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Police Dispatcher

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Classified Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) encourages applications for a Police Dispatcher! This position protects the lives, health, safety, and property of the public by expeditiously analyzing and prioritizing emergency requests for law enforcement, fire, ambulance, and rescue services. 

We are offering a signing bonus of $2,500 and another $2,500 bonus after your completion of the training program!

This position includes outstanding benefits including health insurance, retirement, tuition assistance, and paid time off. Learn more about our community: CU Student Involvement in CUPD Recruitment, Collaboration with the Campus Community, and our Recruitment Plan. Grow your career with us!

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and to improve the safety and quality of life for all CU affiliates. The CUPD is a full-service police agency with 46 sworn and 36 non-sworn employees providing community-based public safety services to a diverse community of 36,000 affiliates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Every year the department responds to approximately 20,000 calls for service and ensures the safety and security for all of their PAC-12 Conference athletic events with attendance at football games exceeding 50,000 fans. Patrolling the campus by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, and vehicle, the CU-Boulder police work diligently with the University community and surrounding agencies to ensure a prompt and coordinated law enforcement response.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Service Triage:
  • Receive and analyze emergency and non-emergency service calls and officer-initiated matters. Interpret and prioritize calls requiring essential services such as police, fire, medical, and other vital agencies. 
  • Monitor databases and alarm systems to determine the level of response for an event and deploy resources.
  • Record details of call information, resource and personnel deployment, response times, unit activity, incident status, and call loading.
Database Management: 
  • Coordinate information from a variety of sources in a concise manner to fulfill service requests. 
  • Process entries in University, local, state, and national law enforcement databases.
  • Train new communications personnel using a structured departmental communications training program. 
  • Prepare documents, training materials, procedure manuals, and emergency response protocols. 
Communications Work Leader:
  • May act as a work leader for the communications center on 2nd and 3rd shifts and weekends, including reviewing and supporting the timeliness and accuracy of the work of colleagues. Assigns tasks, monitors the progress and flow of center operations, provides input into supervisory decisions and schedules work.

What You Should Know

  • A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents of Colorado and from non-residents.
  • This position will be required to work multiple shifts, weekends, and holidays. 
  • This position requires a background check including a personal history questionnaire, criminal, financial, and motor vehicle checks, psychological exam, a polygraph, and a drug screen. Per department policy, applicants who have used marijuana within two years of application will be disqualified.

What We Can Offer

  • The salary range for this position is $48,933 - $50,400 annually. This position is eligible for up to a 10% shift differential for shift hours worked. 
  • The selected candidate will receive a $2,500 signing bonus and a one-time payment of $2,500 after successful completion of the training program (usually within 8 – 12 months).
  • A $2,500 referral bonus is available to current CUPD staff within divisional guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • One year of experience in police radio/telephone communications equipment operations. Successful completion of an authorized Communication Training Officer or Program or equivalent may substitute for the year of required experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by October 28, 2021 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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