date Posted: 10/16/2014 Contact: Eva Binder ***** 933-7065 2108 Number Openings: (At time of posting) Not Specified Length of Work Year: 12-Month Work Year (8 hours per day) Employment Type: Full Time Application Dea...
Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job Title: Police Records Clerk, Dispatcher Department: University Police – Lisle Campus Reports to: Chief of University Police, through the Deputy Chief of Police. Position Summary: Provides first line contact with all offenders and the general public; who enter the University Police Department. Provides directions, instructions, and e...

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