Jennifer’s lifelong dream was to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a police officer. From a young age Jennifer learned the 10 and 11 codes and tried to absorb as much as she could from her father. She would wait up at night so she could hear the stories of him arresting the bad guys.
Jennifer attended public schools in El Centro, CA and graduated from Central Union High School in 1997. While attending high school she took ROP Law Enforcement classes where she learned about the law. After graduation, Jennifer started working at a local hospital in the emergency room as a unit clerk. While employed at the hospital, Jennifer became an EMT and received her phlebotomy certificate.
In 2005, Jennifer began her career with the El Centro Police Department. Jennifer had such a passion for the job that she completed training in four months and after about a year and a half on the job became a Communications Training Officer. Shortly after her last child was born, recently divorced, Jennifer went back to school so she could provide a better life for her family. During this time Jennifer’s youngest child was diagnosed with William’s Syndrome and learned that she would require a lot of medical attention. With her family support Jennifer was able to continue working full time, attend school full time and take her daughter to her doctor’s appointments in San Diego 3-4 times a week.
In 2014, Jennifer lateraled to the Palm Springs Police Department. She quickly made it through training and was asked to become a CTO. On October 8th, 2016, tragedy struck the Palm Springs Police Department. Officers responded to a family disturbance and unfortunately two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty. Jennifer took the call for service as she was the only bilingual dispatcher in the room and the caller was a Spanish speaker. Jennifer who was assigned to work the fire radio that day had just switched radios with a trainee when the “shots fired” came across the radio. As most dispatchers, Jennifer refused to give up the incident until she was forced to get off the radio. Jennifer returned to work immediately after the incident and worked another OIS approximately 3 weeks later but this time the officers were code 4.
Jennifer was selected to join the Desert Regional SWAT Team in 2018 as a tactical dispatcher and was also promoted to dispatch supervisor where she supervises 13 dispatchers. Jennifer has an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Psychology. Jennifer and her significant other have a blended family of 9 children and one granddaughter. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Hill, Moderator and Instructor, Kim Turner, LLC
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