HPD looking for police radio dispatchers

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:44:41 PM HST   Updated On: Nov 25 2013 07:34:08 PM HST

There are a million 911 calls on Oahu each year and 70 percent of them are directed to the Honolulu Police Department.

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"Our police radio dispatchers play a vital role in the connection between the public and our officers on the road," said Maj. Sean Naito. "They're very important and they're actually the first of the first responders, essentially."

Due to a number of reasons, like retirement, HPD needs about 30 new radio dispatchers.

"It's a very self-rewarding job," said Lani Natividad, a supervising police radio dispatcher. "It's something that you can contribute (to) and a lot of people don't realize that it's something behind the scenes. We have to take information that'll help the officer to do what they have to do out in the field."

She said the job can be exciting, but also stressful.

Police radio dispatcher Howard Davidson said, "You need to be able to multi-task and work well with computers and be able to handle people yelling at you."

All dispatchers must pass a series of tests that prepare them to be a critical thinker and to be empathetic in difficult situations, like when a mother calls for her child who is attempting to commit suicide.

"We had to try calm her down to try make her settle down so she (could) help out her son instead of panicking and creating more of a problem," said Scott Sato, a police radio dispatcher.

Only online applications will be accepted and must be submitted by Dec. 5. To apply visit honolulupd.org. Starting pay is $2,700 a month.


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