For several years, my bonus daughter Katie was a 911 dispatcher based here in Tri-cities. She loved it and excelled at it. But there were certainly very stressful moments. She's focusing on being a mom right now, but I remember her saying that the benefits are excellent and the pay is good, but the experience is priceless. She hasn't talked about too many of the things that happened (I think they're not supposed to), only some generalities about crazy calls and such. She was even named Dispatcher Of the Year!

Since I'm on the radio and a ham radio operator, the radio aspect of the job appeals to me. Codes and cool police jargon would be fun! But what about helping those who need it the most at that very moment? Dispatching police to those who need them NOW would have to be satisfying. And what about actually saving a life? No greater reward. As a Washington State Patrol Communications Officer, you would be in touch with not just Troopers on the ground, but pilots, motorcycles, crime labs, detectives, and canine handlers. If you're at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and a clean criminal history, this could be the job for you. If you're level-headed and can be 'the calm in the chaos', then check out the WSP Facebook post below. I've also posted a WSP video on being a Communications Officer below.

Our Communications Officers, also known as dispatchers, are an imperative link between our Troopers on the road and the...

Posted by Washington State Patrol on Tuesday, February 16, 2021



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