Law Enforcement Technician: Job Description and Requirements

Learn about the education and preparation needed to become a law enforcement technician. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about schooling options, job duties and requirements to find out if this is the career for you.

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Law enforcement technicians usually have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants with an associate's degree or some postsecondary training may be preferred. Law enforcement technicians also need to pass a background check, a drug test, a fitness exam and a written exam.

Essential Information

Law enforcement technicians communicate with field units and other emergency services in order to support police officers. Generally, prospective candidates must have finished high school or attained a GED equivalent. Some employers may prefer candidates who have an associate's degree; certificate programs are also available. Because law enforcement technicians work closely with police authorities, they must be able to pass both drug screenings and background checks.

Required Education High school diploma or GED; certificates in law enforcement are available, though an associate's degree may be preferred by employers
Other Requirements Clean background check and drug screening
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* -3% for all police, fire and ambulance dispatchers
Median Salary (2015)* $38,010 for all police, fire and ambulance dispatchers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Law Enforcement Technician Job Description

Law enforcement technicians have two primary roles, which include dispatching units and acting as facility managers. As dispatchers, technicians may field incoming calls, assess the appropriate response and dispatch units to respond. Technicians support responding officers by communicating with other law enforcement agencies and emergency services in order to advise responding units of potential issues. Additionally, technicians assist investigations by gathering, logging and examining official records and data.

As office managers, law enforcement technicians monitor inventories, schedule maintenance and provide office security. Technicians are responsible for re-stocking supplies, ensuring that vehicles are serviced and keeping records of service and mileage. Additionally, technicians may have administrative, clerical and warehousing duties including filing reports, entering data and storing evidence or property. In some environments, technicians may also be responsible for monitoring personnel and restricting access to unauthorized use.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), police, fire and ambulance dispatchers earned a median annual salary of $38,010 in May 2015 (www.bls.gov). The BLS estimated that employment for these workers would decline 3% between 2014 and 2024.

Law Enforcement Technician Requirements

Educational requirements can vary based on position; however, according to job postings in November 2010 on Monster.com, most require applicants to have at least completed high school or obtained their GED equivalent. Some employers prefer candidates who have an associate's degree or have completed a specific number of related undergraduate coursework.

Other employers may substitute several years of public service or law enforcement experience in lieu of academic coursework. Although not required for employment, law enforcement technician certificates are offered traditionally or online by colleges, universities, trade schools and professional organizations.

Prior to hire, applicants may be required to pass a fitness, background and drug test, as well as a written examination. Additionally, many employers prefer prospective candidates who have a valid driver's license and are able to lift over 25 pounds.

When someone dials 911, a law enforcement technician is the person who will answer the phone. They obtain information about the emergency, determine the appropriate response, and alert the appropriate emergency services to respond to the call. They may also manage an office and restock supplies or implement a maintenance schedule for emergency vehicles.

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