Police Communications Dispatcher - Lateral (Continuous)

  • Oakland, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications Information Technology and Communication Services Public Safety
  • Salary: $103,126.40 - $114,088.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

***This a continuous recruitment for experienced Police Dispatchers***

***Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately***

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

About the Oakland Police Department

Mission Statement

The Oakland Police Department’s mission is to provide police service focused on public safety and the sanctity of life, to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of conduct, efficiency, and efficacy, and to promote mutual respect between the Department and the Communities of Oakland.

We will work in partnership with our Community, recognize the successes of our staff, build a team of professionals who are trained and developed to provide top quality Service, hold ourselves and each other accountable, and continually seek to be the exemplar for 21st Century Constitutional Policing, Community engagement, and positive employee morale within the police profession.

Core Values
  • Fairness: We value fairness in our dealings with our Community and with each other. Fairness is the opportunity to deliver services to our Community and make decisions that are impartial, equitable, and just.
  • Integrity: Though it includes a consistency between our statements and our actions, integrity is more than service to the truth. Integrity encompasses a transparency and accountability that are born from a desire to do the right thing, even when times are difficult.
  • Respect: Mutual respect begins at home; we value respect throughout our organization, both up and down the chain of command. How we treat each other will be reflected in the way every staff member will be expected to treat every member of our Community.
  • Service: Our decisions are constantly guided by our mission of providing services focused on public safety and quality of life, while also ensuring that our services are provided in an efficient and effective manner
  • Teamwork: Purpose of mission and adherence to values are best drawn out from employees who are supported, valued, and developed. Whether through peer, supervisory, or command support and mutual respect, OPD expects that our staff all work together to achieve our common goal.
Are you an experienced Police Dispatcher ? The City of Oakland is accepting applications to join the Oakland Police Department Communications Division. Come and join a wonderful team of professionals dedicated to serving the citizens of Oakland. Continue your dispatch career with the City of Oakland !

During training, working hours and days off vary. Dispatchers may work any of the three shifts in a 24-hour period; may be required to work a schedule with rotating days off; often work weekends, holidays, and overtime as required by emergencies or Departmental needs. This is a public contact position.

We are looking for someone who:
  • possesses the ability to act promptly, logically, and decisively;
  • can communicate clearly;
  • is able to read, comprehend and retain information;
  • will maintain a calm and professional demeanor even under stressful situations;
  • has the ability to adapt to changing situations;
  • is able to multi-task;
  • is highly self-motivated; and
  • will display a high level of integrity.

The sensitivity of the position calls for emotionally stable applicants. Applicants must have a satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen. Final candidates will undergo a thorough background investigation, a polygraph examination, and a medical examination. Excessive alcohol usage, drug abuse, a poor work record or any falsification of employment information are grounds for disqualification from employment consideration.

What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Receiving and screening telephone calls and recording data
  • Analyzing calls for priority level
  • Using computer-aided keyboard and data entry equipment or manually recording and relaying information (often of an emergency nature) to appropriate units
  • Receiving, transmitting, and recording data
  • Running queries in automated warrant information systems
  • Answering questions from the public
  • Dispatching from a mobile command center, as requested

A few reasons why you might love a career as a Police Communications Dispatcher:
  • The work you do directly impacts the public and City of Oakland residents
  • You will have the ability to demonstrate your honesty, moral and ethical decision-making skills
  • In this role, you will use your fact-finding abilities to identify needs, make decisions, and address issues
  • There are lots of opportunity for growth within the City of Oakland

A few challenges you may face as a Police Communications Dispatcher:
  • You must remain calm to effectively handle high-stress situations
  • This position requires that you are careful about details and thorough in completing tasks
  • You will need to maintain composure when faced with callers in aggressive, angry, or emotional situations

Competencies Required:
  • Professional & Technical Expertise : Applying technical subject matter to the job
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Data : Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data
  • Using Technology : Working with electronic hardware and software applications
  • Attention to Detail : Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability : Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Handling Stress : Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Learning Agility : Seeking learning opportunities and applying the lessons to one’s work
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics : Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Oral Communication : Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing : Communicating effectively in writing
  • Customer Focus : Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
  • Professional Impact : Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Teamwork : Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
*Click on the link below to see a video on what it's like to work for the City of Oakland! Working for the City of Oakland

Read the complete job description at: Class specifications

Note : This is a continuous recruitment process; eligible candidates may remain on the eligible list for 2 years.

This recruitment is open to experienced Police Dispatchers.
  • If you do not possess previous Police Dispatcher experience, please apply at: Police Communications Dispatcher - Open (Continuous)
  • If you are a current, SEIU-represented, permanent employee of the City and Port of Oakland with no previous Police Dispatcher experience, you may apply at: Police Communications Dispatcher - RESTRICTED (Continuous)

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.

Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school

Experience: Three (3) years of full-time of responsible work experience as a Dispatcher in a law enforcement environment. Applicants shall not have had a break in service as a Dispatcher in a law enforcement environment greater than three years (36-months) prior to application.

Other Requirements:
  • Applicants currently working in California as a Dispatcher in a law enforcement environment must possess a valid Public Safety Dispatcher's Basic Course Certificate issued the California P.O.S.T.
  • Applicants currently working outside of California as a Dispatcher in a law enforcement environment must pass the P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course within one year of appointment as a condition of continued employment.
  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
Bilingual Requirements: A select number of positions filled through this recruitment will require selective bilingual skills in one or more of the following languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish. Please note, identified bilingual skills will be tested prior to a final offer of employment. Candidates must pass the bilingual skills test to achieve placement on and/or remain on the bilingual skills eligible list. NOTE: Bilingual skills are not required for most positions.

Background Investigation, Psychological and Medical Assessment:
Final candidates will undergo a thorough background investigation by the Oakland Police Department Backgrounds Unit which may include, but is not limited to:
  • A thorough review of the completed Personal History Statement (PHS)
  • A polygraph
  • A criminal history check consisting of a fingerprint check with the California Department of Justice and FBI
  • A drug history check (certain drug usage may result in an automatic disqualification)
  • A credit history check
  • Interviews with previous and past employers and co-workers
  • Present and past neighborhood checks
  • Education verification
  • Driving record check
  • Checks with Law Enforcement agencies in the area you live
  • Military history (if applicable)
Unfavorable information revealed during the background investigation is grounds for rejection or discharge.

After a conditional job offer is made, candidates will be assessed for compliance with Police Department medical and psychological standards. Any remaining background issues will be resolved during the post-offer phase. Character-related information discovered during the post-offer stage may be grounds for revocation of the conditional job offer and removal from hiring consideration. In addition, the City Physician will evaluate each candidate to determine their ability to meet the physical demands of the job. The medical exam includes a drug-screening test.

Supplemental Information

This is a Continuous Recruitment. Candidates are only eligible to apply once every three (3) months. Candidates that earn their place on the resulting eligible list may remain active on the eligible list for up to two (2) years.

The Selection Process
Application Filing: All applicants must apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oaklandca and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. Applicants who meet the minimum education and work experience qualifications will be placed on an unranked eligible list. All candidates who earn placement on the eligible list will be referred to the department for a department interview. ( Weighted 100% )


Application review will be batched based on the submission date. Below are the application submission timeframes.

  • 3/26/2024 - 4/29/2024
  • 4/30/2024 - 6/3/2024
  • 6/4/2024 - 7/8/2024
  • 7/9/2024 - 8/12/2024
  • 8/13/2024 - 9/16/2024
The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

Candidates that are placed on the eligible list will be sent a Personal History Statement (PHS) with submission deadlines and instructions. Please note, additional names of successful candidates may be added to the eligible list periodically; candidates’ names will be merged onto the existing eligible list. Candidates who are active on the eligible list may not re-apply while their name is active on the eligible list.

The Recruitment Process:

The City of Oakland works with a Civil Service system. Applicants apply online, and HR staff review their experience, education, and training listed on the application against the “minimum qualifications” listed for each position.

C andidates who pass each stage in the process will be placed on an eligible list. Some candidates may receive extra points, for example, if you are a Veteran with an honorable discharge, or if you are a current City of Oakland resident. If you’re applying to a “restricted ” posting and you are eligible as a current City employee, you may also receive additional points for your City service. Extra points are only applied to passing scores, so if you do not pass every part of the testing process, you cannot use extra points to pass.
What’s in it for you?
  • Retirement - CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) with a pension formula of 2.5% @ 55 (for Classic CalPERS members) and 2% @ 62 for new CalPERS members. Classic Employees contribute 8% of pre-tax wages. The City of Oakland does not participate in Social Security
  • Health - The City of Oakland pays the full cost of employee and eligible dependent coverage at the Kaiser rate. Other plans include Anthem, Blue Shield, United Health Care, and other HMO and PPO plans
  • Dental - Delta Dental full premium for employees and eligible dependents
  • Vision - VSP full premium for employees and eligible dependents
  • Sick leave - Employees accrue 12 days per year
  • Deferred Compensation - 457(b) pre-tax plan and an after-tax ROTH 401(k)plan
  • Other benefits include a Flexible Spending Account, Wellness Program, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance up to $200k & Employee Training.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user of the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm .

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also workstations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Workstations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Our online application system is provided by GovernmentJobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact GovernmentJobs Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday. You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system. For recruitment-specific questions, please contact Anthony LaVelle at alavelle@oaklandca.gov.

The City of Oakland is committed to the wellbeing of its employees and offers comprehensive health and wellness services along with an array of other benefits for most positions. Benefits may include*:

• CalPERS Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Medical Waiver Plan - Cash-In-Lieu
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Commuter Benefits
• Group & Supplemental Life Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
• Pension Benefits
• Deferred Compensation

* Specific benefits may vary depending on the assignedspecific bargaining unit. Information regarding most benefits can be reviewed here: Employee Benefits Information Current MOUs may be reviewed here: City of Oakland Labor Agreements

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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