Complaint Taker - Auxiliary

Position Title:                                       Complaint Taker

Number of Positions:                          Various

Duration:                                             Auxiliary

Work Schedule:                                  Days/Nights - as and when required

Pay Group:                                         $30.76/hour (pay grade 9)

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST be received by 4:30 p.m. on the above closing date and must be complete, including all qualifications and experience relevant to this position.  Please quote the competition number on your submission. 

To apply please forward your submission electronically to:


  • Police/Information Management/Communications

Position Function:

  • Receive and process enhanced 9-1-1 and non-emergency telephone calls to the Police Department and forward relevant information to Communications Specialists for dispatching.

Key Duties:

  • Respond to a variety of emergency and non-emergency requests for service, complaints and enquiries; monitor, answer, process and verify 9-1-1 emergency telephone calls; compile documentation where police attendance is required; transfer and monitor calls to alternative emergency services to determine police action; implement follow-up procedure on abandoned 9-1-1 emergency calls; advise and assist the public in 9-1-1 procedures; report and record 9-1-1 line trouble.
  • Attend Communication Training Block Program to develop the skills required to perform the duties of a Communications Specialist including dispatch; formulate comprehensive reports pertaining to incidents which do not require immediate police action; evaluate individual incidents and determine action and follow-up requirements where necessary; perform job related work such as follow-up inquiries to complete incident reports; confirm warrants for execution.
  • Perform departmental data entry as required to related computer systems; confirm, enter and remove warrants, persons, vehicles and property on the National Canadian Police Information System; operate and monitor communication recording devices; monitor and respond to internal alarm systems by confirming status of alarm and taking required action.
  • Respond to a variety of requests for routine and confidential information from police and other authorized agencies, use appropriate computer terminals for research and verification; route applicable information to the appropriate authority for action.
  • Prepare, sort, maintain and file a variety of records, forms, files, lists and reports; order and stock stationary supplies as required; relieve and assist the telephone operator during routine breaks; attend scheduled meetings, training seminars and courses as required.
  • Perform related duties where qualified.
  • This is a training position to develop the skills required to perform the duties of a Communications Specialist.  An assessment period will follow training to ascertain suitability for promotion to Communications Specialist position.


  • Work is generated by operational demand and is performed according to established policies and procedures.
  • Work is reviewed while in progress.
  • Problems which deviate from established procedure are referred to supervisor.

Working Conditions:

Physical Effort:

  • Prolonged sitting with restricted movement. (frequent)
  • Sit with arms unsupported while keyboarding. (often)

Mental Effort:

  • Deal with emergency situations, complaints and people in distress. (often)
  • Concentrate on concurrent calls and tasks. (often)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

  • Monitor various telephone and computer displays for long periods. (often)

Work Environment:

  • Communications centre.
  • This is a shift position. (premium item)

Key Skills and Abilities:

  • Analyze calls, assess situations and determine action and method of response.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • Operate enhanced 9 1 1 system and electronic communications equipment.
  • Type 60 wpm
  • Understand and apply the techniques of Public Safety Communications.
  • Working level operation of current Police Department computerized systems.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

  • High school graduation.
  • Completion Public Safety Communications Program (1 year)
  • Required to obtain security and criminal record clearance.
  • Required to sign attestation of confidentiality.


  • 1 year related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • May be requested to substitute in a more senior position

Job Description:  4243