How to Select a Police Dispatcher School
A potential police dispatcher can choose a criminal justice technology program through a public safety or related degree program, like safety studies. Some technical schools offer 6-month police dispatcher certificate programs. Students can get an idea of a program's quality by considering the instructors, who are often listed on a prospective school's website. Local law enforcement professionals and community leaders dealing with criminology are involved in day-to-day work in public service, and many also teach police dispatcher or public safety courses. They receive and may pass on up-to-date information on advances in police technology and law.
Consider the following when looking for a police dispatcher program:
- Look into the length of the course as both 2-year and 4-year programs are available to obtain the necessary qualifications in this field and the scope of training because a police dispatcher needs to deal with the same unforeseeable issues that the police deal with and a variety of experiences are beneficial.
- Check whether you are going to get appropriate training with the course that you are considering, including relevant internship or on-the-job training opportunities to go along with local law enforcement agencies, shadowing police dispatchers and other professionals.
10 Schools with Police Dispatcher Programs
|Oakland Community College||2-year, Public|
|Tarrant County College||2-year, Public|
|Arapahoe Community College||2-year, Public|
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year, Public|
|Portland Community College||2-year, Public|
|Mesa Community College||2-year, Public|
|Eastern Florida State College||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|South Texas College||2-year, Public|
|Central Piedmont Community College||2-year, Public|
|Glendale Community College||2-year, Public|