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How do you become a police dispatcher?

Ive been looking into it but I can't seem to find anything on getting started. Do you need a degree in criminal justice or a ceritfication? and what are the best schools (if needed) for police despatchers in California?

Asked By: Liz - 10/12/2007
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Check with your local law enforcement agencies for openings. Apply with them. A degree is usually not necessary, but they like for you to have some sort of call-taking experience, or experience working in stressfull situations. Most agencies will train you after your are hired. Some dispatch centers are very small with... More
Answered By: Put Jesus First - 10/12/2007
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i don't think this needs a degree- certainly not a particular degree. Sometimes the dispatcher is required to be a police officer, but i think that depends on the jurisdiction. You could go to your olcal police station and ask questions about how to do this, and if special training is needed.
Answered By: nickipettis - 10/12/2007
 
You should go down to your local police station, and ask one of the dispatchers, or any police officer (they'll be more than happy to guide you). All I know is you have to type 70 wpm here. Good Luck and take care. Q.L.
Answered By: Quantum Leap - 10/12/2007
 
There is no college degree needed, but at least an AA would look good on your res. Most police departments will train you but you will have to be certified through the city's PD on their training format for a dispatcher after this training... More
Answered By: Guitar57 - 10/12/2007
 
I am a dispatcher. I just applied at the local police department when the position came open. You don't have to have a degree (although it doesn't hurt) They will send you through the certification process once you are hired. To get hired you have to apply, take a written test, a multi-tasking test, pass the oral board... More
Answered By: Christine - 10/12/2007
 
You don't need a college degree to be a dispatcher, but it sure couldn't hurt. You'd probably make more $ is you did have a degree. You DO need an impeccably clean criminal background and, in most cases, a clean credit history, too (don't ask me why credit has ANYTHING to do with getting aj ob, I think it's BS, but... More
Answered By: awatchme - 10/12/2007
 
An AA in criminal law or police science will help. You need to know about penal codes and such. You also have to be able to type well. Speak clearly, and work well under high stress situations. It's not an easy job.
Answered By: Carl_the_Truth - 10/12/2007
 
Dispatching can be alot of fun, it's also very stressful, I was dispatching before I took my current job. Many community colleges that have a Criminal Justice or Administration of Justice program offer the P.O.S.T. Basic Dispatcher course, it's a two week course, and having it would definately put you ahead of other... More
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Answered By: trueblue3167 - 10/12/2007
 
sounds like very interesting position but wonder if you get suffled around alot in locations that might be something to ask alot of informent positions are part time and usually has alot of moving around switching in certain positions but being dispatcher may be a home base thing unless someone has restrictions and... More
Answered By: Robin C - 10/12/2007
 
Check employment listings on your state and local government websites. My agency only requires a high school diploma or GED, no secondary education is necessary. You do have to have a completely clean criminal history, as you will need to be certified to run programs such as NCIC and CJIS. Be aware that it's not a... More
Answered By: brandlet32 - 10/13/2007
 
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