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Public Safety Dispatcher I

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022
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Department Code

Department of Public Safety

Job Title
Public Safety Dispatcher I

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

Staff Level

FLSA Status


The operations of this section is 24 hours a day. The position is a 12 hour rotating shift and day or night shift will be assigned on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

The Public Safety Dispatcher/Communications Officer is a demanding position that is responsible for all law enforcement emergency and non-emergency safety and security communications for the University community. This position communicates via radio and telephone with patrol units and with various University service and auxiliary departments. In addition, this position acknowledges and dispatches various alarms and access control systems events and is responsible for monitoring a vast closed circuit television ( CCTV ) system. Professional and composed verbal communications with outside police agencies and the general public; maintaining sound customer service practices and meeting the needs of community members under sometimes stressful conditions is essential.
This position operates an extensive array of law enforcement and emergency related communications equipment as well as the latest computer software related technologies.


An Associates degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
Must be able to obtain a New York State Division of Licensing security guard license.
Successfully pass a 480-hour field training program.
Must be proficient in data entry/keyboarding using various Microsoft Office and law enforcement applications.
Must successfully pass a background investigation, including but not limited to an initial drug screening and psychological exam.

Job Specific Qualifications
  • Good knowledge of the geography, patrol territories, roads, streets, buildings owned/operated by the university and special hazards within the University Campus.
  • Must have strong communications skills and ability to communicate with a diverse community.
  • Must be able to operate and perform under varying degrees of stress and pressure and be able to prioritize emergencies.
  • Multi-task in a high-volume, community and student service centered environment.
  • Must have the ability to be creative and innovative in problem-solving.
  • Candidates may be required to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays and be flexible with schedule.
  • Must be willing to work unplanned overtime, special events, planned overtime, and overtime related to emergency call back.
  • Candidates must have the ability to effectively engage in communications that are often various and multiple, e.g.: hearing alarms, speaking clearly and hearing feedback on multi-channel radio system, speaking clearly and understanding various dialects on the telephone, viewing live-streaming video with adept concentration skills, navigating various software technologies including those associated with law-enforcement applications and Internet-based websites, and excellent data entry skills.
  • Communicate via radio and telephone with patrol units, with various University service and auxiliary departments and with the Onondaga County 911 Center.
  • Practices proper radio dispatching techniques using appropriate terminology in a calm and professional manner.
  • Monitor, acknowledge and dispatch various alarms and access control systems events, and is responsible for monitoring a vast campus wide closed circuit television ( CCTV ) video security system.
  • Provide professional and composed verbal communications with outside police agencies and the general public; maintaining sound customer service practices and meeting the needs of community members under sometimes stressful conditions is essential.
  • Operate an extensive array of law enforcement and emergency related communications equipment as well as the latest computer software related technologies, including alert systems, intrusion and duress alarms.
  • Manage all records pertaining to daily tour of duty.
  • Prioritize all radio and telephone communications. Answer multiple telephone lines, receiving emergency and non-emergency calls for law enforcement, safety and security services, and dispatch patrol and other units to respond.
  • Make urgent and critically important decisions regarding emergency situations based on knowledge, skills and policies and procedures.
  • Monitor video security system CCTV as assigned and report and/or dispatch any anomalies.
  • Service all walk-in customers
  • Perform administrative duties such as data entry and retrieval, information filing, record-keeping, supply and equipment inventory and repair requests.
  • Runs NYSPIN / NCIC inquiries as requested.
  • Monitor key control.
  • Comply with all Federal, State and Local regulations relative to communications and protected data and information.
  • Report technical problems clearly and expeditiously to appropriate department/division.
  • May perform or safety, security or community service related duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

EEO Statement

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

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