Public Safety Dispatcher - Lateral

  • City of LIvermore
  • Livermore, California
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications Public Safety
  • Salary: $6,166.03 - $7,494.85 Monthly USD

Job Description

If you are currently employed as an emergency dispatcher in a public agency answering and dispatching 9-1-1 calls, please submit your employment application to work for an outstanding police department. (This is not an entry level position.)



Under general supervision, receives 911 system emergency and non-emergency calls; dispatches assignments according to police and fire procedures; provides support services and maintains records; and performs other duties as assigned.


The Public Safety Dispatcher provides technical communications support and computer information processing for police and fire activities as well as animal control and public services functions. In addition to call taking and dispatching, incumbents perform varied record keeping, information retrieval, and similar work in support of public safety activities. Incumbents are expected to exercise independent judgment in the performance of their duties with minimum supervision.


General supervision is provided by the dispatch supervisor with direction provided by other supervisory or management staff.


As experience is gained, incumbents in this classification may provide direction and training to other Public Safety Dispatchers.

Examples of Important and Essential Functions:
Call Taking and Dispatching Functions
Answers 911 emergency and misdirected non-emergency calls, and a variety of other public safety telephone lines; communicates and relates effectively to those contacted in the course of the work; obtains essential information from reporting parties about the nature of the emergency; enters information into computer terminals; enters control codes and searches files to research and provide information; assesses urgency of call and assigns code; assesses the nature of the emergency, determines appropriate response level, determines closest available and most appropriate company, and dispatches police, fire, medical aid, rescue, and hazardous material calls via two-way radio or telephone; directly broadcasts critical police emergency calls and general information bulletins; enters, updates, and monitors information such as time assignment, en route time, arrival, clearance, and other related information for each emergency and non-emergency event; monitors location and verifies safe status of public safety and other specified City personnel; monitors and controls radio traffic; connects special hearing-impaired telephone lines to transcription apparatus; dispatches animal services assignments, as needed; refers non-emergency calls to other resources including other City departments, governmental, and private agencies; answers questions and provides information to the public, as appropriate; answers building intercom system and grants identified personnel access through remote-controlled security doors; calls in relief personnel to maintain public safety staffing levels; alerts other agencies and coordinates mutual response radio traffic; and initiates follow-up calls as requested.

Administrative Functions
Reviews and records case information; assigns case numbers; tallies assigned calls, balances police officer assignments, and coordinates break periods; may take brief, limited telephone reports of lost property; maintains logs and records; enters information into automated record files; reproduces computer generated bulletins; prepares letters and reports and other related forms and records; conducts radio equipment tests; may retrieve or review dispatch recordings; may classify and sort dispatch cards, as needed; and may be assigned to assist in processing arrested persons to jail.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications:
Demonstrated Knowledge of :
Modern office practices and procedures; proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; alphabetic, chronological, and numeric filing systems; effective communication techniques; community resources; map reading; and personal computer operating systems and software applications.

Demonstrated Skills to :
Analyze situations quickly and make sound decisions in emergency and routine situations; demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills including communicating effectively with those contacted in the course of work; perform multiple tasks concurrently; quickly read and retain information; quickly interpret maps and floor layouts; relate effectively to co-workers; speak in a clear and understandable voice; write basic letters, memos, and reports; utilize personal computers and computer software to perform word processing and spreadsheet functions; meet the City's keyboarding standard (35 net wpm); and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective service attitude with co-workers and the public.

Ability to :
Learn the techniques, procedures, methods, and City dispatching codes used in the operation of a highly technical communications center; use patience, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the public; recognize and discern various emotional states when dealing with citizens in person and while on 911, emergency, and business lines; recognize the voices of field units; and quickly operate electronic data processing equipment and radio consoles.

Experience, Education, and Training Guidelines :
Any combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Experience : Two years of experience involving heavy public contact while performing multiple tasks and using a computer. (Lateral Public Safety Dispatchers need to be currently employed as an emergency dispatcher or at least within the last six months and have satisfactorily completed their probationary period.)

Education : Equivalent to graduation from high school. College course work in communications, business administration, or a related field are desirable.

Training : Any recent training such as academic courses and certification programs which are relevant to this job classification.

Certification : Possession of POST Public Safety Dispatching Certificate is required prior to the completion of the probationary period.

License : May require the possession of a valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record as determined by the City.

Other Requirements : Willingness and ability to work any shift in a 24 hour period, holidays, weekends, scheduled and emergency overtime, and be available for call back as required; attend classes during work and non-work hours as required; maintain the certifications necessary for this job classification; and wear a uniform and comply with departmental grooming standards.

Special Requirements : Essential duties may require the mental and/or physical ability to quickly read fine print, charts, graphs, maps, and computer monitors; see fine detail with no color deficiencies; hear and understand radio and telephone transmissions through headsets, handsets, and speakers, sometimes with interference, static, and background noises, such as with others talking in the room, audible traffic noise, and telephone ringing; hear a telephone ring when the bell unit is located 30' away; discern various tones, rhythms, and series of "beeps" through a headset and over a speaker; discern when a person is speaking with varying degrees of volume, such as shouting or whispering including emotional states; speak quickly in a clear, understandable voice with sufficient volume and tone quality to project effectively over radio, telephone, and in person; move quickly about the building or to other buildings, as needed; stamina to sit for long periods of time and to work long hours; operate computer keyboards and complex radio computer equipment; strength to safely lift and maneuver up to 40 pounds; and quickly bend, reach, climb step stools, and stoop.

Additional Information:
The City of Livermore is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Livermore, California United States View Map