Police Dispatcher

Montclair, CA
Montclair Police Department

Salary: $57,180.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under supervision, receives and transmits emergency public safety messages by telephone, voice radio, and alarm signals, and performs related duties as required. Must work alternating shifts including some weekends and holidays.

Essential Functions:

  • Secures and records information as to the exact location and circumstances of emergencies;
  • Uses voice radio to dispatch necessary equipment in accordance with predetermined plan, and notifies supervisor on duty;
  • Keeps radio contact with officers on assignment;
  • Keeps supervising officers informed of situations; maintains communication liaison with other agencies;
  • Studies and is familiar with locations of streets, buildings, and patrol beats;
  • Performs miscellaneous clerical duties.


  • Police office practices and procedures and basic radio and telephone communications. Knowledge of geography of Montclair desirable.
  • Operate radio, telephone, and teletype equipment; work any shift (rotating every four months), or day of the week; reason and react effectively in emergency situations; cooperate with others; apply procedures for handling unique problems; work under pressure and shift suddenly to new tasks when priorities change; work rapidly and accurately with names, numbers, codes, and symbols; exercise good judgment with a memory for details; recognize and keep information confidential; and speak clearly and distinctly.
  • High School graduate or G.E.D.; one year responsible general clerical, communication, or public service experience. Candidates who have not completed the POST Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course prior to employment will be sent to the course during the first year of appointment as a dispatcher.
  • Type 40 Net Words Per Minute (WPM).