The Dispatcher Public Safety Basic Course satisfies the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum training requirements for entry-level dispatchers and is designed for both employed and/or students interested in entering into a career as a public safety dispatcher. The Dispatcher Public Safety Basic course is currently offered only in the traditional intensive format consisting of three consecutive weeks of instruction. The staff consists of Bakersfield College Public Safety Training Department and Public Safety Dispatchers.
The course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including: Ethics and Professionalism, Criminal Justice System, Workplace Communication, Telephone Technology and Procedures, Missing Persons, Domestic Violence, Community Policing, Cultural Diversity, Law enforcement Technologies, Radio Technologies and Procedures, Critical Incidents, Wellness Management, Gang Awareness, Hate Crimes, Sexual Harassment, and an overview of many other legal aspects of public safety. Bakersfield College adheres to POST attendance requirements. POST requires that students maintain a 95% attendance standard in this course. Students may be disqualified from the Basic Dispatch Academy if they have been cumulatively absent for more than 5% of the course or if the absences have not been deemed "excusable" by staff.
Financial Aid begins with the Free Application for Federal Aid. Further information about financial aid can be found at BC's Financial Aid. (Basic tuition costs consists of 7 units total x 46 per unit =$322.00 in addition to other college service fees)
By completing the dispatcher academy, students will be able to apply for a public safety dispatcher position within any police department in the State of California.