To begin your career as a public safety dispatcher, please visit our employment portal for a list of current recruitments. The entry level public safety dispatcher I must be an open recruitment to submit an application. Employees of other Public Employee Agencies may apply at any time. Placer County has an automated job-application service called JOBS you will need to access to submit an application for position(s) you are interested in applying for.
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Please visit the Placer County Human Resources page to view the Public Safety Dispatcher job classification and current minimum requirements.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office follows the same selection standards for a Public Officer and employee outlined by California Penal Codes §832 and §832.05; Government Codes §1029 and §1031 and the California State Commission on California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), Regulations 11 CCR §1956-1960. In addition, our Agency follows the guidelines set forth by the State Commission on California Peace Officers Standards and Training’s (POST), Regulation 11 CCR §1959, when conducting a Pre-Employment background investigation. California Government Code, in part, specifies at a minimum every Public Officer and employee shall:
Our Dispatchers provide Law, Fire, and Emergency Medical Dispatch Services for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. They do this with integrity, compassion, command presence, and dedication to our Agency’s Mission Statement and Core Values. View job specifications and select the job title of Public Safety Dispatcher I/ II for the classification specifications which include examples of essential duties.
Our Agency values the knowledge and experience each lateral applicant has earned. Applications for employment under the Public Agency Eligibility List (PAEL) are continuously accepted. For information on lateral transfers from another agency, and to download forms, please visit our employment portal and look for the job title of “employees from other public agencies.” Here you will find the requirements for the lateral (PAEL - public agency eligibility list) process as well as required documents and application.
If our Agency is not currently accepting applications, you can submit an interest card for the position(s) you are seeking and the County’s Online job-application service (called JOBS) will electronically email a notification when the an application can be submitted. Interest cards stay on file for up to 12 months. To submit an interest card, sign up for “Notify me of New Job Openings”. Follow the instructions on submitting your interest. You can check any Job Group you are interested in. Please note Public Safety Dispatcher Positions are listed under “Public Safety/Law Enforcement”.
Each recruitment job bulletin will indicate the testing process for the open recruitment. Public Safety Dispatchers must be able to satisfy the POST selection standards by successfully completing a written examination and oral board interview prior to appointment. If your application is accepted, you will be notified via the email address provided on your application of the confirmed date and location prior to the scheduled examinations. Notification for each phase of the recruitment process will be by email. Please contact the Placer County Human Resources Department at 530-889-4060 with any email address changes for all applications submitted.
Within certain guidelines you can have your t-score transferred. Please contact Placer County Human Resources at 530-889-4060 prior to the application submittal deadline for each recruitment if you are interested in transferring your T-Score.
Selected candidates who are certified to the Sheriff’s Office may be scheduled for a series of Agency Panel Oral Interviews. Candidates selected from the outcome of the panel interviews will then meet with the Division Commander for a final determination. Our Agency is looking for exceptional candidates and will accept nothing less than your best in an interview. To ensure your success, you may want to utilize all available tools to prepare.
In addition to learning about our Agency and getting to know some of our Public Safety Dispatchers, the POST website has a variety of information on how to prepare for a job as a public safety dispatcher. Candidates that pass the Agency Interview will be required to complete a POST Personal History Statement and will be subject to a background investigation using POST guidelines. Upon receipt and review of the background report, a conditional offer of employment may be made, and the final candidates must then pass a Pre-Employment psychological and medical standards exam.
Our Agency’s Dispatch center is located at:Auburn Justice Center Building2995 Richardson DriveAuburn., CA 95603
All dispatchers new to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will go through a dispatch training program designed to teach the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in our communications center. In addition, all entry level public safety dispatchers must attend the POST Public Safety Dispatchers Basic Course where they will receive a minimum of 120 hours of course instruction prior to the completion of a probationary period. The course prepares each student for the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a public safety dispatcher within the law enforcement agency.
Some of the following pay incentives are negotiated items between the county and the union. These incentives can change with contract changes. We offer: