Dispatcher Expectations & Benefits


Customer Service is our priority as we serve a diverse community comprised of students, faculty, staff, visitors, hospital guests, and vendors.

Training: To maintain certification, Police Communications officers must complete at least 8 hours of training annually.

Telecommunications Academy: Each Police Communications officer attends the four week Telecommunications Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) in Richmond, KY.

Employee Education Plan (EEP): Regular, full-time staff may receive a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per academic year through the Employee Education Program. Eligible employees with at least one year of continuous, regular, full-time service who are not using the Employee Education Program may choose to receive a tuition discount (10 percent to 50 percent) for their child or spouse/sponsored dependent through the Family Education Program.

Unique Training Opportunities: Beyond the 8 hours required by the Department of Criminal Justice Training, UKPD officers can submit proposals to complete additional training as continuous professional development.


200% Match Retirement Plan: Retirement savings are an important part of your total compensation package and help ensure a more financially secure future. Under the 403(b) retirement plan, you contribute 5 percent of your base salary, and UK proudly contributes an amount equivalent to 10 percent of your base salary. Participation in this plan is mandatory for employees age 30 and over. You will be fully vested after three years of continuous, regular, full-time service.

Health Care Plans: UK offers four health plan options. You can decide on the plan and coverage that is best for you and your family’s needs here.

Up-to-Date and Latest Technology and Equipment:  UKPD prides itself on being a progressive department that is eager to explore technology and equipment trends.
Monthly Uniform and Equipment Allowance: All Police Communications officers are afforded a monthly allowance through the Quartermaster Account System to maintain their uniform and equipment.

Starting Pay is $15/hour considering relevant experience and education.

Total Compensation Calculator:  The total compensation calculator is a tool to compare and evaluate the overall benefits of being a UK employee to your current employer. We know that the decision can be difficult, but as a UK employee, you enjoy a full range of benefits, services and programs that go well beyond your salary.