Columbus - Emergency Communications Technician

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Department Columbus Police Department
Job TitleEmergency Communications Technician
Salary$41,563.75 to $44,510.25
Location Columbus, GA

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Columbus Police Department-Communication Center
Now Hiring

Emergency Communications Technician



About Our Communications Center

The 911 Communications Center is a state-of-the-art dispatch facility responsible for all Public Safety Communications in Columbus/Muscogee County. The city utilizes an 800 MHz trunked radio system. The entire city of Columbus uses the system with the bulk of the communications being Public Safety. The system is computer-operated and dispatchers have the ability to talk with virtually every city department. This includes everyone from public safety to traffic light repairmen to street paving crews. In addition, other agencies (including Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, FBI, etc.) have access to the system. Furthermore, the system has been expanded to include communications with some surrounding counties. 

How Do I Become an Emergency Communications Technician?

The Columbus Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we conform to all local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws pertaining to hiring practices and labor requirements. Before your application can be processed, you must type at least forty (35) net words per minute with 90 percent accuracy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.  
  • Not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime for which punishment in this state would be considered a felony.  A fingerprint search made of local state and national fingerprint files will be conducted to disclose any criminal record.

The entry-level position into the 911 Communications Center is Emergency Communications Technician 1. This position offers the opportunity for advancement to an Emergency Communications Technician II and beyond.  At this time, it is a 12-hour shift with rotating off days. You will receive 11 paid holidays per year, 10 vacation days, and 13 sick days.

Step 1:  Application

Complete the Online application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page.

Be advised you must upload a scanned copy of the following documents with your application:

1. Birth Certificate or Naturalization Verification

2. Your high school diploma or State Equivalency Certificate (GED)

3. Your Social Security card

4. Your driver’s license

5. Your military DD 214 form, reflecting discharge status (If Applicable)

6. Any record of a name change, excluding marriage (If Applicable)


Step 2: Criminal Background Check 

After completing your test, a criminal history background check will be conducted.  Once the background check is complete your application will remain on file for a period of one year.  We are always hiring, so you could be called any time within that time frame for an interview.  After one year, if you have not been contact you may re-apply at any time. 


Step 3:  Typing Test

Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by the department to schedule a typing test.  Before your application can be processed you must pass this test with at least 35 WPM with 90 % accuracy. 


Step 4: Interview Panel

The final step is an interview with select members of the 911 Communications Center. 





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