Public Safety Dispatcher I/Public Safety Dispatcher II - Colorado Springs, CO

January 8, 2019

Colorado Springs,CO

Public Safety Dispatcher I/Public Safety Dispatcher II


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CSPD (Colorado Springs Police Department) will be reviewing applications as needed to fill positions during the duration of this job posting. Applicants chosen to move forward in the selection process will be contacted by CSPD.

Depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected, this position will be filled at either the Public Safety Dispatcher I or Public Safety Dispatcher II level. The hiring salary for the Public Safety Dispatcher I is $3,581 to $4,299 and it is $3,903 to $4,686 for the Public Safety Dispatcher II.

Public Safety Dispatcher

Public Safety Dispatchers (dispatchers) receive calls for service on the computer, radio, or telephone and dispatch a variety of emergency equipment. They serve as a communication link in emergency situations until the situation is resolved; answer overflow emergency and non-emergency calls; provide emergency dispatch self-help; and make notification calls to police and fire staff, City departments, and other agencies on incidents as needed. Dispatchers provide on-the-job training for new communications personnel on radio dispatching, notify ambulances and dual fire responders where they are needed, continually evaluate calls for service and identify tasks and objectives then dispatch appropriate rescue, and follow-up on the safety status of police and fire personnel. Dispatchers process requests for wants/warrants through the CCIC (Colorado Crime Information Center) and the CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigations) network, monitor robbery alarm controls in areas with crime patterns, perform duties of an Emergency Response Technician as deemed necessary by the Public Safety Communications Supervisor, notify fire stations of street closures and sprinkler systems that are out-of-service, monitor the weather screen, and handle paging requests for administrative units. Dispatchers may perform supervisory duties during the absence of the Public Safety Communications Supervisor.

Dispatchers are expected to communicate effectively with the public and fire and police personnel using tact and good judgment especially during periods of extreme stress and time constraints; possess high memory retention and quick recall; possess the ability to type while talking on both the radio and telephone; make decisions under pressure; and effectively multi-task while maintaining a high degree of emotional self-control. 

We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of public safety dispatching and/or call taking protocols
  • Ability to comprehend critical information to ensure proper resources are dispatched
  • Ability to make quick and lucid decisions
  • Ability to accurately type 40 net words per minute
  • Ability to successfully pass the CritiCall testing series

Successful candidate will:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED supplemented by specialized training in dispatch communications or a related field
  • Have one year of full-time experience as an independent dispatcher or call taker in a public safety or emergency communication center
  • Possess, or obtain within three months of hire the following certifications: CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), CBI CCIC/NCIC (National Crime Information Center), CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services), Incident Command System 100, 700, and NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

NOTE: To be selected as a Public Safety Dispatcher II, you must possess, or obtain within twelve months of hire, and maintain EMD (Emergency Medical Dispatch), EPD (Emergency Police Dispatch), and EFD  (Emergency Fire Dispatch) certifications.

Ideal candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Experience working in a public safety setting, including public safety dispatch
  • Experience using CJIS, CCIC/NCIC, and computer-aided dispatch systems
  • Current CPR, EMD, EPD, and EFD certifications
  • Bilingual in Spanish

Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids: Fax, scanner, telephone, headset, workstation with moveable decks, ergonomic adjustable chairs, computer, and printer.

Specialized Computer Equipment and Software: Quick Response, CAD, CCIS/NCIC, CJIS, LERMS, ProQA, MS Office, Contact Map, twitter, Facebook, Citizen Observer, 3si, CSU database, and BOSS3.


Additional Information


This is a shift position that requires the ability to work varied hours and days in a closed, secure environment. 

This position requires the successful completion of a polygraph examination, an extensive background check, and other pre-employment assessments.

Applicants that have used marijuana within 18 months from the date of their application submission will not be eligible for hire. More information about the Colorado Springs Police Department's Marijuana Use Policy can be found at

Physical Demands: 
This position requires the ability to lift up to 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently.
Environmental Conditions 
Primary Work Environment - Office environment with moderate noise level from several sources creating constant activity.

This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

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Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
December 31, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.