City of Tampa

Communications Technician II (#007442) 023

$20.59-$29.24 Hourly / $3,568.93-$5,068.27 Monthly / $42,827.20-$60,819.20 Yearly


This is work involving receiving and dispatching requests for police and fire emergency services.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

Employees in this class are responsible for performing a variety of public safety communications tasks of average difficulty which, depending on assignments, include dispatching calls for police or fire service, receiving and evaluating calls from citizens, entering data, and maintaining necessary records. Under general supervision, employees operate all communications equipment. Employees must exercise some initiative and independent judgment in advising citizens and determining which unit is in the best position to respond. Employees are required to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays. Important aspects of this job are the ability to respond to emergencies in a calm and controlled manner, and the ability to record data precisely and enter it into the computer accurately and on a timely basis. Additionally, employees in some positions will be responsible for obtaining Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) certification. Employees must be capable of maintaining awareness of activity in an assigned area of the city to include knowing the location of all in-service vehicles. Work is reviewed through records maintained, observation of services rendered, and periodic evaluation of work performance.

Examples of Duties

Receives and evaluates calls for service from citizens; advises citizens on calls that are not of an emergency nature; determines the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred in order to recommend referral; determines if a police unit should be dispatched to a scene for an investigation in order to facilitate prompt referral of a case.

Dispatches fire and emergency medical units as appropriate; provides initial instructions on emergency medical care when trained as EMD.

Maintains service status of all mobile units; dispatches units by radio through the use of code signals; dispatches wreckers to accidents and impounds following rotation schedule.

Provides general knowledge to citizens to increase their understanding of Tampa Police Department, laws, crime, etc.; responds to citizens complaints in order to take proper corrective action.

Maintains records and prepares reports as required; records information on complaints including type of service required, location, and identification of persons, time of dispatch, time “out of service”, and subsequent “return to service” of vehicles.

Interviews citizens over the phone in a professional manner to elicit the necessary information for completing reports.

Operates computer terminal to make inquiries into data systems for wanted information; converts information for computer applications and enters; cancels entries when located or no longer needed; prepares information received from the system and routes to requester.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: radio-transmitting equipment operating procedures and regulations; zone boundaries, city streets, and street conditions; the city and its geography.

Some knowledge of: effective communications techniques; records keeping and reporting; operation of various personal computer applications.

Ability to: react quickly, calmly, and rationally in emergencies; speak clearly and communicate effectively with police officers, firefighters, and the general public; speak a second language might be required; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; operate radio dispatching, video data terminal, and teletype equipment.

Skill in: basic typing/keyboard.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and six (6) months of experience in computer aided dispatching work for law enforcement, fire, or other public safety agency of comparable size; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Preference may be given to individuals who are bilingual (English/Spanish).

Licenses or Certifications

Positions in Fire require possession and maintenance of EMD certification and are eligible for EMD certification pay.

Possession of a valid State of Florida certification as a Public Safety Tele-communicator.

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 007442; EST: 8/8/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;