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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.


718 Police Dispatcher jobs found on Monster.

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POLICE DISPATCHER City of Healdsburg Salary range: $4,230-$5,419/mo, plus excellent benefit package. Dispatches police, fire and emergency personnel; receives complaints & requests for assistance from the public, law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel; receives and relays information by radio, telephone, or at the counter; & performs a variety of gen. support work in assisting & maintaining ...
Graduation from high school or equivalent, plus one (1) year experience as an Emergency Services Dispatcher and/or 911 Call Taker. Licenses or Certifications: Must be able to obtain TCLEOSE Certification within one (1) year of employment, and TCIC/NCIC certification within six (6) months of employment....
Law Enforcement ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MURPHYSBORO, IL The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Merit Commission will accept applications for entry-level Deputy Sheriff Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff Jail Officer and Dispatcher from January 21, 2015 until midnight, February 3, 2105 ONLY. QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be: U.S. Citizen, of good moral character, at least 2...
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...
Houma MF&P Civil Service Board announces a Competi- tive exam for POLICE RADIO DISPATCHER Apps. taken until 2/20/15. 600 Wood St. 985-873-6393 or visit www.ose.la.gov...
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...
Location: Gorham Wage Band/Start Wage: B21, Step 3, $12.97 Work Schedule: Full-Time, shift as assigned according to Unit seniority Police Represented Classified Position This classification is responsible for performing defined dispatch and monitoring duties and responsibilities. Work is routine in nature with specifically defined tasks, requiring the ability to follow standard procedures. Maj...
AUXILIARY OFFICERS & DISPATCHERS The Lordstown Police Department is accepting applications/resumes for auxiliary officers and part-time dispatchers. To become an auxiliary officer with the Lordstown Police Department, candidates must possess the following: * O.P.O.T.A. certified * Valid drivers license * A minimum of an associate degree from an accredited college OR a minimum of two years ex...
EMERGENCY DISPATCHER PART-TIME/TEMPORARY Compensation Range: Step 1: $28; Step 2: $29.40; Step 3: $30.87; Step 4: $32.41; Step 5: $34.03. SVPD accepting applications for part-time temporary Emergency Dispatcher. A minimum of 3 years prior Emergency Dispatch experience with a California law enforcement agency. Go to www.scottsvalleypd.com for info and application or Scotts Valley Police Departmen...
Company Information MultiLink Security Inc. is a local security contractor serving the needs of Texas from San Antonio. We offer expertise in the areas of access control, video surveillance,intrusion alarm, fire alarm and emergency communications. MultiLink also operates a full fabrication shop. MultiLink prefers to vend high-performance products and expects high-performance attitudes from its va...
Job Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions Under general supervision, is responsible for performing job tasks associated with radio dispatching police to calls for service, making accurate and concise data updates to the Computer Aided Dispatch computer system, and performing information searches for police officers utilizing the National Crime Information System (NCIC) and the Texas Crime Inf...
EXPERIENCE Two (2) years of clerical experience involving the preparation and maintenance of records and schedules. Prior school security or dispatching experience highly desirable. EDUCATION High school graduation or equivalent. LICENSES Successful completion of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and the Public Safety Dispatcher Academy and training program. Must be a...
SCHOOL POLICE DISPATCHER DESCRIPTION: Performs dispatch and clerical work involved in School Police Services, is subject to work rotating shifts and extended hours, and monitors district communications to insure the safety of district personnel working in the evenings, weekends or holidays and to protect the property interests of the district against unforeseen events such as fires, earthquakes or...
This is training level police emergency radio communications work. Employees in this class work on assigned shifts and are engaged in operating a variety of communications equipment in dispatching, receiving and transmitting information to departmental units, and receiving, screening and processing calls from the general public and police personnel. Employees learn to operate the various types of ...
Leads work of other Police Radio Dispatchers in absence of or as assigned by the Police Dispatch Supervisor. Receives calls from university community concerning crimes and police emergencies; dispatches police unit to investigate complaint and broadcasts all information necessary to ensure safety of officers and public....
Receives emergency calls from the public and dispatches police or contacts other emergency agencies, as appropriate. Also provides administrative support to the Police Department and Municipal Court. Duties: Receive calls requesting immediate police and other emergency services; dispatch police or contact appropriate emergency agencies/personnel; effectively interface with callers to obtain requi...
Job Function: Job Summary The Dispatcher is responsible for handling emergency and alarm calls for the university police department. Receives and dispatches emergency and other information between the campus community and on-duty university police officers. The person in this role will be responsible for keeping accurate records and performing other office duties in addition to managing emergency...
Overview & Qualifications Benefits Supplemental Questions The Town of Gilbert is seeking applicants for the position of Police Dispatcher. Dispatchers facilitate the flow of information between the public and police officers by answering emergency (911) and non-emergency calls for service and dispatching police officers and/or other resources as needed. The work of a Dispatcher is demanding an...
University of Miami Burwell, NE
Job Description: The University of Miami is committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. We are leaders in the area of education, scholarship, intercollegiate athletics and service. Come join our team! General Responsibilities Under general supervision, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UMPD...
The University of Arizona is seeking dynamic Police Radio Dispatchers for its nationally accredited Police Department. Incumbent receives calls from university community concerning crimes and police emergencies; dispatches police units and broadcasts all information necessary to ensure safety of officers and public. Monitors fire panic and security alarms for university buildings. Candidates must...

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