9-1-1 Dispatcher

Lansing, MI
Ingham County

Salary: $46,136.72 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director or his/her designee and in a 24 hour work environment, the 9-1-1 Dispatcher receives emergency calls from the public in need of law enforcement, fire, medical or other emergency services. Determines the location and priority of the emergency and dispatches appropriate emergency units. Answers non-emergency calls for assistance and processes criminal justice information. Monitors multiple public safety radio talk groups and operates a variety of communication/computer equipment. Works 12 hour shifts, overtime shifts including mandatory overtime and must be available to work on scheduled days off and in the event of an emergency.

Essential Functions:

  • Receives, evaluates, and prioritizes calls for emergency and non-emergency service. Works various shifts and various days, including weekends and holidays. Works on-call as needed.
  • Dispatches necessary emergency units including law enforcement, fire, medical or other services.
  • Provides pre-arrival emergency medical instructions to the public while emergency personnel are in route.
  • Coordinates information between the public and emergency personnel via a Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD) as well as radios, mobile data terminals, telephones, pager and other communication devices.
  • Monitors multiple public safety radio talk groups and responds to specific requests or needs.
  • Queries, processes and retrieves local court or public safety systems for criminal justice information. Examples include, but are not limited to, vehicle registrations, driving records and outstanding warrants.
  • Performs data entry as needed.
  • May be involved in training other staff.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Must pass a data entry/keyboarding test.
  • Must be able to achieve and maintain LEIN processing status.
  • Must pass criminal, credit and other background checks as required by the County.

Preferred Requirements:

  • College course work in Criminal Justice, Emergency Services, Public Safety or related field preferred.
  • Prior experience in law enforcement, fire service, EMS, high volume customer service center or emergency response dispatch experience is strongly preferred.
  • CPR, EMD or advanced first-aid training is preferred.
  • A general knowledge of local streets and traffic patterns is preferred.