Police Communications Dispatcher

Tucson, AZ
Arizona Department of Public Safety

Salary: $50,322.90 – $66,299.17 Annually.

Position Summary:

This recruitment will be used to establish an 18-month eligibility list to fill current and future vacancies in Phoenix. Under direct supervision during training period, and under limited supervision thereafter, is responsible for simultaneously operating a multi-channel radio console and a multi-line telephone, while maintaining computer-aided dispatch systems and other computer systems. Responsible for receiving, coordinating and disseminating critical information from various sources and maintaining radio contact with mobile/field units to monitor response, progress and any needed support.

Essential Functions:

1. Answers, evaluates and prioritizes incoming telephone calls, communicating effectively with various callers to obtain complete information to determine urgency and need for dispatching police, fire, towing and/or medical response using a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, telephones, multi-channel radio, TDD (text telephone device for hearing/speech impaired), numerous computer databases and maps.

2. Simultaneously maintains close contact with field units, communicating with Department employees, other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, emergency service providers and the general public to obtain and disseminate information.

3. Retrieves information from automated files to respond to queries from a variety of sources by typing correct password keys, information masks or special alpha number string formats on computer strings.

4. Inputs, updates, requests, transmits and queries information from a variety of sources to maintain current accurate records or to access databases for information, wants and warrant checks, intelligence, and/or driver license and vehicle registration checks by typing on a computer keyboard.

5. Reads/interprets maps for the public, field personnel and other law enforcement/criminal justice agencies in order to assist in locating certain geographical areas using an Arizona state map, U.S. atlas, city and county maps, and various computer mapping systems. Interprets telephone or radio call locations from maps by applying knowledge of state highway system and geography in order to provide appropriate and timely assistance.

6. Greets visitors in person in order to provide assistance or refer to appropriate staff members/section. Provides educational or public relations tours and presentations of the dispatch center to members of the public, citizen’s academies, legislative personnel, other agencies, etc.

7. Provides back-up coverage for Department public safety call takers.


  • Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. and one (1) year of clerical, customer service or public contact experience.
  • Must obtain ACJIS Terminal Operator Certification within six months of hire and maintain certification throughout the course of this assignment with the Department.
  • Must be able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute or equivalent keystrokes in CAD and/or other computer programs for accurate and timely information entry within six months of hire.
  • Holidays, weekends, irregular hours and shift work may be required with possible extension of shift hours, at times with short notice.
  • Limited travel is necessary.
  • 24 hour/7 day emergency dispatcher center operation setting.
  • Work is performed in a confined area with limited mobility.
  • May be required to sit for extended periods of time with limited or no breaks.