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Recruitment #20-002703-0006


This position is that of a Police Communications Operator (Police Dispatcher)




Maryland State Police

LaPlata Barrack

9500 Mitchell Road

LaPlata, MD 20646

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of the Police Communications Operator I is to facilitate officer safety by monitoring police radio transmissions and utilizing all communications equipment towards that end at the entry level of performance


Monitor and communicate with MSP and other public safety personnel via two-way multi-channel radios and maintain required documentation of same.

Utilize METERS/NCIC/NLETS to obtain, update, disseminate and accurately transmit information within the Department and to other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies

Utilize telephones in a professional manner to provide necessary guidance and information to Departmental personnel and to the general public

File and maintain METERS/NLETS messages and various required logs associated with the communications center operations

Interact with Department personnel, allied agencies and the general public



Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: None.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Operations Specialist classifications or Signal Corps, Cyberspace Support, or Communications specialty codes in the communications field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


1.  One year of dispatching experience in a 911 (police/emergency) services environment utilizing a CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system

2.  One year of experience in a multi-faceted work environment using data entry keyboard functions and a multi-line telephone system

3.  A combination of one year of emergency dispatch training, education and/or experience




1. Applicants for this classification may be subject to an extensive background investigation prior to appointment.

2. Employees in this classification will be required to provide a telephone number at which they can be reached.


Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this classification.  It is, therefore, essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be placed on an Eligible List as a BEST, BETTER or QUALIFIED candidate and remain eligible for at least one year from the date of examination.  The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement or the rating may be based on your application.  Report all experience and education that is related to this position.  Applicants may be given a physical examination and will be subject to an interview, background investigation, polygraph examination and substance abuse testing.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file.  As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file. 

If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail.  The Maryland State Application Form can be found online. 

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendum's may be mailed to: 

Maryland State Police 

Human Resources Division 

1201 Reisterstown Road 

Pikesville, MD 21208 

ATTN: R. Bruce Tanner 

Questions or concerns regarding this recruitment may be sent to the following e-mail address: 


It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.


Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.