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Careers

Dispatcher

City of Rehoboth Beach dispatchers take emergency and nonemergency calls from the public and share critical information with police officers as well as dispatch fire and ambulance calls.

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rehoboth beach police dispatcher at work

Dispatchers must be able to remain calm in stressful situations; collect, process, synthesize, and relay critical information; and provide additional communication support services to emergency responders. Dispatchers must work rotating 12-hour shifts that include weekends, nights, and holidays. Starting salary for this position is $18.31/hour or approximately $38,084 annually. Other benefits include participation in the city-sponsored 401K plan, availability of comprehensive health plans, paid holidays and overtime, generous vacation and sick leave, and more.

Qualifications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent command of English.
  • A self-starter with a positive attitude and ability to work tactfully with the public.
  • Ability to learn and interpret maps, multitask, and remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Proficiency in keyboarding skills.
  • Ability to operate the computer-aided dispatch/telecommunications system and learn and use codes, abbreviations, and terminology utilized in emergency communications.
  • Must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and high school graduate, and possess a valid driver’s license.

The hiring process includes a computer-generated exam that assesses skills related to multitasking, typing efficiency, map reading, decision making, memory recall, and listening skills. The process also includes a panel interview, comprehensive background investigation that includes a voice-stress analysis exam, and interview with the police chief. Upon offer of employment, the applicant must pass both a physical and psychological exam as well as a drug test.

Interested individuals should complete and submit the dispatcher application:

Completed, typed applications may be mailed, hand delivered, or scanned and emailed to:

Rehoboth Beach Police Department
Attn: Marion Jones – Office of the Chief of Police
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Emailed application packets must be signed, scanned, and sent to [email protected]; no electronic signatures will be accepted. This position remains open until filled.

Full-Time Police Officer 

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department currently has no openings for full-time officers. Please check back to this page regularly for updates and information about available positions.

Start your law enforcement career with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department

Police cadet hiring for the 2022 season has closed. Please check this page in November for information about applying to be a police cadet for the 2023 season.

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Rehoboth Beach Police Department cadets go places: Former cadets now work at law enforcement agencies across the country, including the FBI, DEA, Border Patrol, Secret Service, and Delaware State Police. We hire only the top candidates, those who possess the highest degree of judgment, maturity, integrity, and credibility, to help serve and protect the Nation's Summer Capital.

There are lots of great reasons to kickstart your law enforcement career in Rehoboth Beach:

  • competitive wages: at least $17/hour with experience bonuses (find more information about compensation and benefits)
  • gain experience and earn valuable references for future police employment
  • get paid while being trained
  • work with and be mentored by full-time officers
  • all uniforms and equipment are provided
  • the Nation's Summer Capital is your workplace!

Qualifications and requirements

In order to be eligible to be hired by the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, cadet candidates must:

  • be at least 19 by June 1, 2023
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  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a high school graduate
  • possess a valid driver's license
  • have no felony or domestic violence convictions
  • submit a completed application
  • pass a written examination and modified background investigation.

Additional qualifications
Hiring process

All applications must be typed.  Upon completion, all application packets must be mailed, hand delivered, or scanned and emailed to:

Rehoboth Beach Police Department
Attn:  Marion Jones – Office of the Chief of Police
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

All emailed application packets must be signed, scanned, and sent to [email protected]. No electronic signatures will be accepted. 

Questions? Email or call Marion Jones at 302-227-2577.

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Training sessions are mandatory

Candidates who are conditionally hired must attend all required training sessions. (Remember, you'll be getting paid while being trained.) 

 

RBPD made a difference in launching these law enforcement careers

“Immediately after graduating from college, I was hired by the Delaware State Police. I already had some police experience from working with RBPD, and I know it better prepared me for the transition from the police academy to field training to working on my own.” - Det. Jessica Mitchell, Delaware State Police

“Being a seasonal police officer with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department was a great learning experience and molded me into the officer I am today.” - Ofc. Jenifer Ceja, University of Delaware Police

“The time spent as a seasonal officer for the Rehoboth Beach Police Department was the most rewarding in my life and solidified my career choice as a police officer.” - Ofc. Dominic Scarpone, Middletown Police Department

“I credit the training and experience I gained from seasonal employment with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department for establishing the foundation for a successful career. Thank you, RBPD.” - Lt. Col. Daniel K. Meadows, Delaware State Police

"As a seasonal officer with the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, I was able to work alongside full-time officers, and gained the experience and fundamentals necessary to confidently start a full-time career in law enforcement.” - Deputy Alyson Jackson, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office

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