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Anyone know how to go about applying for a PA State Police Dispatcher position? I am interested, but not sure who to send my resume into, or if it can be done online. Thanks for any help.
 

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With them building all the regional dispatch centers you would be looking at going to Harrisburg or Westmoreland County for work. There is a form on the state web site to download which is a standard form to send in. I am assuming by your screen name that you dispatch already somewhere else. My suggestion would be to make a couple of phone calls. I know that helped me get on the list when I was looking.

And no I am not currently a PCO for the SP. I work at a municipal department dispatching.
 

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Hey "senduhelp"...I see you're in Mechanicsburg. I'm just over in Enola. Are you currently a dispatcher somewhere? How do you like not be able to monitor Cumberland County anymore because of OpenSky?

Dave G.
 

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trafficdan said:
With them building all the regional dispatch centers you would be looking at going to Harrisburg or Westmoreland County for work. There is a form on the state web site to download which is a standard form to send in. I am assuming by your screen name that you dispatch already somewhere else. My suggestion would be to make a couple of phone calls. I know that helped me get on the list when I was looking.

And no I am not currently a PCO for the SP. I work at a municipal department dispatching.
The five regional CDC's will be in:

Harrisburg, Dauphin County (operational)
Norristown, Montgomery County (operational)
Greensburg, Westmoreland County (operational?)
Clarion, Clarion County (under construction)
Pittston, Luzerne County (under construction)

The PCO jobs are non-civil service, so the process is a little different from many state jobs which are civil service.

Somebody left the link to the Bureau of State Employment. Here is a link directly to the page listing PCO's:
http://www.hrm.state.pa.us/oahrm/cwp/view.asp?a=136&Q=176655&PM=1&oahrmNav=|7773|7774|

To apply:
http://www.hrm.state.pa.us/oahrm/cwp/view.asp?a=136&Q=68554&oahrmNav=|7773|
 
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dmg1969 said:
Hey "senduhelp"...I see you're in Mechanicsburg. I'm just over in Enola. Are you currently a dispatcher somewhere? How do you like not be able to monitor Cumberland County anymore because of OpenSky?

Dave G.
Hey Dave,

I used to work as a dispatcher down in Virginia, I moved to PA in May 2005 and am interested in getting back in the profession. I hated to hear it when Cumberland moved to the OpenSky system. I enjoyed the short period of time when they were still simulcasting on 45.90. I guess I figured it would happen sometime.
 

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Thank you, everyone, for your help. I appeciate it. "PortCop" I actually searched using yahoo search and just wasn't getting to the page I needed to be. Sorry to inconvenience you, but I appreciate your help.
 

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senduhelp, well please accept my belated welcome to PA! LOL. Yes, the switch to OpenSky has been a real kick in the butt for me. I'm 37 and had listened to Cumberland County police, fire and EMS...mostly police...since I was a teen. I really don't hold an interest in fire and EMS unless the fire whistle near our house goes off. So, needless to say, it has been a real adjustment. I thought about getting into ham radio, but I just don't have enough interest. I have the Dauphin County and Harrisburg City police, fire and EMS programmed in my one remaining scanner (I used to have 4), but rarely monitor them.

I have been in contact with various people from news directors, M/A-COM sales reps and Cumberland County EMA directors regarding whether an OpenSky scanner will ever be available or if receive-only radios would be made available to the general public. I have spoken with Ali Lanyon over at WHTM TV27 several times and I know that they received their receive-only radio and really like it. The Cumberland County EMA director said he thought M/A-COM was talking to scanner manufacturers about an OpenSky scanner, but the sales rep I spoke with said he knew of no plans.

I'll wait a little while and check back with some of them regarding any progress in the idea of an OpenSky scanner or receive-only radios.

Dave
 

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"The PCO jobs are non-civil service, so the process is a little different from many state jobs which are civil service"

Absolutely correct. Unfortunately, unless you have some "political" support, a minority, and/or disabled, I would not be overly optimistic about securing a dispatcher position. In your favor, of course, is your experience. Contact your local representatives and schedule a brief meeting. Have a good copy of your resume to submit..
 

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Thanks Echo for the information. I didn't realize that it would be so "involved" to get hired with PSP. As you mentioned, and I thought too, that my experience would be a plus for me. I didn't know it would take contacting local represntatives and discussing my employment interests to get hired. You must know much more about than I do. Thanks again.
 

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You will also need to get and complete a Non-Civil Service application. I think they are available at any PA Job Center (or whatever they are called now).
 
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