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San Diego State University

Command Vehicle, badge and patrol car



The Communications Center is the hub and heart of the San Diego State University Police Department, where POST certified dispatchers receive emergency and non-emergency calls. To maintain constant radio contact with University Police Officers, the center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We have one full-time lead dispatcher, four full-time regular dispatchers and two trainees, whose duties include:

  • Handling 911 emergency calls
  • Duress phone calls
  • Emergency elevator phone activations
  • Non-emergency calls
  • Radio dispatching of patrol officers, parking officers, and community service officers
  • Walk-up service window
  • Monitoring, inquiry and entering changes of the campus card access system
  • Monitoring the campus fire alarm system
  • Accessing, inquiring and updating several law enforcement database systems
  • Officer initiated activity

Eligible dispatcher candidates must be United States citizens or permanent resident aliens who have applied for U.S. citizenship. You must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a valid California driver’s license.

All applicants must pass a panel interview, a written exam, comprehensive physical exam including drug testing, a psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation.