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How to break into the Police Dispatching career?

I'm interested and am looking into getting a job as a police dispatcher. I see a lot of departments require relevant experience. How does one get experience dispatching? what are some good ways to get experience? Seems like a lot of agencies require at least a year of experience...Just wondering if experience is really necessary and how to get initial experience...also, if I don't have any is there pretty much no chance of moving to the next step? p.s. I live in Southern California by the way, think Orange County...

Asked By: mormantie - 6/24/2007
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Do not waste your own time and money on any kind of training. The agency that hires you will provide all of that training for you... More
Answered By: the_mr911 - 6/24/2007
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Sorry, you said "think Orange county"...but check with the local police dept. and ASK......THEY will tell you what, where, when you can check this out..there are usually classes available, like where I am from, and that will lead you to what you need to do.....Good Luck
Answered By: kiya12bc - 6/24/2007
 
He he. You used "break in" and "police" in the same sentence. Ironic don't you think?
Answered By: utahmike42 - 6/24/2007
 
No need for experience. What you'll need is a quick wit. Look everyone in the eye and answer questions bing, bam boom. No hesitation. Even if your wrong start talking right away. Hesitation will kill your career.
Answered By: been there - 6/24/2007
 
Either call or go to the nearest police department and speak with them as they will be able to give you the best information on this. They will be your best help with being able to tell you exactly what your are going to need. Best of luck to you in pursuing your new career.
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Answered By: Cindy - 6/24/2007
 
Breaking into police dispatch is similar to breaking into any field that doesn't require specialized training; e.g., becoming a doctor. EVERYONE wants experience, but everyone isn't necessarily in a position to demand it. In other words, as long as supply (the number of applicants) is higher than demand (the number... More
Answered By: Just_One_Man's_Opinion - 6/24/2007
 
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