I have applied to be a 9-11 dispatcher with the local police, it is a long process but the end is near and I can't help but feel nervous, almost as if there is something I am missing or overlooking (I have checked and re-checked, everything I should be doing, I am.)
So I have filled out my paper work, had a hearing test and today I have a 45minute french interview. I did early immersion (12 years of french through my elementary/middle/highschool) and studied a summer in Quebec at Laval university. The interview is oral (thankful for that!) - but I am nervous, I expect that is normal. I have gone over scenario's and different situations they are bound to ask and feel ready for the testing, just nervous as I said earlier in my post.
I went to university and got my degree in Criminology (B.A) - I have worked as a correction officer in the jail for 9 months and a nuclear security officer for 6months after that. Both jobs were physically demanding and I feel it will be nice to get a desk job! Still a very mentally demanding line of work no doubt.
I guess i'll say what I think the role of a dispatcher is, and if anyone knows better or has input I would greatly appreciate it.
Once I get a call, I believe it is important to get as much information as possible :
Guns in the house, kids in the house, alcohol/drugs involved, state of the emergency, keep the caller calm as possible, remaining calm myself, enterring the information I gather into a system that is sent to the police on duty, sending the nearest officer to the location of the caller.
Not to toot my own horn, but I do feel qualified and ready for this position. I think it is more excited than nervous, hard to differentiate sometimes.
thanks guys, no police-flaming please