Public Safety Dispatcher - Lateral, Petaluma, California

Created 11/25/2021
Reference 479846
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Petaluma
Salary $69,347.20 - $84,364.80 Annually
Summary/Class Characteristics

Working With Our Community To Provide Professional Police Services Since 1858

Public Safety Dispatcher
- Lateral

This recruitment is for Lateral Public Safety Dispatcher (Full-time and temporary part-time/per-diem) candidates with prior experience only. Full-time positions receive benefits and are represented. Temporary part-time/per-diem positions are not allocated, are unrepresented and do not receive benefits. Part-time hours vary depending on need and typically do not exceed 20 hours per week. To be considered for this recruitment, candidates must have at least one year of dispatcher experience and have completed a California POST Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course.

Special Pays as a Full Time Public Safety Dispatcher:
  • Uniform Allowance: $260 annually
  • POST Dispatcher Certificate Pay: 1.5% for POST Intermediate Dispatcher Certificate, 3% for POST Advanced Dispatcher Certificate.
  • Bilingual Pay: up to $200 per month
  • Public Safety Dispatcher Trainer: 5% as assigned
  • Shift Differential: 3% if assigned to swing shift, 5% if assigned to graveyard shift
  • Longevity Pay: 5% after 15 years of service with the City

Benefits as a Full Time Public Safety Dispatcher:
  • CalPERS Retirement: 2% at 60 for "classic" members, 2% at 62 for new members.
  • CalPERS Health Program: City pays 95% of Bay Area Kaiser rate premium for employee and eligible dependents
  • Dental/Vision/Life/LTD Insurance: paid 100% by City
  • Holiday Pay: 156 hours per year
  • Sick Leave: earn 96 hours per year with unlimited accrual
  • Compensatory Time Off Bank: earn hours at 1.5 times actual hours worked up to 240 hours
  • Vacation Time: earn 80-200 hours per year depending on years of service
  • Cash in Lieu of Medical/Dental Benefits: receive 50% of Kaiser Bay Area premium and Dental premium as cash payment (with proof of other insurance for employee and eligible dependents)

Please Note (updated April 11, 2022)
In order to ensure the City fulfills its primary function of protecting the health and safety of our community and employees, the City of Petaluma has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All City of Petaluma employees are required to comply with the provisions of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy. Therefore, any candidate selected to move forward in the selection process, as a condition of employment, will be required to either: (1) provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (p roof of vaccination means being fully vaccinated according to the latest criteria established by federal and local public health agencies); or (2) submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

The Petaluma Police Department
Petaluma Police Department is dedicated to providing the best law enforcement services to the community and it prides itself on community involved programs. Petaluma has a population of approximately 61,000 and encompasses nearly 14 square miles situated 40 miles north of San Francisco Bay Area on U.S. 101, and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Police Department staffing includes 84.5 full time employees, including one Chief, one Deputy Chief, four Lieutenants, nine Sergeants, fifty Officers, and other support staff, including the Communications Unit (Dispatch). In addition, the department has K-9 Officers, Traffic Unit, Motorcycle Patrol, SWAT Team, Investigations Unit, and Reserve Community Service Officer Program (Volunteer). The Petaluma Police Department is proactive in Community Oriented Policing Philosophy.

The Communications Unit is comprised of a supervisor, 9 full-time, 2 job-share, 1 permanent part-time dispatcher positions. The Petaluma Police Department is a member of the Sonoma County consortium which uses a shared CAD/RMS system. Full Time Dispatchers typically work a 4/10 schedule (4 days per week/10 hours per day). Part Time (Per Diem) Dispatchers are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per month.


The duties, skills, and demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential duties, skills, and demands.
  • Receive 911 emergency and non-emergency calls for service; evaluate the nature of the emergency; enter information into computer terminals; determine appropriate response level, priority and type of resources required, dispatch police, fire, and medical personnel and equipment; update and monitor information related to the event.
  • Monitor radio traffic and request for services, relay information and/or instructions to personnel, work with other agencies and coordinate mutual response radio traffic.
  • Maintain records of calls for service using the computer aided dispatch system; maintain and access business and premise history files for emergency and other necessary contacts.
  • Process and enter citations into the records management system and perform related clerical duties.
  • Operate in-house and radio paging systems.
  • Monitor closed-circuit security cameras.
  • Assist citizens at the Police Station after business hours. Coordinate responses to after hour emergency calls for City services.
  • May provide new employees with an orientation to City dispatch procedures and services.
  • May be required to provide court testimony.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Modern office practices and procedures, computers, and software applications.
  • Proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Alphabetic, chronological, and numeric filing systems.
  • Effective communication techniques.
  • Community resources.
  • City and surrounding geography.
Education and Experience
Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:

Education :
Equivalent to graduation from high school. Related college course work desirable.

Experience :
One (1) year of experience in public safety and/or fire dispatching in a 911 center is required.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use the computer keyboard and mouse, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; stand, walk, and stoop, or crouch. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee will work in an office environment where the noise level is usually moderate.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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