PSTT Selection Process

 Communications Division / 911 Dispatch Webpage

All Public Safety Tele-Communicators (PST’s) employed by the Ocean County Sheriff’s must first pass a stringent selection process. The first step in the process is obtaining certifications in Public Safety Tele-Communications (OETS-40 hours), CPR, and Emergency Medical Dispatch (32 hours).

When an opening exists and applications are being accepted, a complete and accurate application must be submitted within the time frame set, to include copies of all required paperwork. Failure to follow the instructions given will result in a removal from consideration.

Successful applicants then must pass a typing test in which they must accurately type at least 40 words per minute. Those candidates then must pass a detailed background investigation (a criminal conviction or extensive motor vehicle violations will result in automatic removal from consideration), medical and psychological exams, and drug screening. Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the hiring committee.

Once hired, a Public Safety Tele-Communicator Trainee (PSTT) will be assigned a trainer. The trainer will provide instruction on receiving and responding to telephone and/or other electronic requests for emergency assistance. These requests include law enforcement, fire, medical, and/or other emergency services. The trainee will then be instructed how to dispatch appropriate units to response sites. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office divides this workload into three sections: call-taking, police dispatch, and fire/ems dispatch. Trainees must obtain competency in each area within the 90-day evaluation period.

Further explanation of the duties and requirements of the position can be found at the New Jersey Civil Service Commission PSTT Job Specifications