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DispatchWhat it Takes to Become a Folsom Police Dispatcher


  • Entry Level - Dispatcher I: Two years of full-time clerical experience involving substantial public contact. Experience in dealing with difficult or distressed individuals is desirable. Must be able to type 45 words per minute (WPM) and provide a typing certification with proof of typing skills with application. The certificate must be dated within the last year.
  • Lateral - Dispatcher II: One year of full-time dispatch experience with a governmental law enforcement agency. Duties routinely performed must be similar to those completed by dispatchers at the Folsom Police Department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Lateral - Dispatcher II: Must have current and valid POST Dispatcher Certificate.
  • Entry-Level - Dispatcher I: Must be able to type 45 WPM and provide a typing certification.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a California Class C driver's license by the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Requirements

  • Must be willing to work varied, rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Folsom Police Dispatchers are a vital part of our department and our community. Our ideal candidates would:

  • Remain calm, act quickly, and use good judgment under pressure.
  • Learn to effectively operate computer-aided dispatch systems, 911 telephone equipment, and radio equipment.
  • Interact with the public courteously, with patience, and a positive attitude.

Dispatcher Benefits

In addition to the benefit of working in a wonderful, supportive community, our dispatchers also receive:

  • Generous pay and benefits
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • Up to 10% for education incentive and certification pay for POST Dispatcher Certificate
  • Holiday In Lieu Pay
  • Bilingual Pay
  • CTO Pay