Dispatcher Recruiting and Requirements

The TCC Police Department maintains a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week communications office dedicated to supporting the police officers in the field. All communications personnel undergo state certified initial and continuing training to become and maintain their credentials as police communications dispatchers.

Hiring Process

The hiring process for law enforcement positions can take several months. In most cases, some or all of the following steps will be involved:

  • Completion of a detailed employment application and personal history statement
  • A written examination (to measure basic reading comprehension and writing skills, general intelligence and/or specific knowledge)
  • An extensive background investigation for the purpose of ascertaining an applicant's character, maturity level, integrity and suitability for police work
  • A physical examination by a physician to determine if an applicant is in sound health
  • A drug screening test to detect use of any illicit drugs
  • A psychological examination by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, usually including standardized tests to detect serious psychological disorders and potential psychological problems
  • An oral review board (group interview) often consisting of scenario situations and problem-solving exercises, designed to measure the applicant's decision-making ability, knowledge of the law and general law enforcement procedures, and ethical factors
  • A follow-up interview with the Chief of Police or his designated police official


  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalency
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have no felony convictions
  • Must not have any Class B misdemeanor convictions or court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offenses above the grade of Class B within the last 10 years
  • Must not have convictions, probation or deferred dispositions for family violence
  • Must not have any evidence of recent alcohol abuse or recent narcotic use or involvement
  • Must have a good driving record
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle
  • Must be of good character



Karen Lackey, Communications Manager



In Case of Emergency

  • Emergencies: Dial 911

  • TCC Police: Dial 817-515-8911 (or 58911 from any on-campus telephone)

For the Fastest Response

For the fastest response to an emergency of any type, all efforts should be made to contact the TCC Police Department first. TCC officers are already on campuses, and they know the campuses well.

Dialing 911 from a cell phone on a campus will not connect you to the TCC Police Department but will connect you to the municipal public safety call center closest to your location.


Please report any errors or dead links to Shane Bunch (shane.bunch@tccd.edu), TCC Police webmaster




Updated June 16, 2014


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