SACRAMENTO, Calif. – During statewide, national, or even global emergencies, public safety dispatchers provide a calm, professional voice and an essential link for the California Highway Patrol and the public. To highlight their service, the CHP and other law enforcement agencies are recognizing National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 12-18, 2020.
“Telecommunications professionals continue to provide an indispensable service for public safety,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “With recent events, now more than ever, our telecommunications personnel are the first point of contact to those in need or peril.”
The CHP employs more than 700 public safety dispatchers in its 24 Communications Centers throughout the state. In times of crisis, a dispatcher must instantly determine the correct response to ensure the safety of all parties involved. They are also in constant communication with patrol officers, looking up license plates, driver license numbers, and running criminal record checks on wanted subjects.
The CHP is looking to hire qualified people to fill dispatch vacancies. We currently have more than 150 approved vacancies statewide for the position of public safety dispatcher.