Police Dispatcher and the Radio
police dispatcher main tool to communicate is via the radio
As a police dispatcher the main tool used to communicate with police officers is with radio system. Most modern radio systems are controlled by computer. In my communication center we have a foot peddle that turns on microphone in our headset. This allows the police dispatcher to free up their hands in order to type or do any number of things. Did I mention a police dispatcher is great at multitasking?
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Police Dispatcher in Hot Water
police dispatcher in public eye
Being a police dispatcher, actually any job in law enforcement, is always under public scrutiny. Police Dispatchers are kinda like celebrities…well a celebrity without the fame, money and twelve person entourage. Usually the only time the public hears about a police dispatcher is when someone has done something wrong.
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Police Dispatcher Training Tip – Slow Down
Police Dispatcher Training tip slow down
The police dispatcher training tips are bits of information that I give to new dispatchers at my communication center and thought I would share them. Today’s tip is to slow it down.
It goes without saying that a career as a police dispatcher is fast paced and sometimes the difference between life and death can be measured in seconds. It may seem counter intuitive that in such a fast paced work environment where seconds count that my police dispatcher training tip is to slow down. What you have to realize is that there is something more critical than getting something done fast and that is getting something done accurate.
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Police Dispatcher and Racism Don’t Mix
I’m a police dispatcher in Canada, in the part of the country where I call home, there is a history of racist views on First Nation peoples. These racist views stem from cultural genocide of indigenous peoples by Canadian government. It’s not a proud history but it’s fact just not a well known fact.
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Police Dispatcher Training Tip Series – No Promises
a police dispatcher makes no promises
During your career as a police dispatcher your going to encounter times when you take a call from someone that you will be on the phone with for an extended time. After getting the appropriate information and asking all the 5 W’s: Where, What, Who, When & Weapons questions. Occasionally you may have to stay on the phone with the caller till police or other emergency services arrive. In this situation it’s important to remember to keep getting updates from the caller and to relay those updates to the police officers attending. After all officer and public safety are your top priorities as a police dispatcher.
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