Great Falls - Public Safety Communications Officer

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Job Overview

Department Great Falls Police Department
Job TitlePublic Safety Communications Officer
SalaryStarting at $18.71 - $19.66 Hourly
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Great Falls, MT

Job Announcement



Great Falls Police Department, MT Police JobsCITY OF GREAT FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENTGreat Falls Police Department, MT Police Jobs

Is accepting applications for the position,

Public Safety Communications Officer

**Candidates who submit an application will receive further information on process**


                                                  SALARY:                         $17.22 - $22.01 Hourly

                                                  DEPARTMENT:             Police

                                                  DIVISION:                      Communications Bureau (Dispatcher)

                                                  FLSA STATUS: MFPE, NON-EXEMPT


Responsible for receiving requests for information, non-emergency and/or emergency assistance from the general-public, law enforcement, fire and medical personnel. Work, is performed under the general direction of the Emergency Services Supervisor or Communications Center Manager.


Monitor and dispatch appropriate law enforcement, fire and medical personnel to calls for service that involve life threatening or other emergency and non-emergency situations.

Monitor radio traffic on multiple frequencies for law enforcement, fire and medical personnel as well as being able to communicate with other city, county, state and federal agencies on mutual aid radio frequencies.

Operate and maintain proficiency in multiple computer systems and programs.

Using established medical protocols and procedures determine the level of response on all requests for medical assistance – emergency and non-emergency along with providing lifesaving instructions to 9-1-1 callers.

Work with distraught callers to determine location and nature of emergency, or threat to life, limb or property.

Prepare various records and reports in order to properly document shift activities.

Provide information to law enforcement personnel by accessing computerized information regarding criminal histories, active warrants, vehicle registration, driver's license status and similar information.


High School diploma or equivalent.

Six months of experience as a public safety dispatcher (desired, not required)


CPR Certification or ability to become certified

CJIN Certification within six months of hire

Public Safety Communicator Basic Certification (POST) within 12 months

Ability to type 40 words per minute

Pass a psychological evaluation prior to employment

Pass an extensive background check prior to employment

Possession of a valid Montana driver's license


Ability to learn and retain a substantial knowledge of law enforcement, fire and medical dispatch policies and procedures.

Ability to learn and retain an extensive knowledge of the geographic area served.

Ability to learn and retain a substantial knowledge of radio operations, repeater locations, paging systems, aural brevity codes and FCC rules and regulations.

Willing to attend on and off site training programs as a part of continuing education, may require some travel.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors, law enforcement, fire and medical personnel and the general public.

Flexibility and ability to work different shifts, overtime, and be subject to "call in" as required.


Highest Degree and Standard of Ethical Conduct, Confidentiality and Credibility

Communication Proficiency

Customer/Client Focus

  • Problem Solving/Analysis

Stress Management/Composure

Technical Capacity


This position does not supervise any other positions.


Work is conducted in an open office environment with multiple stations inside of a climate controlled sub-station building of the Great Falls Police Department. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, bend, twist, reach, ride and perform similar body movements. Must have the ability to perform light physical work and to lift and carry up to 25 pounds at a time; the possession of hand/eye coordination sufficient to operate a personal computer, office equipment and a motor vehicle; the ability to talk and hear in person or by telephone; and the ability to see and read instructions and reports.


The work schedule is a 40-hour work week, Sunday through Saturday with varying shifts and days off. This position is a non-exempt and eligible for overtime. Any overtime must be authorized prior to working.


Travel is primarily local during the business day.  Occasional travel may be required to attend off-site training and educational opportunities.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for the job.  Management may change the duties, responsibilities and activities at any time, with or without notice.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of the City of Great Falls is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, political belief, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, marital status or other characteristic protected by law.   

 -Great Falls Police Mission Statement-

We are the COMMUNITY and they are usShow COMPASSION for those we serve. Have the COURAGE to do what is necessary and right.

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