What does a Public Safety Dispatcher do?

Public safety officers serve the public and provide services to local entities including police, firefighting, and rescue squats. They also provide public safety and law enforcement services at facilities including universities or state buildings. Public safety officers patrol assigned areas to observe and investigate suspicious behavior. They are responsible for law enforcement and apprehending suspects, and preparing incident reports. Public safety officers ensure the people and property on their designated watch are safe and respond to calls and investigate and report suspicious incidents and activities.

Public safety officers involved in an incident will secure and record evidence and interview bystanders, witnesses, and victims, and when fitting, they assist in apprehending suspects and perpetrators. They are responsible for preparing accident and crime reports and helping the public with criminal and civil issues or questions and concerns. At public gatherings, they direct traffic and maintain order. Public safety officers need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and certification as a law enforcement officer.

Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Public Safety Dispatcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$48,143 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $48K
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Public Safety Dispatcher Career Path

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Ouachita Baptist UniversityOuachita Baptist University
Public Safety Officer
Mar 23, 2021

“The pay was alright but could have been better given the task I was assigned.”

Advocate Aurora HealthAdvocate Aurora Health
Public Safety Officer
Apr 8, 2021

“Working at the hospital especially for public safety is great experience especially if you’re looking into law enforcement as a possible career.”

Louisville Metro GovernmentLouisville Metro Government
Public Safety
Jul 13, 2020

“Good People Friends For Life”

University of Rhode IslandUniversity of Rhode Island
Public Information Officer
Sep 20, 2020

“Interesting work and good people”

Owensboro Community & Technical CollegeOwensboro Community & Technical College
Public Safety Officer
Sep 10, 2021

“Excellent boss and I enjoyed my co”

University of MiamiUniversity of Miami
Public Safety Officer
Jul 17, 2021

“Great networking opportunities to expand your education and career.”

SafraPay USSafraPay US
Chief People Officer
Sep 17, 2020

“Our benefits are great and I feel part of a family here.”

The Institution of Environmental SciencesThe Institution of Environmental Sciences
Publications Officer
Feb 4, 2020

“Opportunities to work outside your role and learn about other aspects of the organisation.”

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