Sacramento Police Department

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dispatch Academy

The Communications Center of the Sacramento Police Department offers Public Safety Dispatcher Courses to employees of public safety agencies in California, as well as to individuals who are not yet hired by a public safety agency.

Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course

The Communications Center of the Sacramento Police Department offers the 120-hour P.O.S.T. Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course. This course is designed to introduce new and prospective dispatchers to the basic requirements of their jobs. This course is offered to employees of public safety agencies in California, as well as to individuals who are not yet hired by a public safety agency. Individuals not associated with a law enforcement agency are required to complete a Live Scan fingerprint check (Fee applies).

NOTE: This course meets one of the P.O.S.T. requirements for certification as a Public Safety Dispatcher. Individuals must successfully complete the Dispatcher Basic Course AND work as a full-time public safety dispatcher with an agency participating in the P.O.S.T. Dispatcher Program AND have satisfactorily completed that agency's probationary training period to become a P.O.S.T. certified public safety dispatcher.

P.O.S.T. Plan IV. Tuition: $292. Six units of credit will be awarded through Los Rios Community College District at course completion.

Public Safety Communications Training Officer Course

The Communications Center of the Sacramento Police Department offers a 40-hour Communications Training Officer (CTO) course to all interested public safety agencies in California. Instruction is designed to provide public safety dispatchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train new employees.  Instruction includes:

  • The adult learning process
  • Communication skills
  • Teaching techniques
  • Performance evaluation and documentation

P.O.S.T Plan II. Tuition: $140. Two units of credit will be awarded through Los Rios Community College District at course completion.

Contact Information

For further information about the academy, hiring process, testing process and test dates, please call the Communications Center at (916) 277-1740.

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