Police Dispatchers – Telling cops where to go for generations

True life lines, radio operators are the vital link between the public and police.
Police Dispatchers - Telling cops where to go for generations

2 comments

  1. Do police and dispatch ever see each other face to face, or are they just voices in the ether fuzz? It would be weird to have such a critically important connection with people you’ve never met!

  2. Our 911 operators in Michigan are awesome. Saved my bacon once in Flint when a nearly naked dude mistook a smelly bag of kitty litter in the garbage can for anhydrous ammonia and tried to kick in my front door at 4:30 in the morning. Funny thing was, he kept saying, “I’m going to call the cops” as he was kicking on the door… I said, “dude, chill on my door, they’ll be here in a minute – I’m on the phone with them now!” The next kick really rocked the door and the dispatcher asked what the noise was. I told her it was the frame cracking, that he’d be in soon (I was armed only with a baseball bat). She screamed “he’s gained entry” into the mic and I could hear, over the phone, the officer gun the throttle to his cruiser… They had the dude in cuffs 45 seconds later.

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