Idaho State Police Propose New Training For 911 Dispatchers

Dec 5, 2016

The Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies are pushing for new rules for 911 and emergency dispatchers.

Idaho does not currently require training or hiring standards for 911 dispatchers.

ISP, the Idaho Sheriff’s Association and the Idaho Chiefs of Police want to change that. They’ve drafted legislation that would require a week of either academy or online training in the field of emergency dispatching.

Dispatchers would also have to take a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education classes every two years.

Supporters of the proposed legislation says it would not cost the state any money and that Emergency Communications Officers need training because of their critical role in public safety.

Idaho has 46 primary 911 centers, along with other secondary centers.

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