Apply for: Communications Dispatcher I (19931378)

Personal Information


This recruitment will be open until filled. It may close at any time or upon receipt of the first 150 applications.


First review of applications is tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019.


Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application. Applications submitted without a resume , completed supplemental questions, typing certificate, and POST entry level dispatcher certificate will be considered incomplete and disqualified from this recruitment process. Your responses will be reviewed for appropriate grammar, punctuation, and content.  

  • Must be currently employed as a full-time or part-time dispatcher with a Law Enforcement Agency. If not, the following certificates will be required as part of the application:
    • A valid typing certificate issued within the last year by an educational institution, public agency, or professional service verifying minimum typing speed of at least thirty-five (35) net words per minute with a maximum of nine (9) errors.  Typing certificate must be submitted with application to be considered
    • Completion of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery. Certificate must be submitted with application to be considered


All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Based upon a review of employment applications, supplemental questionnaires, and resumes received, a limited number of the qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process.

The process will consist of an Oral Panel Interview . An eligibility list will be established from those who pass the examination process with a score of 70% or higher. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless abolished sooner.

The department will invite the most qualified candidates from the eligibility list to a final department interview.  The Police Chief will make the final appointment. 

Note: The City of Burlingame reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.



Candidates will be required to:  

  • pass a thorough background investigation, polygraph and psychological screening. 
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 new employees are required to provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire. 
  • present an original social security card.


This position has a 12 month probationary period from the date of hire.  Whereby, the selected candidate must receive a rating of no less than 'satisfactory' at the end of the probationary period to continue forward with employment.  During the 12 month probationary period, the selected candidate can be terminated with, or without cause.


The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.