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Police Dispatcher I - On-Call

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Temporary, Part Time, Time Varies, Safety
Position Description

Job Summary

The Communications and Records section dispatches university police and other public safety personnel, and operates as the primary campus public safety answering point, using an enhanced 9-1-1 telephone system. The Police Dispatcher performs initial caller interrogation to determine the appropriate level of service needed in emergency situations and allocates appropriate personnel and resources to incidents. Fire and emergency medical response are initiated by the Police Dispatcher and are transferred to allied agencies. The Police Dispatcher offers pre-arrival patient-care instructions and performs other duties of emergency medical dispatch, using guidelines established by the appropriate Emergency Medical Services Agency. The Communications and Records section is also the central records repository for the University Police Department and the law enforcement-related portion of the Transportation & Parking Services section.

This is a 2 year on-call position. 

Department Summary

Under the administration of the Assistant Vice President/Chief of Police Public Safety, the University Police Department is responsible for the safety, health and well-being of the university community. The University Police Department consists of two divisions; an Operations Division managed by a Deputy Chief and Lieutenant, and a Support Division managed by an Associate Director. Communications and Records is within the Operations Division, which is supervised by a Communications and Records Coordinator, and is staffed-by 5 staff Police Dispatchers and 1-10 Hourly/On-Call staff Police Dispatcher.

Key Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of legal codes, restrictions, and requirements; procedures and techniques for receiving complaints and calls for service, and for dispatching and communicating with field units; information systems (CJIS, CLETS, DMV, DOJ, CSAR, Cal-Photo, CCPOR, NCIC, NLETS, T2 Parking system, and local warrant CJIS system); public safety-related agencies and field units/personnel; agency rules and procedures; and equipment operating procedures.
  • Ability to present, describe and summarize information orally using clear, concise and appropriate language in an organized manner and to derive the correct meaning from various types of information received orally (e.g. giving and understanding instructions, directions, descriptions, explanations, etc.). This includes competency in applying job-specific vocal and listening techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to use applicable computerized and automated dispatch and law enforcement systems and databases to enter, research and retrieve data as necessary.
  • Ability to effectively converse using police radio systems.

Education and Experience

Must possess a current P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatcher certificate within 1 year of employment (training costs covered by university).

High school diploma or equivalent.

Must be able to type 40 wpm.

Selected candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment background and fingerprinting check as well as a general medical examination, drug test, and hearing test.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $24.70 - $32.41 per hour

Classification Range: $20.22 - $36.31 per hour

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.  

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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