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Lateral Communications Officer

Sheriff's Office | Caldwell, ID | Full Time | From $26.19 to $26.19 per hour

Job Description

Are you an experienced Public Safety Communications Officer/ Emergency Dispatcher looking for new challenges and opportunities in the Treasure Valley?

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office invites qualified Lateral Emergency Communications Officers with the minimum of one (1) year Public Safety Radio/911 Dispatch experience to join our dynamic team.

If you do not meet this criteria, we encourage you to apply for our 911 Call Taker position which does not require any Emergency Communications Radio/Call Taker experience.


You will be directed to upload these completed documents when completing the application.

  • Proof of education copy – Applicants must provide GED, high school and or college transcripts
  • Complete and Upload the following forms: Additional-Paperwork-for-Non-Commissioned
    • The Authorization form needs to be notarized; we can provide that service for you in our office, if needed. You must be present at the time of signing with a valid Photo ID.
  • Complete and upload the Canyon County Application form: Employment_Application_Fillable.pdf
  • Typing tests results. You can complete this at

** Hourly: $26.19 - DOE **

Closing Date: June 15th, 2023 4:00pm

General Statement of Duties

Performs specialized work receiving and dispatching messages in an emergency communication center; performs related work as required.

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to answer emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and other emergency services using a multi-line telephone and 911 systems. Employees in this class have successfully completed all training and can function proficiently with the Law Enforcement or EMS radio system. A Communications Officer is responsible for fast, efficient, and accurate receiving, dispatching, and processing of calls and messages. The work is performed under the supervision of a Communications Lead Supervisor, with assistance readily available from a Communications Senior Officer if necessary. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment, frequently under stressful conditions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Telephone call-handling techniques;
  • Radio transmission procedures to produce effective communication between two parties;
  • Federal (FCC), County, Office, contract agency, and other applicable policies, rules, and regulations;
  • County streets and surrounding areas, including geographical layout of contracting cities within the County and other operating districts served by the Office;
  • Police and Fire/EMS dispatch procedures;
  • Office organization, policies, and procedures;
  • Specialized and computer-aided dispatch (CAD) operating system and multi-line telephone system;
  • Operation of a personal computer and job-related software.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Enter and retrieve data and information with accuracy and speed;
  • Operate radio transmitting equipment in a fast and efficient manner, including under stress;
  • Perform routine clerical work;
  • Follow Office guidelines and procedures relating to response to emergency situations;
  • Exercise good judgment in the handling and prioritizing of calls within the Office;
  • Effectively communicate and make decisions related to dispatching emergency vehicles under stressful work conditions;
  • Listen and retain information communicated in emergency calls;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other County employees and the general public;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Operate specialized computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) communications equipment, criminal information retrieval systems, and a multi-line telephone system;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Respond to citizen requests in a courteous and effective manner;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under stress and the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED; and
  • Some experience and/or training in emergency dispatch, communications, or related field is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Idaho drivers license;
  • Idaho POST certification within one year of hire;
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a polygraph examination, through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Additional Documents Required Upon Application Submission:

  • Proof of education copy -- Applicants must provide GED, high school and or college transcripts
  • Authorization to Release Information and Investigate
  • Typing Test (Can be taken at

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.