Police Dispatcher



100 W California Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555


The City of Ridgecrest is looking for qualified applicants who are interested in a fast-paced, rewarding career as a Police Dispatcher. This position offers you a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and the ability to be a part of a cohesive team environment.

Police Dispatchers do skilled technical work in the operation of telecommunications and computer-aided dispatch (CAD) equipment to provide a vital communications link between emergency response units in the field, and locations where emergency assistance is requested by the public.

A Dispatcher performs law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical dispatch, and rescue-related telecommunications dispatch work in the City's 9-1-1 communications center.  Duties include:

  • Operate computer aided dispatch systems, multi-line telecommunications and radio communications equipment to receive requests for emergency public safety assistance.
  • Determine the type and level of response necessary.
  • Accomplish timely and effective dispatch of emergency response units.
  • Monitor response and safety of responding units.
  • Retrieve supplemental information from other local, state, and federal information systems.  

The work is performed in accordance with prescribed communication center dispatch policies, procedures, and practices, and under the general direction of assigned supervisory staff.  Dispatchers are required to work shift work that may include nights, days, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Education and Experience

No prior experience as a Public Safety Dispatcher is required to apply. 

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Graduation from high school, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a California Proficiency Certificate.
  • At least one year of work experience performing clerical, receptionist, or public contact duties, preferably within a police or other public safety agency.

Other Requirements

  • Successfully complete the P.O.S.T Basic Dispatcher course within six (6) month of employment.
  • Must be available to work overtime, holidays, weekends, and off-hour shifts.
  • May be required to work extended shifts in relief or emergency situations.
  • May be assigned to attend off-site training in lieu of assigned duties.
  • Must be able to work a 3-4-day/12-hour schedule.
  • All Dispatchers wear a police department provided uniform.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a comprehensive pre-employment background, polygraph, drug screen and psychological investigation.

Selection Process

Interested individuals are highly encouraged to apply today!  The City will review all application materials and the most highly qualified will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the recruitment process and the Chief of Police will make a final recommendation for appointment.

To be considered for this recruitment you must submit BOTH documents with your application:

  • A typing certificate verifying 40 or more net words per minute that is dated within one year.

If you are currently employed as a dispatcher, you do not need to submit these documents with your application.