Police Dispatchers: Unsung Heroes and Lifelines

Police Radio Communications Operator

Wrapping up our week of honoring Dispatchers is this piece posted by one of my favorite sites, Law Enforcement Today

Dispatchers; we truly appreciate you.

Dispatchers: Unsung Heroes and Lifelines

by Niki Tallent

March 14, 2013

According to the LA Police Protective League in discussing the shoot out with disgraced former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, “The chilling audiotape makes one thing clear: the civilian dispatcher did an outstanding job.

She performed flawlessly during this critical tactical incident. Her calm and professionalism most certainly saved officer lives. Being a police dispatcher is harder than most people think. In this case, the dispatcher fulfilled her duties with unfailing focus, composure and expertise. The incident underscores the essential role played by the dedicated emergency services dispatchers nationwide.”

You can listen to this brave dispatcher’s amazing job performance here:

http://lapd.com/blog/sheriffs_dispatchers_performance_during_big_bear_shootout/

Hearing someone’s last thoughts, panic and fear pour through a headset as you are sitting in a room helpless and wanting to protect could be the worst moment of your life.

The worst possible call I could ever receive would be an “officer down” call. Just thinking about it makes my heart do a flip-flop. This is not just because I am married to a LEO, but because I am a lifeline.

A dispatcher is a…

via Dispatchers: Unsung Heroes and Lifelines | Law Enforcement Today.

About the Author:

Niki Tallent married to her LEO James Tallent reside in Arkansas with their 5 sons and one dog. Niki is a 911 operator/dispatcher and her husband James a Deputy at Pulaski County. Niki went to Lakeside High School and soon started working as a dispatcher after her first son was born. Niki became Director for Arkansas Wives Behind the Badge Auxiliary after wanting to support LE even more. She joined Wives Behind the Badge Arkansas Auxiliary in March of this year, trying to find my place to help impact Arkansas LEOWs. In September She took over as Director of Arkansas Wives Behind the Badge after talking it through with my husband, whom at first was skeptical of the workload involved. The support for me from other LEOWs was absolutely amazing.

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