Learn to receive 9-1-1 calls, assess the calls, record information, and redirect the calls to an appropriate agency or a Sheriff's dispatcher. First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), FCIC/NCIC, and valid State of Florida 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator certifications must be obtained during the probationary period.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
Note for Trainees: Trainees are expected to learn the following duties while in a trainee status.
- Receive 9-1-1 calls, quickly and calmly assess the situation, enter information into the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for law enforcement dispatch, and/or redirect them to specific or alternate emergency responding agencies or departments.
- Connect conference calls involving two or more parties to render timely emergency assistance and initiate emergency callbacks to obtain additional information or to follow-up on disconnected calls.
- Create reports to identify incorrect location information received through the Automatic Location Information system in order to initiate corrective actions.
- Pinpoint the location of emergency/non-emergency calls initiated from landlines or cellular phones using a Global Positioning System (GPS).
- Research local, state, and federal law enforcement databases when information dictates or when requested to verify outstanding warrants, location history information, and other information and provide the information to the responding officer prior to arriving at the emergency location.
- Type memoranda and report, duplicate or edit emergency call recordings in response to court subpoenas and public records requests, and testify in court in order to provide an accurate account of information received from emergency/non-emergency calls for assistance.
- Maintain records and reports including shift reports and operational logs.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Some knowledge of 9-1-1 system, effective communication techniques, audio communication equipment operation, and law enforcement terminology.
- Some knowledge of Agency policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Some knowledge of computerized mapping systems and related software use and application.
- Ability to respond to emergency situations in a calm and controlled manner.
- Ability to accurately assess emergency information and make correct decisions.
- Ability to operate computerized telephone equipment.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to follow oral and written instruction and to follow established procedures.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions and maintain confidential information.
- Ability to accurately sort, file, and retrieve material using alphabetical, numerical, or chronological systems.
- Willingness to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Willingness to perform duties at temporary emergency command centers and locations during periods of local, state, and national emergencies.
Required Minimum Education & Experience
- A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
Required Pre-Employment Testing
- A passing score on pre-employment testing.
Additional Job Requirements
- Mandatory attendance to the job assignment location is required. Failure to report to the location in accordance with Sheriff's Office Standard Operating Procedures may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
- Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.