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Police Dispatcher

Burnham, Illinois



Burnham Police Department

14450 Manistee Avenue

Burnham, IL 60633

Phone: 708-891-2122

Fax: 708-891-5287





Starting Salary: $33,853.25

Population: 4,200

Sworn Officers: 15

Application Deadline: 4/15/16









The Burnham Police Department is seeking qualified and trained applicants for the position of full time police/fire dispatcher. This position is a full time position (40 hours per week) with salary and benefits and occasional overtime.


The current annual salary for this position is $33,853.25 and there is an 18 month probationary period after which the salary will increase to $37,778.18.


The selected applicant will be subject to an in depth background investigation prior to being hired and must pass such background investigation.


There is one position available at this time.



Applications will be taken commencing:


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.




Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.



Applications are available at:


Burnham Police Department

14450 Manistee Avenue

Burnham, IL 60633



Applicants must have prior experience and be trained and certified as a police/fire dispatcher.


There is no residency requirement.



The duties, qualifications and job description

are as follows:

  • The ability to speak clearly and distinctly at all times.

  • The ability to prioritize, plan and multi-task effectively to include answering phones, obtaining to include answering phones, obtaining pertinent information communication information via radio and entering data in the computer simultaneously.

  • The ability to analyze, understand and evaluate situations accurately and take and/or suggest an effective response.

  • The ability to withstand stress, pressure and maintain emotional balance under rapidly changing situations.

  • Handle all incoming calls, transfers and incidents for police, fire, and medical.

  • Obtain all facts and pertinent information and relay to responding personnel and departments.

  • Dispatch calls for police, fire and medical.

  • Have a thorough understanding of the computer operating system, be able to record all incidents into the data base in a timely manner and ascertain that all calls are responded to.

  • Handle the flow of all radio traffic and promptly acknowledge all radio communications from the department and other agencies while taking proper measures to ensure officer safety.

  • Handle all paperwork that is generated on their shift including but not limited to, transfer packets, court case files, criminal arrest and traffic citations. Assembling court case files.

  • Perform matron duties and searching of prisoners (applies to female dispatchers and female prisoners.)

  • Maintain a complete working knowledge of all functions and operations in the 911 center including the activation and procedures for all emergencies relating to police, fire and medical and any other matters requiring police intervention.

  • Perform any and all duties assigned by supervisory personnel.

  • Have an understanding of the department procedures, rules and regulations and comply with all rules and regulations.

  • Answer all emergency and non-emergency calls, monitor all radio frequencies.

  • Maintain knowledge of the boundaries, streets, businesses of the village.

  • Monitor surveillance cameras and monitor cameras in lock-up and booking.

  • Enter reports, accident reports and tickets into the computer.

  • Collect impound fees, bonds and prepare associated paperwork and FAX reports to the states attorney and other requestors.

  • Maintain mandatory certifications including L.E.A.D.S. certifications.

  • Complete uniform crime reporting reports, process sex offender reports and updates.

  • Assist citizens at the lobby window for services as required.











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