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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.


723 Police Dispatcher jobs found on Monster.

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POLICE DISPATCHER. City of Healdsburg. Salary range: $4,230-$5,419 per month, plus exc benefit pkg. Dispatches police, fire & 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 general support work in assisting and maintainin...
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 ...
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...
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...
*This I a skilled dispatching position of answering telephone calls from the City of Columbus Division of Police. *Dispatcher's responsibility to keep a record of all correspondence between the towing companies and City employee. *A significant aspect of work involves answering telephones, locating calls, dispatching wreckers, and recording calls on logs both hand written and electronic. *The o...
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...
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...
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...
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: Los Angeles Job ID: 140160 Job Title: POLICE DISPATCHER Appointment Type: Probationary Time Base: Full-Time Date Posted: January 12, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled Link to Apply Online: https://cmsweb.calstatela.edu/psp/HLAPRDG/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1 Camp...
The Police Dispatcher is charged with and responsible for the radio dispatching of police personnel and the telephone requirement of the department. Aside from the main goal of officer safety, the Police Dispatcher is the first contact point between the department and the community we serve. Any and all requests for assistance are routed through the Police Department's Dispatch Office and all...
CSU Job Listing Details Printable version E-Mail this listing Campus: East Bay Job ID: 4452 Job Title: Police Dispatcher I - Intermittent (Hourly/On-call) (Temporary t Appointment Type: Temporary Time Base: Part-Time Date Posted: January 9, 2015 Closing Date: Open until filled Link to Apply Online: http://www.csueastbay.edu/jobs Campus Employment Homepage: http://www.csueastbay...
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the classified position above. DEFINITION : Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, receive, prioritize and respond to routine and emergency incoming telephone and voice radio calls as it relates to campus police, fire and medical assistance; if an emergency call, secure information as to exact locatio...
Job Description: Receives and transmits emergency & administrative messages over Public Safety emergency communications system, dispatches emergency personnel. Application & info available at www.easthartfordct.gov. EOE. Source - The Hartford Courant Job Requirements: Please refer to the Job Description to view the requirements for this job...
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....

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