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Public Orientation Thursday January 24th
Kern Back In Business: BPD looking for new dispatchers
Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 22:50:06-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield Police is looking to recruit new dispatchers in their emergency communication center.

Tamia Smith, who's the communication center supervisor, said they need seven to ten people to answer the emergency phone calls per shift. On average they receive between 2,000 to 2,500 calls a day.

Starting salary for a Bakersfield Police dispatcher ranges from $16 dollars an hour to $22 dollars an hour. Smith said qualifications include, having a G.E.D., being over 18 years old, being able to type at least 35 words per minute, being able to multitask under pressure and being able to pass a background check.

If you'd like more information about becoming a BPD dispatcher, Bakersfield Police is hosting a public orientation on Thursday January 24th inside City Council Chambers.

For more information about how to apply visit the job posting here.