The Department of Police and Public Safety is responsible for: law enforcement, criminal investigations, parking enforcement, parking fine collection, emergency first response, community policing, security escorts, security surveys, motorist assists, educational presentations, and special event services, among other duties. The Communications Center supports ALL Police and Public Safety activity on a daily basis. The Communications Center receives emergency calls and general calls for service for the police department and the university in general, and dispatch appropriate resources for the requested service, complete detailed documentation for official record of service requests and dispatch response actions, and monitors officers’ patrol activities for safety, back up and additional resources.
Work Schedule and Hours
This office is operational 24/7. Telecommunicator’s work 12 hour shifts. 4 shifts one week and 3 shifts the next week. Shifts are permanent. There are three shifts.
Hours are 7am-7pm; 7pm-7am or 12 pm-12 am. Shifts/hours are subject to change based on operational needs.
Description of Responsibilities and Duties
- Positions assigned to this banded class perform technical communications work in support of public safety operations. Hired employees must maintain confidentiality and discretion in the course of conducting business; work individually and/or with others; and adapt to change and circumstances. May require shift, weekend, holiday and/or overtime work. May require the ability to multi-task in high-stress situations.
- Primary call taker – Operates the telecommunications console, multi-line telephone and P25 radio equipment for the purpose of receiving emergency and non-emergency calls, as well as, reports of alarm activity from alarm monitoring agencies. Most frequently received calls are from the public requesting police, fire, medical or other emergency/nonemergency services. Accurately obtain and relay information. Solicit needed information from callers under stressful circumstances. Provide clear, accurate, timely, and thorough information to callers, as appropriate based on their emergency or request.
- Dispatch officers and monitor activities of all field personnel – Determine the nature and location of an emergency and deploy police, fire or emergency medical units as necessary; prioritize and dispatch first responders and backup units to emergency and nonemergency calls for service in accordance with established procedures. Maintain contact with all units on patrol or assignments while consistently disseminating information and updating their status/location. Conduct radio checks, identify officer involved when radio duress signal activated, or make other inquiries as needed to insure officer safety.
- Record, log, retrieve, and compile information/data bases – Insure all audio and digital recording and playback equipment is functional. Record all calls for service using a computer aided dispatch system. Complete inquiries using Division of Criminal Information terminal, P2P software, and any other mechanism provided in the Communications Center. Complete all reports requested dealing with communications center data bases. Prepare surveillance playback upon request of officers. Other related data functions, as needed.
- Conduct individual and mass emergency notifications – In emergency situations make timely notifications to designated UNCSA administrative staff or community members, as well as, to the entire campus when needed. Use the UNCSA Outside Emergency Notification System, ALERT System, e-mail, phones and other mechanisms according to procedure.
- Other duties in support of the Police Department activity as assigned: clerical, receptionist, field a variety of general service information calls on behalf of the university, inputting facilities work orders, assisting with parking questions and decal distribution, driver verification checks, and more, etc.
High School diploma and sufficient experience to demonstrate ability to work under pressure. Additional Education and Experience will be necessary for progressive steps (Journey and Advanced). Requires certification as a Division of Criminal Information computer operator or the ability to achieve certification within 45 days of employment. May require Basic Telecommunicator Certification in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions
High School diploma and sufficient experience to demonstrate ability to work under pressure. Additional Education and Experience will be necessary for progressive steps (Journey and Advanced). Requires certification as a Division of Criminal Information computer operator or the ability to achieve certification within 45 days of employment. May require Basic Telecommunicator Certification in accordance with the provisions of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Internal Number: 067317
About UNC School of the Arts
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts.