Riverside Police Department

RPD Employment


"The Best of the Best"

The Riverside Police Department is looking for highly motivated individuals whose desire is to become community orientated problem solvers. All police employees are held to the highest standards of professional conduct, which is essential to maintaining the trust of the community they serve. Opportunities are available for qualified individuals capable of meeting the demands and standards of an exciting career in law enforcement. 

Only those positions that are currently open can be found on the City of Riverside Human Resources website located at: https://cityjobs.riversideca.gov/hr/ . Applications will only be accepted online. Questions concerning the application submissions will be addressed by the City of Riverside Human Resources Department. The City of Riverside Human Resources Department is located at 3900 Main St, Riverside California 92501. The 24-hour job line number for Human Resources Department is (951) 826-5808.

The Riverside Police Department is accepting applications for Entry and Lateral level Public Safety Dispatcher through Monday, October 6th.  This recruitment will be used to establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill vacancies, as they occur, in the Communication Division of the Riverside Police Department.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Receive incoming telephone calls on an assigned shift; input and retrieve information in a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

·         Obtain and record information using a telephone system or mobile data computer (MDC) to enter information necessary to provide law enforcement, fire medical and other emergency services such as ambulances and tow trucks to citizens.

·         Run inquiries on DOJ, National Crime Information Service, FBI and Stolen Vehicle System.

·         Compile data and maintain records of incidents, equipment and personnel dispatched, and/or disposition of emergencies.

·         Send, receive and decode teletype information.

·         Provide a variety of public information relating to law enforcement or fire activities.

·         Operate a variety of equipment such as a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, 9-1-1 telephone system and alarm monitoring system.

·         Calm distressed citizens on the phone.

·         Coordinate emergency calls and relay information; and assistance requests involving other law enforcement and firefighting agencies.

Additional qualifications may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, as well as days, swing and graveyard shifts.

·         Must be able to pass a speed and accuracy typing test at 35 wpm.

·         Must be able to pass an extensive police background investigation.

·         Must be able to sit for long periods in a confined area and wear a headset.

·         Possession of, or ability to obtain within 30 days of appointment, a valid appropriate Class “C” California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

·         Possession of, or ability to obtain within twelve months of employment, a POST Basic Dispatcher Certificate or equivalent certificate.

Trainee applicants must have completed an equivalent to the twelfth grade. Lateral applicants must have completed an equivalent to the twelfth grade and have at least six months of non-probationary experience as a Public Safety Dispatcher for a police or fire department.

Applicants for the position will be screened for minimum qualifications before being invited to continue in the hiring process. For a complete list of requirements and expectations, please visit the City of Riverside Human Resources job information page at www.riversideca.gov.

The Riverside Police Department is dedicated to hiring only those individuals who meet the highest of professional standards with a commitment to serving all members of their community with sensitivity, empathy, and impartiality. The City of Riverside encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Chief of Police Sergio G. Diaz

RPD Employment Links
General Information
RPD Recruiting Line:
City Human Resources:
Application Drop Off:
3900 Main St
Riverside, CA 92501

For Non-Emergencies
Call 951-354-2007
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