Communication Officer Career Path

CSP Communication Officer

Becoming a Communication Officer with the Colorado State Patrol is a highly rewarding career path for individuals interested in making a direct impact in the lives of others on a daily basis. Communication Officers are non-sworn telecommunication specialists who provide a life-line to law enforcement officers from the many different agencies for whom the CSP provides dispatch services.

Duties/Responsibilities

Communication Officers are trained to operate highly complex computers and communications equipment. They provide information and assistance to the citizens of Colorado and those visiting our state. Communications Officers must make decisions that are critical to the outcome of emergency situations. The information that is provided by them to field personnel is necessary for appropriate enforcement action and is often vital to officer safety.

Communication Officers work independently and are under continuous public scrutiny. They must consistently work with citizens from various socio-ethnic backgrounds, often in very stressful situations. Communication Officers must be able to empathize with others and provide a calm and professional response even when under extreme duress. Communications Officers must have strong listening skills and be able to prioritize job duties, often in an environment where multiple emergency situations occur simultaneously.

Communication Officer positions are typically filled at two levels:

State Services Professional Trainee I (Communications/Dispatch)

An entry level position that requires no dispatching experience.

Police Communication Officer Technician

A position that requires at least one year of police dispatching experience.

Training

The Communication Officer training program varies in length from 12-23 weeks depending on the complexity of the communication center. The length of training may also be shortened depending on previous dispatching experience.

Training Consists Of:

  • Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • Telephone Techniques
  • Receiving and dispatching emergency calls
  • 10-Codes
  • Phonetic Alphabet
  • CCIC/NCIC
  • Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) where applicable

Areas of Special Emphasis:

  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Confidentiality

Position Requirements

Entry (Trainee) level – Must be 18 years of age, must be a Colorado resident, have a high school diploma or a G.E.D., type approximately 4,044 KPH, be willing and able to work nights, weekends and holidays, be able to communicate fluently in English and have a clear speaking voice.

Technician – Must be 18 years of age, must be a Colorado resident, have a high school diploma or a G.E.D., type approximately 4,044 KPH, be willing and able to work nights, weekends and holidays, be able to communicate fluently in English and have a clear speaking voice. This level also requires a minimum of ONE YEAR of full-time police or emergency services communication experience in operating, telephones, radio consoles and computer terminals to receive, record, and transmit police communications.

Other Requirements
Applicants must be willing to be fingerprinted and must be able to pass an extensive background investigation, polygraph examination, and drug test. If you have used any illegal drugs in the past five years, or have been convicted of a felony, or have a DUI, DWAI, DUID or Habitual Traffic Offender conviction within the last three years, you will be disqualified and will not be hired.

Potential applicants should e-mail Gina Jaquez, Human Resources Representative, with any questions.

 

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