SC Department of Public Safety Telecommunications Operator I in Statewide, South Carolina


This posting will be used to fill five (5) positions.

The ideal candidate will possess strong customer service skills, the ability to work independently, and advanced multi-tasking skills in order to listen, talk, read, and type simultaneously with accuracy.

Receives and dispatches information to DPS enforcement personnel and other agencies over two-way radio systems, telephones, teletype, computer aided dispatch, and fax machine.

Maintains computerized documentation (CAD) of all radio transmissions, accident call in reports, teletype reports, SLED/CJICS, NLETS, and NCIC transactions. (This is the primary means utilized for documentation of information received.)

Receives calls from citizens requesting assistance for traffic accidents, reckless drivers, road rage, disabled motorist, attempting to contact troopers, and other road conditions that require emergency response. Provides information on road and weather conditions and best routes to travel.

Retrieves information from computer terminals for driver's license and vehicle registration, both in-state and out-of-state. Inquires to determine possible stolen vehicle, wanted and missing persons, and stolen gun reports.

Directs troopers to traffic accident scenes or any other type of situation requiring response.

Reads maps to find locations to relay to troopers in locating incidents.

Maintains recorder system, notifying personnel of any malfunctions.

Acts as backup for Emergency Preparedness Division in receiving notification from Nuclear power plants and Nuclear facilities of any potential unplanned or accidental release of radioactive material. Upon notification, immediately notifies Bureau of Radiological Health and the Emergency Preparedness Division.

Receive calls for DOT and DOR from the public requesting information and/or assistance after normal working hours.

Working Conditions: This position works in an office type setting and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods; the ability to maintain composure in emergency and stressful situations.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:

A high school diploma or equivalent and Public Safety Dispatching experience.

Valid driver's license.


Applicants must have the ability to convey and interpret oral and written communications to and from law enforcement officers and the general public. Applicants must have the ability to type and operate a computer or quickly acquire typing and computer skills.

Applicants must possess the ability to solicit accurate information in an emergency situation.

Applicants must possess the ability to remain calm and make quick decisions during stressful situations and emergencies.

Applicants must have the ability to relate well with the public over the telephone.

Applicants must possess the ability to read a map.

Applicants must have the ability to pass and maintain NCIC certification.

Applicants must possess a high degree of independence in completing the work with accountability for their own actions and decisions in the absence of a supervisor.

Applicants must be able to work at a fast pace where quick sound decision making is necessary.

Applicant must be able to work 12-hour rotating shifts including nights, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours on short notice.

Applicant must be able to provide immediate response to emergency situations and determine required action in a calm manner.

All applicants will be required to participate in a background investigation to include; criminal history check, driving history, history of drug use, employer & reference check and a polygraph examination.

NOTE: If any Additional Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those Additional Requirements to be considered for the position.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a customer service environment preferred.

Entry-level work experience with voice communications systems or central switchboard operations preferred. Additional Comments: This position REQUIRES the employee to work rotating shifts which includes days, nights, weekends and holidays.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol operates four regional tele-communications centers. Tele-communications centers are located in Blythewood, Greenville, Florence and Charleston. Applicants must select which center they are applying for in the supplemental questions portion of the application. Only tele-communications centers with current vacancies will be listed in the supplemental questions.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is committed to a diverse workforce and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

Job Title: Telecommunications Operator I

Agency: Department of Public Safety

Opening Date: Tue. 05/17/16

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

State Salary Range: $26,988.00 - $49,932.00 annually

Agency Hiring Range: Min: $12.00 Max:$12.00

Job Type: Temporary - Part-Time

Location: Statewide, South Carolina

Normal Work Schedule: 12-hour Rotating Shifts