Public Safety Dispatcher-In-Training

City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

Full-time$77,000 - $85,000 a year

Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity

A complete application packet will consist of a City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the required supplemental questions, a current (dated within one year of application) T-Score of 55 or higher on the POST Entry-level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery, and a current (dated within one year of application) typing certificate verifying 35 or more net words per minute. Please note: on-line typing tests are not accepted. You must complete an in-person typing test given and signed by a proctor.
For more information on how to obtain and submit a typing certificate, please contact the Human Resources front desk at (408) 730-7490 or via email to

Under supervision and in a trainee capacity, processes emergency and non-emergency calls for service; dispatches police, fire-fighting, medical, rescue, animal control or other emergency equipment, by telephone or radio, utilizing complex technical aids, such as computer aided dispatch systems (CAD); and, performs other related duties as assigned.


Public Safety Dispatcher-In-Training is the entry and trainee level in the public safety dispatcher series. Under close supervision, incumbents are trained in dispatching techniques, equipment and protocols. Work assignments change frequently in order to facilitate training. Employees are subject to daily and weekly observation reports until they demonstrate the ability to perform independently. This classification is distinguished from the higher level Public Safety Dispatcher in that the latter is the fully trained, journey level classification in the series.

This is an alternately staffed classification. Public Safety Dispatcher-In-Training incumbents are required to achieve the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to advance to the Public Safety Dispatcher level within the twelve month probationary period.

For complete job description, please click here: Job Description

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
Dispatches public safety personnel and equipment on both routine and emergency calls utilizing a computer aided dispatch system, multiple video display terminals, radio dispatching consoles and related equipment.
Answers the telephone and receives 9-1-1, emergency and non-emergency requests for assistance, evaluates the information provided and creates a CAD system event, relays information to other jurisdictions or provides information for the caller; processes and prioritizes incoming calls.
Monitors and maintains status of public safety personnel and equipment; analyzes situations accurately and takes effective action to help ensure officer safety; may initiate the reassignment of fire equipment to ensure adequate city-wide fire protection.
Inquires, interprets, verifies, receives, and disseminates information from law enforcement computer networks, such as wanted persons, stolen property, vehicle registration, and all points bulletins.
Provides Emergency Medical, Fire and/or Police Dispatching Services, including pre-arrival and post-dispatch instructions.
Provides the public with basic instructions to safeguard persons in hazardous situations prior to the arrival of trained emergency personnel.
Maintains familiarity with major roads, streets, areas, and industrial and public facilities within the city limits.
Maintains records of all calls received and prepares reports of critical incidents; performs routine clerical work associated with the assignment.

Work is performed in a structured and often stressful work environment that includes structured breaks and lunch schedules. Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading documents and computer screens, and the ability to distinguish and interpret the meaning of colors on video display terminals. The position requires the ability to view multiple video display terminals for extended periods of time in low light. Acute hearing sufficient to distinguish and comprehend simultaneous communications from several sources is required, as is the ability to speak in a clear and distinct manner and carry on multiple conversations while distinguishing background radio communications. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper, books and documents weighing up to 10 pounds is also required. Work is performed in a confined area and incumbents wear a headset, which restricts physical movement about the work area. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Graduation from high school or tested equivalent, AND

One year of work experience providing customer service to the public.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of:
Effective customer service techniques.

Some Knowledge of:
Office practices, methods and equipment, including a computer and a variety of word processing and other software applications.
Proper record-keeping techniques.

Ability to:
Learn to operate a computer-aided dispatch system with sufficient speed and accuracy to document field activity and create calls for dispatch within response criteria guidelines.
Learn to analyze situations accurately and take effective action to assure officer and citizen safety.
Learn to accurately enter information into the computer aided dispatch system while simultaneously receiving information by phone or radio.
Learn to extract information or data from multiple video terminal displays which dynamically update.
Learn and apply Department of Public Safety telephone answering techniques, policies and procedures.
Learn the primary roads, streets, highways, major buildings and public facilities within the city limits, and memorize names and locations.
Maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and work quickly and accurately under pressure in emergency situations.
Communicate clearly and distinctly using radio and telephone equipment.
Communicate clearly and concisely in English, both orally and in writing.
Read and interpret policies, procedures, protocols and maps.
Maintain accurate records and spell correctly.
Follow oral and written instructions.
Type at a rate of 35 net words per minute.
Work independently and as a member of a team.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Deal tactfully with the public and with others and ensure that the City's philosophy of excellent customer service is understood and carried out in all forms of communication.
Work in a highly structured environment where all communications or work are recorded or documented as public record.
Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:
Work any shift, on any day, including irregular hours on short notice.
Complete both Fire and Police Dispatch certification courses, approved by the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch, within one year of appointment or in accordance with an extended time-line as approved by management.
Wear a uniform.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Completion of a Basic Police Dispatcher certification course approved by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training organization (POST) within one year of appointment.

Possession of a POST Public Safety Dispatcher certificate within 18 months of appointment.

Completion of Emergency Medical Dispatch certification courses, approved by the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch, within one year of appointment, and subsequent continued maintenance of Emergency Medical Dispatch certification.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a complete City of Sunnyvale application with responses to the supplemental questions, a current (dated within one year of application) T-Score of 55 or higher received on the POST Entry-level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery, and a current (dated within one year of application) typing certificate verifying at least 35 net words per minute (online typing tests are not accepted) to the Department of Human Resources.

Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at, Search: City Jobs or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Click here for more information about the POST Dispatcher Test at, The Academy – South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium: POST Dispatcher Training Level FAQs

For more information on how to obtain and submit a typing certificate, please click here or follow the link to


Applications will be screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next stage of the recruitment process, which will consist of a CritiCall test on a future date to be determined. Those candidates that receive a passing score on the test will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).


Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, psychological exam, as well as medical exam(s) including an alcohol/drug screening administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.


Any successful candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).


To be considered for this opportunity, eligible current employees must have an overall rating of competent on the most recent performance evaluation.

This position is represented by the Communications Officers Association (COA)

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), religious creed, color, sex (includes gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, family relationship, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.