The UCF Police Department announced today that it will begin accepting applications for dispatcher positions on Friday, March 4.
The job posting will open this Friday and applications will be accepted for two weeks. UCFPD hopes to hire two new dispatchers, according to the press release.
The current dispatcher staff of 71 receives emergency calls for all 63,000 students and 11,000 employees and staff at UCF.
“Dispatchers are a critical lifeline both for victims and for our officers,” Brett Meade, a deputy chief at UCFPD, said in a press release. “Their role is valuable and crucial to achieve our mission of providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”
Dispatchers are responsible for gathering relevant information from callers and using that information to dispatch officers to the scene.
In addition to full salary and benefits, dispatchers are eligible for up to six hours of free tuition per semester. After applicants pass a background investigation and complete the hiring process, they will be subject to a full year of training to make sure they fully understand all aspects of safety and security at UCF, according to the press release.
Chris Walton, a junior criminal justice major, has been a dispatcher at UCFPD for two years. He said the best part of his job is the fact that he gets to help people.
"We are the first person they’ll hear," He said in a press release. "And that really resonates with somebody because we’re listening to their needs to try to understand what they’re going through.”
For more information on the position, go to police.ucf.edu/recruiting.
Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.