This is a trainee position for journey level emergency communications dispatchers from other jurisdictions who have gained the skills via training and employment in order to effectively perform dispatching work in the field of emergency communications, with the exception of fire dispatch. Incumbents are responsible for participating in formal classroom training, on–the-job-training, simulation training and directed self-study. Prior to promotion to the police dispatcher classification, incumbents must be able to demonstrate proficiency to operate telephone, use radio and computer equipment to record requests for emergency services, and dispatch police field units; and monitor the status of field units. The ability to work any shift, on any day, and to work overtime is an essential function of the job. Typical shift configurations for experienced employees are four – 10 hour days; employees are not required to report to work on their days off.