Radio Dispatcher

Receive complaints from public concerning crimes and police emergencies.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Radio Dispatchers do?

Receives complaints from public concerning crimes and police emergencies, broadcasts orders to police radio patrol units in vicinity to investigate complaint, and relays instructions or questions from remote units. Records calls broadcast and complaints received. In some municipalities coordinates all police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency requests, relaying instructions to radio unit concerned. May make operating adjustments to transmitting equipment where station is not automatic and be required to hold federal license. May transmit and receive messages between divisions of own agency and other law enforcement agencies. May monitor silent alarm system to detect illegal entry into business establishments. May contact POLICE OFFICERS I 375.263-014 and GUARDS, SCHOOL-CROSSING 371.567-010 to verify assignment locations.


Should I be a Radio Dispatcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Fire Dispatcher, Police Radio Dispatcher

    How to become a Radio Dispatcher

    Most Radio Dispatchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pacaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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