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Public Safety Dispatcher-Lateral

City of Irvine, CA
$67,433.60 - $106,038.40 Annually
United States, California, Irvine
1 Civic Center Plaza (Show on map)
April 15, 2024


The Irvine Police Department is seeking Lateral Public Safety Dispatchers to join our team.
Lateral Dispatcher Salary is competitive, and negotiable based on experience.
Public Safety Dispatchers designated as a Communications Training Officer
will be paid an additional six percent (6%) of the employee's base rate of pay.
Tactical Dispatchers on SWAT earn 1.5% collateral pay.
To qualify as a Lateral Public Safety Dispatcher, candidates must:

  • Possess a POST Public Safety Dispatcher Certificate
  • Successfully completed a probationary period within a California public safety agency or have one full year of Dispatcher experience at a Public Safety agency within the last four years at time of hire.
  • Typing Ability: Net speed of 40 wpm
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
All Dispatchers will be hired as a Public Safety Dispatcher I and promoted to a Public Safety Dispatcher II after successfully passing training and probation.
Find more information here:
Expedited Hiring Process
Verified Lateral Dispatcher candidates will be waived through the Criticall and NTN Exams as well as an expedited background investigation upon passing an oral interview.

Make a difference in your community as a Public Safety Dispatcher and join a first-class department who embodies integrity, quality service, accountability and respect. Public Safety Dispatchers are the primary link between the public and police officers receiving 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls.

Your Impact:
  • Evaluate incoming calls to determine the appropriate action.
  • Receive and dispatch calls for the Animal Services Operation.
  • Find additional information in the job description.

Work Environment:
  • The position is required to work a "3/13 schedule" (three 13-hour shifts) per week with paid meal breaks.
  • Public Safety Dispatchers are required to work holidays and weekends, as well as evening, night, and early morning shifts.
  • Rotating through graveyard shifts is required annually.
  • Official uniforms must be worn.
  • Chain of command oriented.

Looking for:
  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills.
  • Team-oriented individuals.
  • Ability to work alternating schedules.
  • Ability to remain calm and focused in high stress environments.
  • Desire to make a difference by helping others.

All applicants must be able to pass the Public Safety background check process.
This includes, but is not limited to, the review of legal documents, police and driving records, credit profile, motor vehicle insurance, vehicle operation, prior employment records, and performance reviews. Information about the public safety background process may be found at our Police Department Employment page.

The City
Irvine is recognized as one of America's Best Places to Live, according to Money Magazine . The City of Irvine has the distinction of being one of the safest cities in the United States with a population of more than 100,000, based upon FBI statistics on violent crime.

Your Team
The is a full-service public safety agency that provides several special program areas including Emergency Management, Crime Prevention, DARE, School Resource Officer, K-9s, Traffic Enforcement, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, General Investigation, Crime Scene Investigation, Special Investigation (vice & narcotics), and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

The Process
The selection process will include an examination and conduct a background investigation prior to appointment. This recruitment may establish an eligibility list to fill future positions in similar and/or lower classifications within the organization.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We encourage you to inform Human Resources at least two business days prior to the first phase of the selection process if you have a disability that may require an accommodation.

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