Police Dispatcher Trainee

Homestead, FL
Homestead Police Department

Salary: $21.25 – $22.32 hourly.

Position Summary:

Work is performed under the direction of a Police Dispatcher I, II, III, IV, or V. Responsibilities will include receiving and screening telephone calls in a communications center by utilizing a computerized telephone system. Work performance is evaluated by observation of results obtained and reviewed through periodic oral and written reports. Upon successful completion of a 6-month training period, the Trainee will be promoted to Police Dispatcher I.

Police dispatchers are responsible for the accurate, rapid, and effective evaluation of, and response to, telephone calls for information and emergency requests for Police and Fire assistance, and for the accurate and timely dispatching of all messages over the radio network and recording of each transmission, according to police practices and within guidelines established by the Federal Communication Commission. It requires the operation of two-way radio transmitting equipment to law enforcement personnel. Work involves critical decision-making skills, relaying orders and information to and from police personnel, managing radio traffic, and operating computer and telecommunications equipment. Work is performed in accordance with prescribed law enforcement procedures and departmental regulations; however, independent judgment is exercised in determining the scope of dispatch for police units.

Essential Functions:

  • Receives telephone calls from the public relative to the reporting of accidents, alarms, crimes, disturbances of the peace, suspicious persons, emergency illnesses, and a variety of unusual incidents.
  • Evaluates the need for police assistance by determining the exact nature of the incident, geographic location, governmental jurisdiction, and, if required, priority code to be used in dispatching units to the scene.
  • Receives and answers requests for information from other law enforcement agencies, ambulance companies, hospitals, automobile wreckers, and the general public.
  • Prioritizes calls for service, selectively assigning and dispatching of police emergency and non-emergency calls via radio communication technology.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks simultaneously, using judgment to make operational decisions based on information regarding available units and calls holding within policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Maintains constant knowledge of location and status of mobile units.
  • Monitors radio traffic; places call for aid and assistance to other mobile units, fire, and ambulance services.
  • Operates teletype communications, sends messages to other law enforcement agencies, requests and receives information relevant to police operations. Reviews pages of various data-based documentation to determine the existence of outstanding pick-up orders, misdemeanor and felony warrants, validity of driver’s licenses, and the status of stolen vehicles, vessels, articles, vehicle and vessel registrations, firearm permits, and criminal backgrounds to relay to field units.
  • Telephones automobile wrecker companies to request removal service at the scene of traffic accidents.
  • Safeguards assigned equipment.
  • Maintains listing of emergency telephone numbers.
  • Monitors all fire alarm calls; dispatches police unit to scene.
  • Participates in internal staff meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties as required by supervisor.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or its equivalency.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays.
  • Bilingual is desirable.
  • Must be able to type approximately 30 w.p.m. Basic computer knowledge is preferred.
  • An educational background including office skills would be helpful.
  • No felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.
  • Must take and pass a computer-based skills and abilities test, which will evaluate the ability to follow verbal and written instructions, decision-making, data entry, data entry from audio, cross-referencing from audio, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • As a condition of continued employment, the ability to handle stressful emergency communications will be assessed during the training and probationary period.
  • Must have a valid Florida Driver’s License with a clean driving record.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, criminal history screening, a psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and a Driver’s License review.