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Pinellas beefing up school police dispatcher job



Pinellas County Schools is tweaking the job description for its police dispatcher — a key figure when a school's in the middle of an emergency situation.

The qualifications for the job used to only list a high school diploma (or GED), communication and listening skills, and the willingness to work flexible hours. But the language that's on the docket to be added speaks to increased standards at a time when everyone's eying school security:

Must be able to remain calm in emergency situations and use sound judgment. Must pass an extensive background investigation. Law enforcement certification by FDLE (Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement) using FCIC (Florida Crime Information Center), NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and NLETS (International Public Safety Network) within 6 months of employment, and certification as a 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator, both certifications require a minimum of 3 years law enforcement/911 emergency dispatching experience prior to 2009.

More changes, after the jump.

The job description would also change to add that a "preferred candidate" would have a "strong background and experience in customer service/related stressful situations."

Previous experience as a police dispatcher would also be newly listed as desirable. Added "essential tasks" include processing subpoenas and police reports, and searching data bases for offices who request criminal information.

The dispatcher reports directly to the schools police chief. Read the full job description and proposed changes here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 1:39pm]


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