The Broward Sheriff's Office SWAT dispatcher program was launched in January 2009 incorporating qualifying dispatchers into the highly specialized training environment of the Broward Sheriff's Office SWAT team. Through both classroom and field training exercises, the SWAT dispatcher is able to learn about the weapons and tactics utilized in a variety of situations the BSO SWAT team may encounter.
SWAT tactical dispatchers are placed into an on-call rotation and are utilized exclusively for SWAT events. Their in depth knowledge of communications operations and exposure to SWAT training and tactics ensure the SWAT team members have a tactically trained dispatcher to effectively monitor and accurately document all SWAT events.
Currently, The Broward Sheriff's Office Communications Division employs approximately 20 SWAT dispatchers. The telecommunicator must meet the following criteria:
- Be a fully trained law enforcement dispatcher with no less then 2 years experience.
- Demonstrated the ability to effectively monitor multiple radio talk groups simultaneously.
- Demonstrated adherence to the Sheriff's Policy Manual and divisional Standard Operating Procedures.
- Demonstrated proficient knowledge of the geographical boundaries of the Districts/Special Patrol Areas of the Broward Sheriff's Office and all surrounding jurisdictions.
- Demonstrated the ability to anticipate the needs of the field units, i.e., wrecker services, re-contact, cross-referencing of information, canine, aviation etc.
- Ability to record and relay information in the verbiage associated with law enforcement tactical incidents.
- Demonstrated the ability to remain calm and professional during critical incidents.
- Demonstrated the ability to articulate through various mediums, i.e., oral and written communications.