Honolulu police to hire radio dispatchers

Honolulu Police Department

If you’re good at multitasking and can handle a lot of stress, the Honolulu Police Department wants you.

The department’s communication division has several vacancies, including 10 radio dispatchers.

“Some of the qualities of good police radio dispatchers include a strong willingness desire to help others, especially in emergency and critical situations,” said Capt. Allan Nagata. “Most importantly, when seeking and looking for qualified individuals, we want those individuals who will provide good customer service, in other words service with aloha.”

Dispatchers field roughly a million 911 calls each year.

“Within those calls for service, some of them are for police, fire and ambulance. Sometimes they’re for poison control or suicide crisis centers,” Nagata said, “so if you join and become a HPD dispatcher, you’ll be ready to work.”

A police radio dispatcher is different from a 911 emergency response operator who would receive, screen and route telephone requests for 911 emergency assistance.

Under close supervision, entry-level dispatchers undergo training in the use of computerized police telephone and radio dispatching equipment, receive telephone complaints and other requests for police assistance, summarize the necessary facts and forward them to higher-level dispatchers.

They receive a salary of $2,810 per month.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent, a citizen, national or permanent resident alien of the United States or a non-citizen eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment.

Applications must be submitted online only by Jan. 22 and qualified candidates will be required to take a written test on Saturday, March 21.

Interested parties can attend an information session on Tuesday, Jan 20, 6-8 p.m., at the Honolulu Police Department Museum at 801 S. Beretania Street. Click here to sign up online.

For more information, visit JoinHonoluluPD.org.

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