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  • What is the ratio of female to male dispatchers?

    Just wondering since I injured my knee, I would still like to be involved with police business. Why not become a dispatch?
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    For my department its about 15 to 1, but weve had some very good male dispatchers.

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    • #3
      are the benefits and retirement similiar between LEO and dispatcher?
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      NOR-11/11
      TSL- 11/17/11
      pft1- 12/8/11
      Pre-E Forms-completed 3/12
      Qual- completed 3/12
      Medical Ex- completed 4/12
      S I-completed 3/12
      Drug Screening- completed 6/7/12
      Background Investigation- met with BI 6/5/13
      Fitness- completed 12/12

      EOD- 9/9/13 SYS
      Fletc- 10-15-13, class 338
      new fletc date- 11-18-13

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      • #4
        We have several male dispatchers, but percentage wise I'd say 1/20th? A few of them see it at a professional, but many see it as a gateway to becoming sworn. We've had several move on to the sworn side.

        We often get deputies sent up to train as call-takers, when they are on
        light-duty status, and once trained, they can work OT. Some retired deputies have come back as per-diem. (Only phones though - not on the radio side)

        I personally would like to see more testosterone....the estrogen can get thick sometimes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mole177
          are the benefits and retirement similiar between LEO and dispatcher?
          We are represented by different unions, and it would differ based on agency.

          I work for Sheriff's, so I fall under County Government.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mole177
            Why not become a dispatch?
            If you can deal with all that comes with the job, why not become a dispatcher? Mrs exComptonCop was a police and fire dispatcher for thirteen years, for three different agencies. Her only complaint, was the internal "cat fights" between female dispatchers. But since you're male, this shouldn't be a factor.
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            • #7
              I am a dispatcher for a So Cal LE agency. The ratio is about 12/1. The women that I work with are often grateful when there are a couple of men on their shift. It seems to alleviate some of the estrogen induced 'cat fighting'. There is a disparity between sworn & non-sworn pay and benifit wise but I knew that going in. I think it is the best job in the world and wouldn't trade it for anything.
              Last edited by The Link; 04-04-2007, 05:57 PM. Reason: poor spelling habits ... as usual

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              • #8
                I can't wait for another opening so I can try to reapply...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Link
                  The women that I work with are often grateful when there are a couple of men on their shift. It seems to elevate some of the estrogen induced 'cat fighting'.
                  I hope you mean alleviate Unless they are all fighting over you

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                  • #10
                    When I was a radio dispatcher> 40 to 2. Both of us males went sworn, so now its 40 to zero. It's a fun job. Lots of drama though. It's like working in a soap opera. Not many males can actually do the job though. Males failed training at a higher rate than females did at both agencies i dispatched for. i don't know why.

                    The best dispatchers I have ever worked with where medically retired cops fwiw.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mole177
                      are the benefits and retirement similiar between LEO and dispatcher?

                      Our police officers pay is $5026 to $6109 per month. 3% @ 50 retirement. Full medical covered no cost to officer

                      Our dispatchers pay is $3892 to $4731 per month. Not sure on retirement but it is less than officer retirement. Decent medical, but I dont think its no cost full coverage

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                      • #12
                        I guess we're in the minority here.

                        22 Radio Operators - ZERO females.

                        I've been inside almost 5 years and in that time we've had a total of 3 females but they all "bid-out" into different postions.

                        We've also had a couple train but not pass.
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                        • #13
                          My former employer has been recruiting for Public Safety Communications Operators (or whatever they're calling it now) for at least 30 years without a break. Obviously, their attrition rate is substantial. For the first ten years or so that I worked there, only one male made it to fully-qualified (radio/phones/all services) status, and he then left to become a police officer (and got fired about four years later). A few other men lasted long enough to get off probation, but none ever got fully qualified to work the radio.

                          I don't want to sound sexist, but there is definitely a different vibe in an all-woman work environment, and the women were the first ones to tell me that. The nature of the stress in dispatch is something that women seem to handle better than men. It benefits both sides to understand one another's jobs as thoroughly as possible. My first job in LE was as a part-time dispatcher for the university police department, but comparing that to the job that the people in the comm center of my old department did is like building a toy house of Legos vs. building a real house. On a very busy night, I might have had five people on the single radio channel I used. One of our dispatchers might have 20 or 30 officers on each of two primary channels, one operator to a channel. If a channel closed for a tactical incident, everyone not involved in it would move to the other channel. I really don't know how they did it sometimes, but I do know that they saved my sorry butt more than once.
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                          • #14
                            Hmmm.... and my experience with air traffic control (purely anecdotal, mind you) is that the stress level can be similar with a lot of rather similar activities. Yet, there are, I'd say at least half males in ATC. To me, this would seem to call into question the premise that "women handle it better".

                            I'm thinking that there's a cultural component to the large female skew in police dispatching.

                            This would be a fascinating research topic. Might make a good book if it's well-written.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JPatrick
                              I'm thinking that there's a cultural component to the large female skew in police dispatching.
                              I think you're on to something.

                              There are a lot of places where dispatchers make minimum wage.
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