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    I have a friend that works for a police department that thinks I would be good at a police dispatcher. His department has an opening for it and he wanted to inspire me to try and become one so he offered to take me on a ride along, and man was it fun.

    We started out at roll call, it was ok, pretty much what I thought it would be.

    After that we quickly hit the street and answered a few calls for service, he did not make any arrest so we just went from call to call until it slowed down.

    Then he stated doing some traffic stops and ended up with a guy that was DUI, somehow this guy passed the entire field sobriety test my friend gave him, so he decided to ask the man to blow in to the Alco Sensor to confirm what he already knew, and sure enough the guy blew .10.

    I though it was off to jail for the guy, but instead my friend said to the guy if you call your wife or girlfriend, sister, brother what have you and they come get you I will let you go home, if you can’t find anyone I will call you a taxi, if you can’t afford one I will be forced to take you in or take you to the hospital because I can't let you drive like this.

    I thought that was strange way of handling it, but I get it, he passed the test and no harm was committed, so let him go.

    His wife comes get him and off we go, and this is where the real fun starts.

    He starts doing business checks, just as we get started to check the last one we spot a white pickup in a Bentley car dealer ship with the lights out, this is around 2am now so it totally out of place.

    My friend says to me let’s see what we got here, that truck does not belong there. We start making our way over to the the other side of the street by jumping a curb, driving over a sidewalk, and over a medium, just as we hit the medium we see two black males tossing tires in to the back of the pickup, then they spot the police car and both jump in it and take off.

    My friend hit the lights and sirens and goes after them.

    We got in like a 5 mile police pursuit where the speeds did not go over 50mph, but the funny thing is the chase is heading right towards the police department.

    The cops tried to stop the guy with spike strips but he missed them, later on down the road he crashed in to a curb and blew out his tires and bail out on foot, both run from the cops.

    It took 11 cops, 1 police dog, and one thermal camera one full hour to find the guy in the woods, the second guy got away.

    Sadly the guy that go way is a big fish. When they went back to the truck they discovered two wallets, one to the arrested and one to the guy who got away.

    The man arrested confirmed that was the man he was with, and my friend confirmed it. It was very bright at the dealership so it was very easy to get a good look at these guys.

    The guy that got away is wanted in three states on some serious charges in each one where he will end up doing time in each state, now he he’s wanted in four states and I am sure that is no concern to him.

    When the cops went back to the dealer ship the found two cars up on block with the tires missing, somehow 8 tires and rims are worth 20k.

    In the end this was all very impressive.



    My friend used the radio very well, and the dispatchers did a great job staying calm and following with the directions my friend gave. I liked how the officer officers came to his quickly, and thought it was very cool to watch how fast things can go from quite to craziness.

    I am not sure what to do now, all I know is he got me thinking about making a change.

    I like cooking for a living but it has no health benefits and the hours stink as they always change, and if the place went under (don’t think it would) I would be out of a job.

    It would be a pay hit to start out, but I doubt any police job would ever dry up, the health benefits are great, steady hours would be nice, and being able to help the police out would be neat in my opinion, so it’s worth considering.

    Police work is diffidently way different then I ever image it would be.

    I guess I'm looking for suggestions as to what I should do (give it shot or not), and looking to learn what do you guys think of police dispatchers and the job they do.
    Last edited by alpha24; 04-04-2011, 02:42 PM.
    "ExComptonCop X 1000 - buh-bye (but we all really know you'll be back to get the last word in...they always do) ".

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    I'm not sure where the question part is?

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    • #3
      More entertaining ride along than the ones I went on before I got on. Is there a question for us in there that I missed?
      "Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon. He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him. The True Believer doesn't care 'how hard it is'; he knows he either wins or he dies. He doesn't go home at 1700; he is home. He knows only the 'Cause.' Now, who wants to quit?"

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      • #4
        If you don't like changing hours and working all night, then you won't like being a dispatcher. They also have changing hours, and as the FNG you will get the "left-overs" until you get seniority.
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        Originally posted by Smurfette
        Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
        Originally posted by DAL
        You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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        • #5
          I guess I'm looking for suggestions as to what I should do (give it shot or not), and looking to learn what do you guys think of police dispatchers and the job they do.
          "ExComptonCop X 1000 - buh-bye (but we all really know you'll be back to get the last word in...they always do) ".

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          • #6
            Im assuming your questions is taking a chance to be a dispatcher then being a chef? if that is a yes.. you must have good communication skills, listen clearly, repeat what was told to you, sound educated, be able to do a flash info one or several times, repeat what the caller stated to the officer getting the radio transmission. know the cops who are working the beat and have the cops know who you are if your department allows it. don't take anything personal on the job if it comes to miss communication between you and some one else on the job inside or on the streets. YOU just like every dispatchers are the ears and sometimes eyes for the police until we show up.. I respect every dispatcher out there. its a hard job at times. I have taken the time to see what a dispatcher goes through so I understand what they are going through on the other end. Doesn't mean that every dispatcher out there does good.. like in any job out there. some give there all, and some just do enough to make that paycheck and some you ask, how the hell do they keep there job?? Best luck!

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            • #7
              Nothing to do with you story BUT, the thing in the middle of the street is a MEDIAN not a MEDIUM. Why the hell can't people get that right, MEDIAN!!!!

              The storage compartment in between the seats is in the center CONSOLE not COUNCIL, and it's the glove COMPARTMENT not glove DEPARTMENT.

              Ok I feel better, I got nothing from your story because all I could see was CENTER MEDIUM.
              Originally Posted by VegasMetro
              maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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              • #8
                Paywise you may take a short term hit; but, measure the benefits the dispatcher position will offer compared to the benefits you have now. I am certain that the insurances provided, retirement in the future, perks and other minutia will far outweigh anything you currently enjoy. If I were you I would go for it. Actually, there are no guarantees you will get the job - the competition for jobs is quite active. If you don't like it you can always go back to cooking for a living.
                Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                • #9
                  mtxpro.. you are too funny.. thank goodness you do not proof read what or how i write anything.. you would flip on me!

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                  • #10
                    I know it's Ask a Cop but still permit me this...

                    Dispatching is certainly different than other career fields, that much is true. Public safety as a whole is, in fact. You see everything from the worst of people, i.e. the repeat offenders, strung out druggies who somehow got behind the wheel of a car and hit and killed the innocent pedestrian, to the best of people; simply distraught about their little girl who hasn't called and is 4 hours overdue, leaving the parents to call to make sure they weren't in a car crash. If you can handle that, and the fact that you simply can't help everyone no matter how much you want to, it may be for you.

                    If you can understand that sometimes the information that you have to give to the officers out there is all they have, and can make the different between a high-risk response or a "normal" one (not really such a thing) then you may be able to do it.

                    Rotations can be tiring, downtimes can be slow, but at times it definitely shows how it is worth it. I'd say go for it, no use looking back on your life later and wishing that you had. Instead you could say, "I did that."
                    SCFC Dispatch Manager

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                    • #11
                      alpha24 - PM sent!
                      Originally posted by RSGSRT
                      We've reached a point where natural selection doesn't have a chance in hell of keeping up with the procreation of imbeciles.
                      Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to point it out?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                        Nothing to do with you story BUT, the thing in the middle of the street is a MEDIAN not a MEDIUM. Why the hell can't people get that right, MEDIAN!!!!

                        The storage compartment in between the seats is in the center CONSOLE not COUNCIL, and it's the glove COMPARTMENT not glove DEPARTMENT.

                        Ok I feel better, I got nothing from your story because all I could see was CENTER MEDIUM.
                        Nope, he got it right. They ran over a psychic while trying to catch the tire theives.

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                        • #13
                          on a more serious note - If it sparked your interest, give it a shot. Like has already been mentioned, you'll have job security, benefits, and a retirement. Pay cuts hurt, but it will go up, and most places will allow dispatchers to have a side job (cooking), at least until the pay comes up. The job can be vary rewarding, based on your knowledge that you are helping people and doing a good job of it, but don't expect that very many people and going to give you any thanks. Good luck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by alpha24 View Post
                            I guess I'm looking for suggestions as to what I should do (give it shot or not), and looking to learn what do you guys think of police dispatchers and the job they do.
                            I never understand people who think random strangers on the Internet have more insight into what career they should go with then they do themselves, or those around them who actually know them.

                            That said, I've been a dispatcher and I'm currently a cop. Riding along with an officer gives you very little knowledge of dispatching, although to be a good dispatcher you should have an understanding of what cops/medics/firefighters are actually doing in the field. Go do a couple of "sit alongs" with a dispatcher and then see what you think. Be sure you can multi-task, type fast, can understand people who are screaming and hysterical on lousy cell phone connections, and enjoy the taste of Cheetohs. All are necessary for a successful dispatchter.
                            I miss you, Dave.
                            http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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                            • #15
                              The reason why I posted this in ask a cop is because I wanted to see how officers felt about dispatcher. I feel it's positive and have decided to apply for the position, I put in my application today as a matter of fact.

                              As for they typo, I am sorry for that. I have auto spell correct on here and sometimes it will choose the wrong word for me, unless a spell something way off when I hit spell check it wont show me anything misspelled words.

                              In the end it was not that egregious of a typo that it distorted the story, you got and knew what it meant.

                              I was not looking for strangers over the Internet to tell me what to do in life, again I was looking to see the relationship between cops and dispatchers, and it seems positive for the most part.

                              The department I want to work for works 12 hours shifts and gets every other weekend off.

                              If you work Friday, Saturday, Sunday you will get off Monday and Tuesday, then go back to work Wednesday and Thursday then get off Friday, Saturday, Sunday, then back to work Monday and Tuesday, the get off Wednesday and Thursday, then go back to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

                              Holidays fall where they fall and you work your shifts.


                              None of this is an issue for me, I work holidays now and have not seen a weekend off in many, many years.

                              The best part is the department is quarter mile from my home so I can walk to work.


                              Let's see where this goes.
                              "ExComptonCop X 1000 - buh-bye (but we all really know you'll be back to get the last word in...they always do) ".

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