Cons: 12 hour shifts
Use a computer-aided dispatch system; receive emergency calls from the public requesting police, fire, medical or other emergency services. Determine the nature and location of the emergency; determine priorities, and dispatch police, fire ambulance or other emergency units as necessary and in accordance with established procedures. Receive and process 911 emergency calls, maintain contact with all units on assignment, maintain status and location of police and fire units. Monitor direct emergency alarms, answer non-emergency calls for assistance. Enter, update and retrieve information from a variety of computer systems. Receive requests for information regarding vehicle registration, driving records and warrants, and provides pertinent data. Monitor several complex public safety radio frequencies. Operate a variety of communications equipment, including radio consoles, telephones and computer systems. Typical work day is 12 hours. Ive learned alot and met many great people. I managed 3 people on a day to day basis. The hardest part of the job is not taking the job home with you when detrimental things has happened to a soldier. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to help others.