Yeah, let’s get this clear right here right now. Officer’s not happening. Not in this lifetime or any other. 

I’m far from the faint of heart, don’t worry. You know, that could be useful. Any idea on what the hours are like? How often do I have to be on call?

I sense friction Why not?

Hourwise, you would have to work eight hours but that can often push into overtime, since dispatch is a twenty-four service — including holidays and weekends. [user links to a dispatch application]

Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or a GED equivalent.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience providing high-volume customer service in a fast-paced environment that required multi-tasking, initiative, & active problem-solving.  One (1) year emergency dispatch experience preferred.
  • Correctable vision of 20/30.
  • Ability to pass an Audiogram Test.
  • Ability to type 20 words per minute.
  • Must be able to complete basic telecommunication course within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to speak clearly in a well modulated voice with good diction.
  • Pass a written entrance exam, background investigation, psychological test, physical examination, and oral review board survey. Ability to pass an aptitude test.
  • Ability to complete and return a personal history statement within a given length of time.
  • Capacity to learn the operation of telephone and radio communications, operating requirements and techniques.
  • Capacity to learn the street system and geography of the city and adjacent areas.
  • Ability to develop, within a reasonable training time, skill and speed in the operation of telephone, radio communications, CRT, and related communications equipment, together with a knowledge of public safety functions and procedures.
  • Ability to think and act quickly, accurately and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Capability to keep records and operate telecommunications terminal at a working rate of speed.
  • Competency to coordinate several different activities at the same time.
  • Ability to serve citizens in a diplomatic manner, while exercising good emotional control.

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