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Welcome

You have taken the first step in becoming a Public Safety Dispatcher

Full or Part-time

 

Nature of the Work

Police dispatchers, also called public safety dispatchers, monitor the location of emergency services personnel from any one or all of the jurisdiction’s emergency services departments. These workers dispatch the appropriate type and number of units in response to calls for assistance. Dispatchers, or call takers, often are the first people the public contacts when emergency assistance is required.

 

The applicant process is structured, rigorous, and detailed. It is designed to help select the applicants who are most qualified.

 

Requirements to be hired:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of hire
  • Candidates must be a United States citizen on or before the day of hire
  • On or before the day of hire, candidates must have successfully completed either:
             1. High school diploma, or
             2. GED equivalent
  • Candidates must possess a valid, Maryland State Drivers License on the day of hire
  • Candidates must pass a drug/alcohol screening
  • Candidates must pass all medical, physical, written psychological and oral psychological examinations
  • Candidates must pass a character and background investigation
  • Candidates must be Customer Service oriented

The following factors are some of those which would be cause for disqualification:

  • Any conviction of an offense which is punishable by one or more years imprisonment (felony)
  • Any repeated convictions of an offense which indicate a disrespect for the law, a lack of good moral character or disposition towards violence and disorder
  • Discharge from employment, where such discharge indicates poor behavior and/or an inability adjusting to discipline
  • A Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces
  • Persons convicted of a petit larceny

Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual clothing allowance—$300
  • Merit salary increase of up to 3%
  • Annual cost of living increases, as approved
  • Paid holidays—9
  • Health, life, and disability benefits for employee
  • Paid medical and annual leave
  • 401A and 457 Retirement Plans

 

Employment Application [PDF]

Portable Document Format (PDF) files may be viewed with a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

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