DISPATCHER RANT

I worked dispatch last night (my rotation is as follows: 1st day– sector car 2nd day- dispatch/booking or front desk 3rd and 4th day– city roving)

Working in the station (more directly working dispatch) in my opinion is far more nerve wracking than working on the street in a patrol car, you have to know where everyone is, what they’re working on AND anticipate what they will need and have it ready to go for them. All the while people are calling in with complaints and cries for help that range between the rediculous to the heartbreaking.

Add to this,hotshot new rookies trying to make a name for themselves and not realizing that it isn’t the volume of car stops you make but the quality of the car stops, And the specialty units that are concerned with their one specific crime and don’t realize that there is other stuff going on out there.
Then there is the sub par communications equipment, radios cutting in and out or muffled (not knowing weather they said “get me a detective” or “this car is defective” makes it all the more challenging)

OK enough of my working inside tantrum.
I’m just really glad that the shift is over and I get to go back on the road where its safe.

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3 thoughts on “DISPATCHER RANT

  1. dispatch = cabin fever

    I think it’s actually a good thing that you guys rotate through dispatching. That way everyone’s on the same page — on both ends of the radio. We don’t do that here and there is a lot of miscommunication just because the dispatchers don’t know what it’s really like to be on the street and vice versa.

  2. Julie,
    it is good (in a way) for the reason you gave, but we have civillian call takers who are clueless as to whos on what page and it gets stressful being a cop who has to dispatch,when the calltaker isn’ton the same page (or even providing info)

  3. Sounds exhausting!!! Get back out on the streets and bring those drunks to the hospital so I can xray them & tell them what pieces of shit they are for being on the road.

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