Police, Fire, Ambulance Dispatchers

SOC Code: 43-5031

Entry Salary
Average Salary

Job Description
Dispatchers answer and dispatch emergency calls via law enforcement and emergency tele-communications equipment.


  1. Must be a United States citizen.
  2. Must be of majority age.
  3. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  4. Must pass a background investigation.
  5. Must be free of physical, medical, and emotional problems.
  6. Must pass an oral interview.
  7. All Wyoming Dispatchers must attend a Commission-approved academy for basic training within two years of being hired.


Candidates may not have been convicted of a felony.
An extensive background check is done before someone is hired.
Must meet the continuing education hours mandated for recertification. (20 C.E.U.)

School Located in Wyoming
Initial Basic Class:
        Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy - Douglas
Continuing Education:
        These requirements are often done in-house where the dispatcher is employed. These requirements can also be met by taking approved course work at the colleges throughout the state or at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.

Dispatchers need to obtain Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification administered by the Wyoming P.O.S.T. Commission.

The Communications Personnel basic course is offered twice per year. Contact the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy at 307-358-3617 for exact dates.


Licensing Agency
Betty Haukap, Executive Director
Wyoming P.O.S.T. Commission
1710 Pacific Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82002
Phone: (307) 777-7718

Licensing Authority
W.S.S. 9-1-708.

Additional Sources of Information
Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Wages Last Updated April 2008

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