NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Sheriff’s office is looking for the right candidates to join its team at the 911 Center.
“The 911 Center is actually the backbone of public safety,” said Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting.
The sheriff’s office is looking for four part-time 911 dispatchers and a full-time position which will be available in January.
“It’s absolutely not a job for everyone,” said Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Chief Dispatcher A. Wesley Jones. “It’s a fast-paced environment. People have to be dedicated and have a level of interest in public safety.”
Jones says the office is looking for specific criteria for those who are interested in the position.
“Experience either in fire, EMS, maybe retired law enforcement, they peak our interests,” he said.
He also notes if you don’t match those qualifications you could still fit the job.
“That’s not absolutely a requirement and certainly anybody who has worked in a fast-paced environment of some type who has some relatable experience. They are certainly people we are looking for,” Jones added.
Jones says finding the right people is crucial.
“A lot of it has to do with schedules and things like that,” he said. “It’s a 24/7 job. You work holidays. You work nights. You work weekends and that doesn’t appeal to everybody.”
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“Sometimes those tests can be difficult. You may not pass the first time. Don’t be afraid to come back and take the test again,” said Cutting. “The process can be lengthy and seem daunting. You have to fill out applications, our applications. We have to conduct a background investigation.”
To become a 911 dispatcher you have until December to apply.
“Be honest, truthful, if it’s something you’re truly interested in keep taking the test,” explained Cutting.