Public Safety Advocate

Part-Time / Full-Time

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Position Overview

Position is an essential personnel position which requires working in a variety of situations including during holidays, weekends, day/evening/night shifts, and during state of emergency. Position supports a 24/7, 365-day operation. Successful candidates must be able to work all shifts and have the flexibility to alter schedule based on departmental and operational need.

The IXP Public Safety Advocate serves as the central point of contact for visitors of the Danbury Police Department Main Lobby and provides information pertaining to police and City services. Evaluates citizen requests for services and makes arrangements for such requests.  Answers telephone calls when department telephones are inaccessible and makes computer entries into CAD system.  Monitors security cameras and issues visitor passes.  Has primary responsibility for public traffic into secure areas of the Police Department. This position will work under the administrative supervision the 911 Director and Lead PSA/311 Manager but is often required to work with little or no direct supervision.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Greet persons entering the Police Department, determine nature and purpose of visit, and direct or escort them to specific destinations.
  • Hear and resolve complaints from customers and public.
  • Answer telephone, screen and forward calls, providing information, taking messages and scheduling appointments.
  • Make entries into computer aided dispatch systems (CAD).
  • Type documents and prepare reports utilizing appropriate software programs.
  • Monitor security cameras.
  • Issue and account for visitor passes.
  • Make entries and maintain logbooks, lists as required.
  • Prepare written reports when required.
  • Confirm the existence of paper warrants in department files.
  • Collect, sort, distribute and prepare mail, messages and courier deliveries.
  • File and maintain records and maintain confidential information.
  • Perform duties such to maintain a clean, professional lobby or reception area.
  • Follow operational direction from on-duty police sergeants or police lieutenants to meet the operational needs of the organization.
  • Performs related work as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • 2 years prior receptionist/customer service experience (customer service setting, law enforcement setting, or quasi-military organization helpful).
  • Strong typing and data entry skills
  • Strong computer skills including 2 years’ experience with Microsoft Office
  • Bi-lingual and multi-cultural experience a plus.
  • Ability to speak clearly and perform related clerical duties; ability to deal tactfully with the public; clerical aptitude; ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to accurately perform tasks and to project confidence.
  • Detail oriented with good organizational and follow up skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to maintain professionalism in all interactions with the public with the ability to listen and communicate in a calm effective manner in all types of situations.
  • Ability to think and act quickly in emergency and highly emotional situations with reason proper judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work with computers and surveillance equipment.
  • Ability to work in a 24/7 environment.
  • Ability to work overtime or to be called to work on short notice.
  • Ability to pass a law enforcement background and security check.
Physical Demands
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate personal computers.
  • Sitting and standing for extended periods of time while working at computer keyboards, monitoring a variety of public safety communications systems and completing documentation required of operations.
  • Vision, specifically to include up close, distance, color and peripheral; depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information with emergency callers and public safety personnel.
  • Light lifting and walking up/down stairs.
  • Exposure to moderate noise.#IND1