Any individual applying for a full time telecommunicator position must meet the
following minimum requirements prior to their first day of employment:
- Is a citizen of the United States
- Is at least 18 years of age
- Is a high school graduate or has a general equivalency diploma (GED)
- Has not been convicted of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude
- Has submitted fingerprints to the KSP and the FBI for a criminal history check
- Has taken a psychological suitable screener
- Has taken a polygraph examination
- Has passed a drug screen
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will make arrangements for all tests
that have to be taken and the criminal history through the KSP and FBI.
Applicants will be responsible for proof of citizenship, age and education.
The Communications Unit is a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week operation
that is staffed by Telecommunicators at all times. This includes weekends and
holidays. Telecommunicators are considered essential personnel expected
to report for duty during inclement weather. The selected candidate will be
assigned to a specific shift that they will remain on. Telecommunicators can
request to be moved to another shift if the shift becomes available. Those
shifts are as follows:
- First Shift- 7am - 3pm
- Second Shift- 3pm - 11pm
- Third Shift- 11pm - 7am
The position of Telecommunicator has three primary job functions. The first
area of responsibility is Law Enforcement Radio Dispatching. The
Communications Unit is responsible for emergency and non-emergency radio
transmissions for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s as well as several law
enforcement agencies that are satellite agencies of the Sheriff’s Office. These
transmissions include dispatching officers to locations to resolve issues
that require law enforcement assistance, as well as officer initiated
transmissions. Telecommunicators are responsible for documenting all
pertinent information from these transmissions in a computer aided
The second area of responsibility is emergency and non-emergency telephone
communications. The Communications Unit is equipped with administrative lines as
well as 911 emergency lines. Telecommunicators will answerer these
lines in a professional manner, take all pertinent information, and ensure that
the callers request for service or questions are handled appropriately.
The last area of responsibility is the handling of Domestic Violence
Protective orders. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is the entering agency
as well as the keeper of the records for all Protective Orders and related court
documents issued in Jefferson County. It is the responsibility of the
Communications Unit to enter and maintain each Protective Order file.
All selected applicants will have to attend the Basic Telecommunications
Academy, administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Training. The
Academy is held at Eastern Kentucky (EKU) in Richmond. Employees receive training
and are tested in different areas pertaining to this position. You will be
required to stay at the law enforcement dormitory located on the EKU campus for
the full five weeks of the Academy, excluding weekends. Employees will be
paid while at the academy, food will be provided and employees will receive
compensation for use of their vehicle. It is mandatory to successfully complete
the Academy to remain employed at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
SALARY & BENEFITS
A full-time telecommunicator will earn a annual starting salary of $30,081.39.
Pay increases are given at the discretion of
the Sheriff. Health insurance is offered through the Sheriff’s Office. You will
be afforded the opportunity to select a plan that will best suit your situation.
The Sheriff pays the same amount towards each employee’s insurance plan. If you
select a plan that exceeds this amount, you will be responsible for the
remainder of the balance. There are also dental insurance plans available at your
New employees will accrue 7.5 hours of sick time per month to use if the
employee is ill or an immediate family member needs the employee for medical
assistance. New employees will also accrue 6.3 hours of annual time that can
be used at the discretion of the supervisor. Both types of time can be
saved and does carry over from year to year.
If you have additional questions regarding Telecommunications Employment
please email Penny Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org