DCM - Dispatch & Contact Officer

We are welcoming applications for the role of DCM - Dispatch & Contact Officer with Dorset Police based at the following location(s): Police Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorset  

Salary: Scale D - Starts at £24,921 rising by yearly increments to a maximum of £27,351 per annum 
Please note that the above salary is based on working 37 hours per week. If this role is part-time or you are appointed on a part-time basis your salary will be prorated to reflect this. Exceptions to starting salary may apply if you are an existing Devon & Cornwall or Dorset Police Staff employee substantively posted to a role at the same Scale.

Type of employment:

Type of working arrangement: Static-Worker - A Static-Worker has little or no opportunity to work remotely as they need to carry out their work at a specific force premises, this could be for a number of reasons including the location of equipment. 
Hours per week: this role is 37 hours per week. However, we welcome applications from individuals wishing to work on a part-time basis and we are willing to consider flexible working patterns subject to business need.
Allowances: This role attracts Shift Allowance, Weekend Working payment . For additional information on allowances please see our "allowances" page

Owing to the nature of the role, candidates will need to have reached the age of 18 by the start date.

Earn up to £35,321 per annum.  The commencing salary is Scale D £28,409 inclusive of 14% shift allowance PLUS the potential to earn up to £2,500 in weekend working allowance (which is claimable).

When proficient (this is subject to pass/fail assessments after completion of 999 training) you will move to the full shift pattern and receive Scale D £32,821 inclusive of 20% shift allowance PLUS the potential to earn up to £2500 in weekend working allowance (which is claimable).  Please note, initial training up to the point of becoming proficient in 999 can take between 5 to 7 months on average. Dispatch training is scheduled after this time frame but well within the probationary period.

Yearly increments will apply until the top of the scale is reached, in order to earn £32,821 per annum, inclusive of 20% shift allowance.

A unique job for a unique person, this role demands a friendly, patient, broad minded individual with a positive attitude. You must be able to work as part of a close knit, supportive team and make decisions in situations which may be frustrating or distressing for the caller.

The role of a Dispatch and Contact Officer at Winfrith requires you to participate in the operation of the Dorset Contact Management and provide a high-quality service to members of the public, police officers and police staff.

The focus of the Force Command Centre is on making every contact count by ‘getting it right first time’ and ensuring an efficient and effective customer journey as well as seeking to address the maximum number of calls at the first point of contact within a 24 hour capability. You will also be responsible for directing officers to the scenes of incidents and controlling incidents via radio and other forms of digital communication.

Prior to your Contact Officer training course (which you will be advised of once you have started in the role) you will be working as a triage operator to familiarise yourself with Contact Centre and the types of enquiries. Your salary and shift allowance will remain as above.

You will act as the first point of contact for members of the public using the 101 and 999 service, utilising risk assessments you will ensure that the most appropriate help and support is established, providing an efficient and reactive response to requests for service from the public.

Please note: No annual leave will be granted during the Contact Officer training course dates and these dates will be confirmed once you are in force. Any leave booked prior to joining the force will be honoured. Whilst this role is based at Winfrith, you may be required to travel to the Bournemouth site for training.

Recruitment Timeline

You may wish to make a note of some key stages which sets out your journey to the Dorset Police family.

  • Eligibility to apply via our e-recruitment portal.
  • Situational Judgement Test - You will have 7 days to complete once you have completed your eligibility.
  • Virtual Assessment Centre - You will have 7 days to complete once you have passed the SJT.
  • Final Interview and telephone assessment. You will receive a link to book an interview if you have passed the SJT and Virtual Assessment Centre.

Want to know more about this role?

Further detail regarding this role and the essential requirements can be found within the job description attached below.

If you think this may be the role for you and would like further information, please contact: 

Hiring Line Manager: Tony Philbrick - Contact Management Resources Planning Officer 

Email Address: tony.philbrick@dorset.pnn.police.uk 

Telephone Number: N/A 

What you get if you join us:

If you work for us, you will get access to:

  • A competitive salary with yearly increments.
  • Access to heavily subsidised gym membership that will provide you access to police site gyms throughout the counties.
  • Access to the Blue Light Card Scheme for discounts and services (requires a one-off payment of £5).
  • Company sick pay.
  • Competitive local government pension scheme.
  • Job related equipment, as required.
  • Free onsite parking at many police sites throughout the counties.
  • Access to Group insurance scheme (via salary sacrifice scheme).
  • Support networks, free Employees' Assistance Programme, Occupational Health and wellbeing services.
  • Development and training opportunities.
  • Supportive and flexible training plan, including regular check-ins throughout your initial period of joining us to ensure you are up to speed with the role and getting the support you need.

Annual Leave Entitlement:

25 days a year leave entitlement, with an increase to 30 days after 5 years continuous employment, plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time employees).

Additional Information

Dual working: This role will require the post holder to travel to alternative locations on an ad hoc basis to undertake the role, travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with force policy.
Tenure: 2 years 
Political Restrictions: None apply to this role.

Recruitment Process

Application Stage:

To apply for this role, click the 'apply' button below, you will then be taken to a registration page. Please complete this registration form to create an account, once created you will be taken to the application. 

Already have an account? If you have previously created an account, please click 'login' at the bottom of the page next to the 'submit registration' button. Once logged in, you will be taken to the application. 

Once registered, you will have to complete an eligibility form to apply. If eligible, you will move to the application form stage where you will evidence your suitability for this post. The closing date for applications is 21/03/2024, 12:00.

Selection Stage: 

The selection for this role will consist of Interview, Situational Judgement Test (CRC / FCC only), Assessment, Virtual Assessment (CRC/FCC only).

Applications will be anonymised and then shortlisted by the shortlisting panel.  Following the shortlisting you will be notified of the recruitment decision via email along with feedback on your application. 

If successful, you will then be invited to an interview. This will be based on the essential criteria outlined within the job description. The interview process is due to take place week commencing 12 February 2024.

Some roles may also require an assessment and / or fitness test. Further information on this will be provided following the shortlisting process. 


If you are successful through the selection stage of the recruitment process, we will make a conditional offer of appointment and commence pre-requisite checks. These checks can include: 

  • Vetting checks,
  • Reference checks,
  • Medical assessment,
  • Qualification review,
  • Right to Work checks.

A formal offer of appointment and start date will not be agreed until all checks are satisfactorily completed. If you are successful at the selection stage your conditional offer will outline which of these checks are applicable to you. 


The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes.

Please ensure you allow time to complete your application fully as part complete pages do not save.  

If the role has evidence questions you are required to complete in the application form, you may wish to complete these remotely and then paste your answers into the boxes at time of submission. Please note, each evidence criterion is set to a maximum of 2000 characters. 

This opportunity is closed to applications.