Chicago Dispatchers

Friday, July 20, 2007

Durkin Park

If you haven't heard about the Durkin Park incident then you're either been asleep in roll call or you seclude yourself from the lot of your coworkers. And it also means you haven't paid attention to the news.

You can see the Executive Director's official OEMC press conference on the matter at CLTV if you scroll down through the video panel. It's entitled "OEMC Durkin Park press conference."

You can also see an article in the Daily Southtown, yesterday's front page of which said very boldly that two 911 dispatchers have been suspended, which was incorrect. They've been placed on administrative leave with pay. At least we can say that they weren't stripped of their due process and immediately placed on suspension, the prospect of which had several people on the Ops Floor up in arms.

And of course NBC 5 joined in, since they're always the quickest to report on OEMC wrongdoings. You can read their latest article here, and see a video snippet here.

We don't know what else was or wasn't going on on the zone during the time of the incident, but we've worked Zone 6 and were amazed at just how busy it is, and how many things are going on at one time. It includes Districts 007 and 008. 007 is an absolute hellhole, and 008 is questionably the largest (geographically speaking) district in the city. 008 is so big that 10-sector cars don't respond to 30-sector jobs because the sectors are literally several miles apart.

It takes a certain skill level to work Zone 6 on a regular basis, and as with everything else in a public safety job, it's not recognized publicly. In fact, in the 12-year history of OEC, we have yet to see a news story where an employee was lauded for the job he/she did. Noone in public safety (except for the fire department and, occasionally, the police department) gets any kind of recognition in the public eye until something goes wrong. And unfortunately in this situation, things went horribly wrong.

We won't comment on the ongoing investigation, and we won't speculate on why the job didn't get put out, and we won't mention who the dispatchers are who were involved (and you won't either, not even by initials this time, no matter how poignant the rest of your comment is). But we ourselves are waiting to find out what was going on that kept the call from going out before it did. We're hoping that the PCO IIs will have solid reasoning for their sake (and for the sake of all of us, indirectly). But we're honestly befuddled.

And we ALL know that they're going to be used as examples. So are the supervisors who are being investigated (you won't name or initial them, either). In the NBC 5 video snippet from the community meeting following the incident, the executive director is quoted as saying:

I'm very unhappy with the way the dispatchers handled the situation.
Huh? Excuse us? We must have missed the whole part about how the situation is under investigation, and no determination is being made until the investigation is completed. We must have also missed the whole "apparently handled" disclaimer that would give an indication that "No, we haven't already decided that you're fucked."

The crowd broke into applause immediately following that statement by the E.D. Of course they're going to love it when even the boss of the people they're blaming sides with them. We imagined the whole huge crowd turning into vampires lusting after the blood of the PCO IIs, and breaking through the ceiling to fly across the city to find them. Maybe that's why NBC cut the scene so abruptly.

We also believe we missed the outrage over these teens who run rampant through the neighborhood wreaking havoc, and the explanation for where the hell their parents were and why they didn't know that their children were involved an what's been described as a riot at 10:15 at night. That could be because the news focused on hanging dispatchers, but who knows.

Where the hell were the parents? How long has this problem been going on? How aware/unaware of it were district personnel? Are we too stupid/too naive/too quick to sweep things under the rug, to face the apparent racial motivation for the attack here? Why the hell, when sergeants can (and do) monitor pending events as they're supposed to, they can tell dispatchers "Event number such&such is a 19P/5P" but were just nowhere to be heard when all of these calls came in about 8445 S. Kolin? It smacks of traffic pursuits where we almost had to redline sergeants because noone would answer up for the notification thereof.

But we digress. We're not trying to render the PCOs blameless, but we are trying to touch on points that the media neglects to keep the shock value of their story.

Also quoted from the E.D.:

When these investigations are concluded, we will issue appropriate discipline, possible termination.
You hear that, people? You're being watched (moreso than you know, more on that later). You're being scrutinized. You're in a position where you can play a major role in whether or not someone lives or dies. You're in a position where if something goes wrong and police/fire/OEC administration can pin the blame on you, you're up the creek without a paddle. We tend to get complacent with the day-in-day-outs of the job, and forget all of these things. It's the same thing every day, the same calls, the same people calling. And we get tired and frustrated. And our Giving-A-Damn meter falls into limbo. Complacency kills. It could kill a citizen, which in turn would kill your career.

We're not saying to internalize the job, and take it home with you. Not by any means, it would be hypocritical (you'll notice this is the first blog update in weeks, because we try to leave the job at the job). What we're saying is cover/watch your ass. Those PCOs we're all feeling worried for? It's going to be one of us next time.

And there WILL be a next time. Trust us.

And head over to Second City Cop. Lot of comments on their post about the topic.

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another statement from T.R. is .... priority 1a jobs should be dispatched withing 2-3 minutes.....what, thanks alot for your support and your visible knowledge of the job. Sorry sir but priority 1a of anykind has a 10min dispatch time and to say that it should be out in a matter of a few minutes is only making us and those poor pco II's look worse. What a boss, first no show at roll call to introduce yourself and then lay down your rules about cashing out comp time, now this. I am behind these pco II's 100 percent and i hope that this is taken for what it is.....a lot of different people dropping the ball on a lot of different things. No mention about how they possibly have saved hundreds of lives the time that they have worked zone 6 and done things completely right !!! People make stupid mistakes and it is the fault of no one except the people at Durkin Park that decided to start a mini riot.....hello !!! Were these pco's out there killing your family and driving through the crowd injuring people with their cars ? Then how is it all their faults............shame on our boss for implying that they didn't do their job before even asking what the job entails!!!

20 July, 2007 09:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have to ask a question. i know how backed up calls get in 8, I worked in 7 for quite awhile. But was the call not put out for a time or was it immediately put out on the zone and citywide. At least it should have been put out on citywide.

20 July, 2007 16:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for the dispatchers who are getting hung out to dry.
It's typical of City Departments.
The shortage of manpower doesn't help matters. The size of the 008th district is an issue as well. The burnout @ OEMC & district-wide is probably a contributing factor. Too many things factor into this mess and I hate to see the white shirts escape responsibility As Usual.

20 July, 2007 16:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY ARENT THE WHITE SHIRTS AT OEMC ON ADMISTRATIVE LEAVE TOO ??? I MEAN WHY DIDNT THEY NOTICE ALL THE CALLS COMING IN FOR THAT ONE INCIDENT ?! ARENT THEY SUPPOSE TO BE MONITORING THE BOARDS /ZONES ? THEY WANNA BRAG ABOUT THE BIGG BUCKS THEY MAKE AS SUPERVISORS BUT THEY DONT WANT TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES ...I FEEL FOR THE 2 FEMALE DISPATCHERS...BUT IS IT REALLY TRUE THEY JUST KEPT DUPING THE CALLS AND DIDNT EVEN BOTHER TO SIMULCAST THE JOB ???IF THIS IS TRUE WHICH I HOPE ITS NOT ...WHY WOULDNT THEY ....I KNOW HOW HECTIC THINGS CAN GET ESPECIALLY ON A BUSY ZONE SUCH AS ZONE 6, 8, 10 OR ZONE 12...BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN PROCEDURES WE AS DISPATCHERS HAVE TO DO UNDER CERTAIN SITUATIONS ..WE ALSO HAVE A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES ALONG WITH OUR HIGHLY STRESSED JOB...LIKE I SAID I FEEL FOR THOSE 2 DISPATCHERS I REALLY DO ...BUT WHAT IF IT WERE ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAD BEEN CALLING AND OR WHO HAD GOTTEN HURT JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS ???AND THERE WERE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS WHO GOT HURT. THOSE ARE THE ONES I FEEL FOR NOT THE HOODLUMS WHO WERE INVOLVED AND STARTED THIS CRAP. YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU WOULD BE PISSED ESPECIALLY IF YOU KNEW THE 911 CALLS WERENT EVEN DISPATCHED ...BUT LIKE IT WAS MENTIONED BEFORE THE GOOD THESE DISPATCHERS HAVE DONE AT DOING THEIR JOBS DAY IN AND DAY OUT WILL NEVER BE BROUGHT UP ...SAD TO SAY ..

20 July, 2007 19:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE TO SAY IT BUT I THINK THE BOSSES ARE GOING TO MAKE EXAMPLES OUT OF THESE DISPATCHERS....
WHEN IN REALITY THERE ARE SOOOOOO MANY OTHER DISPATCHERS WHO HAVE MADE HUGE MISTAKES AND NOT ONLY ON ONE OCCASION EITHER BUT NOTHING WAS DONE TO THEM...OR HOW ABOUT THE DISPATCHERS WHO HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO DO THEIR JOBS AND THEIR PARTNERS HAVE TO CARRY THEM ..AND THE SUPERVISORS ARE WELL AWARE OF THESE DOGS AND JUST MAKE JOKES AND WALK AWAY ...?!?!?!WHY ISNT ANYTHING DONE TO THEM?

20 July, 2007 19:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a perfect example as to why they need to rotate the dispatchers around on all zones....that way everyone would know first hand what it is to work a busy zone . i get so pissed when i hear certain dispatchers saying what they would of done if they were the dispatchers ...and what those 2 dispatchers should of done ...and u know its mainly coming from dispatchers who only work on the slow zones !!!!!their the ones that should be put on the busy zones first..then they can show the rest of us how they would handle a busy zone !?!?!?!?not just talk about how they would do it...
then you have certain dispatchers like c.r. who think they are dispatcher of the year...who starts tooting his own horn about how good he is on "his zone with his boyz". how all his boyz have to do is hear his voice and they jump for him . and how his voice makes the female officers wet and melt . c.r. is one of the good dispatchers at oemc.but the kid is getting too big for his lil boyshort briefs.if he is so good why isnt he like one "of his boyz in blue" he admires so much ?

20 July, 2007 20:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IM GLAD TO SEE IM NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT FEELS C.R. IS SO STUCK ON HIMSELF !!!HE WALKS AROUND THE ROOM LIKE HE IS GODS GIFT TO WOMEN ....PLEASE!!!!!!!!!THE MAJORITY OF US CALLTAKERS CANT STAND HIM.

21 July, 2007 01:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that hopefully this will kick some people in the ass to have the white shirts actually do something. Rather than sit in front, take an hour plus to manage the schedule, and then for the rest of the day, play ringtones on their cell phones for each other, flirt with girls, and share new names for outrageous sexual moves. Oh and occasionly walk over to a red light.

Zone 6 can be busy and probably was on the night in question. Backlog or not, cars available or not, this incident should have been simulcasted by defauly, with the fist call I believe beeing an Assault In Progress. And more so, as more and more calls came in. If these midnight dispatchers did not even do that, then they are at some fault for not fulfilling their duties as a PCO2, and not following SOPs.

21 July, 2007 04:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please people, let us all stop with the "why didnt they" or "they should've".... The fact is that no one knows at this point what was-- or wasnt-- done that night, what else was going on (remember the 7th district is pretty busy too: anyone stop to wonder if maybe there was already a hot job the dispatchers were dealing with), and what the available manpower in 008 was at the time. We just don't know So PLEASE let the investigation take its course and until we know definitively what occurred stop blaming our co workers. A rush to judgement in any manner is imprudent and premature. Unlike the press and the OEMC Executive Director, let actually attempt to be fair here.

21 July, 2007 09:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is exactly what i think......we don't know if it was broadcast....we know it wasn't simulcast, but anyone working a busy zone knows that you can't get on the simulcast all the time for every 1a job....and even if you do happen to get on it, you get kicked off in mid sentence by some retard city-wide giving back a plate or name. But we should definately stand behind the dispatchers and wait for the investigation to tell what truly happened. And as for C.R. comments, he and most people who work with him know that the cars in 008 and 007 act like dogs with him to. I have witnessed him calling cars 4 and 5 times before they decide to finally answer. He is a damn good dispatcher and never complains about who he has to sit with or where they put him. Besides him being a regular on the zone has put a lot of peoples minds at ease......"what im on zone 6 with who, oh C.R. thank god". So stop bashing him and getting off topic.

21 July, 2007 10:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 1009,

....HE'S A SNAKE IN THE GRASS. HE'S AS SNEAKY AS THEY COME ...


AND AS TO YOUR COMMENT ABOUT "WHAT IM ON ZONE 6 WITH WHO , OH C.R.THANK GOD"..THIS RIGHT HERE TELLS ME THAT YOUR NOT "ONE OF THE COMPETENT DISPATCHERS " ON THE FLOOR..OBVIOUSLY YOUR NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH IN YOUR ABILITIES AS A DISPATCHER IF YOU NEED TO RELY ON ANOTHER CO-WORKER TO PUT YOUR MIND AT EASE ABOUT WORKING A BUSY ZONE OR ANY ZONE FOR THAT MATTER. YOU SHOULD BE CONFIDENT ENOUGH IN "YOURSELF AS A DISPATCHER" TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE ANY ZONE ON ANY GIVEN DAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. IF NOT THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULDNT BE A DISPATCHER !?

21 July, 2007 18:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1822
hey dumb ass, i didn't say that i was the one who said that, but i hear it alot from alot of people. not to say that they aren't decent dispatchers but at least they know they are with someone who can help. unlike some of the dog asses on 3rd watch who barely log on and plug in then leave you on the zone to drown. guess what i have sat with them dogs before on a busy zone and can hold my own, but now after all this crap, i am going to turn on my red light everytime my "partner" isn't doing their share of the work. i am not going to get screwed for carrying them when i should have to , we all get paid and should all do the work regardless of seniority.

22 July, 2007 23:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2315
Amen to that!!!!!!!!!! I am so sick of this shit about you need to hold your own on the zone. Most of us dispatchers can, but we shouldn't have to so our partners can slack off and get paid to have 30 min conversations with their buddies. We all get paid to be there so do what you are being paid to do...YOUR JOB!!! If the powers that be wanted us to work solo then they wouldn't have made it so we worked in pairs.

23 July, 2007 00:39  
Anonymous squad974 said...

Sigh.....Ok, how in the world did the topic of "Durkin Park" all of a sudden become a topic about ME? (Carlos). Yeah, I have a computer and internet too! I really didn't want to post on this blog, because it's just not my style but I just couldn't resist. Whoever you are posting negative comments about me, thanks! (And OF COURSE you're anonymous because you have no backbone). At least I know I've made a lasting impression on you. First of all, no I don't toot my own horn as you say. Not once has anyone, and I mean anyone heard me talk about myself like other people tend to do at work. Second of all, I don't consider myself the dispatcher of the year and quite frankly I don't care much for awards or certificates. I unlike certain people, would rather keep a low profile. You must have me confused with someone else. Third of all, no I don't think I'm God's gift to women and if you knew me a little better you would realize that in certain ways I'm a little self conscious about myself. But of course you would never realize it because people who speak of other people in negative ways usually don't know them all that well, now do they? I don't know what I might have done to you or that calltaker who's agreeing with you for you to think that way about me, but of course these comments are nothing but lies fabricated by a coward.

Now back to Durkin Park. That's just fucked up!

23 July, 2007 03:26  
Anonymous squad974 said...

Oh yeah, and about this comment:

....HE'S A SNAKE IN THE GRASS. HE'S AS SNEAKY AS THEY COME ...

elaborate please! I'm kinda curious........

23 July, 2007 03:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER TO OR EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO THAT IDIOT CARLOS, PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU KNOW YOU'RE NOT FULL OF SHIT LIKE HE OR SHE IS. AND THEY'RE JUST INSECURE ABOUT THEMSELVES AND FEEL THE NEED TO TAKE IT OUT ON YOUR FOR SOME REASON. SOME CALL IT JEALOUSY!!!!!!!

23 July, 2007 04:05  
Anonymous squad974 said...

Well, I don't know if I would call it that. Maybe bitterness or something. I do however agree with that person in regards to everyone bouncing and no one being set on a certain zone. Like they've said in the past, the zones don't belong to anyone. In my case, that's just where they sit me. Believe it or not, I don't bitch when I'm relief and I have to calltake. Whatever's clever, I get paid the same ya know? I bet this person doesn't know that I've been dying to get off the zone for quite some time now. The dispatchers on midnights might have in fact been getting too used to doing things a certain way on the zone, but we will never really know because we weren't sitting with them. Listening to the air traffic alone wouldn't be enough determine what really happened. One senario would be that the secondary might have been writting up a recovery, and running a few names and plates while doing a callback and duping out some jobs. While the primary was handling an emergency in the 7th dist, running other names and plates and duping jobs as well. Some people don't quite realize all the things that can be happening at any given time on any given zone. It's unfortunate that these GOOD dispatchers have to go through this crap because quite frankly I don't think they would have made a big deal out of all this had it happened in the hood! Which by the way, happenes all the damn time. It's all political, but what can you do? It's all up to the union and independent lawyers if they choose to go that route. I know I would.

23 July, 2007 04:20  
Anonymous YAK said...

THIS IS THE PROBLEM THAT PLAGUES BOTH THE OEMC AND CPD PEOPLE STOP THE BULLSHIT ALREADY STOP TALKING ABOUT EACH FINGER POINTING AND YOUR BITCHIN,DIVISION IS THIS DEPT. GREATEST TOOL THESE ARE THE DARK DAYS BE SMART.

23 July, 2007 13:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like our Zone 6 dispatchers, and I think rotation is the worse thing that could happen as far as you all rotating. I have worked on almost every Zone in this City. I can say this, most of the dispatchers are useless. I like the ones that we have now, KM, MT, AR, Car, Tab, AC, and the rest of the regs are the best. Most of the dispatchers couldn't handle Zone6.

23 July, 2007 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to intrude.....the dispatchers on zone 6 are the best and do the best (like we do) with what we have to work with.....We wish the best for our dispatchers.

008th distrcit P.O.

23 July, 2007 16:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work on a tac team in 008 and when I come to work and hear a regular/familar voice I for one definitely feel confident that when or if an incident that I my become involved in, will be handled by a very competent group of zone 6 regular dispathers!!! I never met Carlos in person, but he is a great partner on the otherside of my life line. It's a tough job and I wouldn't want that kind of stress.Being micromanaged by oemc supervisors and then useless sergeants not being able to make a decision.

23 July, 2007 19:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't speak for other P.O.'s that work on all the other zones, but zone 6 has got GREAT dispathers.

you guys and gals rock day in and day out. Just like mentioned in a previous posting, so what about awards or certificates or some bullshit piece of paper, The city is not here for us!!!!

I though; truely appreciate and respect my "Counterparts" up at OEMC for their hard work and dedication, ensuring my save way back home everynight. At a time when encouragement is of need I just like to say THANKS.

from a workin copper in 008

23 July, 2007 21:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT THIS CARLOS GUY ?!?!?! SOME OF THESE HORNY @$$ LOW LIFE FEMALE OFFICERS ON OUR ZONE SOUND LIKE IDIOTS THE WAY THEY GIGGLE AND CARRY ON WITH HIM OVER THE AIR...ITS DISGUSTING AND SO UNPROFESSIONAL....

008 DIST P.O.

24 July, 2007 00:47  
Anonymous squad974 said...

Nothing, plain and simple. Ask them personally when you see them. You know what car they work if you really work in 008 like you claim to. And get back to me because I'd like to know. Carlos.

24 July, 2007 02:59  
Anonymous squad974 said...

So back to the topic, anyone hear anything new about these two dispatchers? The last thing I heard was one of them didn't even know all this was happening and they made her turn in all her shit when she arrived at rollcall the other day. Speaking about professionalism, that was anything but. Getting off the topic, how about the GREAT job the calltaker and those 2 dispatchers did in regards to the kidnapping the other day? Cudos!!!!

24 July, 2007 03:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah ...cut the crap in here. This is a thread about the Durkin park incident. I am pretty sure the original post was not entitled "Petty dispatcher forum to bash other dispatchers" Seriously if you really have problem with a co-worker than address it to their face and stop being a coward because they rest of us are tired of reading it.

So anyway I think what happened at the park was a tragedy, but it has been blown way out of proportion. Had this happened in another part of the city there may not have been so much talk, but the area has a lot of pissed off tax payers. Let's face it the 8th district is too big, too over populated, not as safe as it was 10 years ago, and there are not enough police resources. Let's remember too that most of the police and dispatchers are out there handling the results of crime and are not out to cause it. Let's point the finger at the real criminals, the ones that beat that kid into a coma. I feel for those two dispatchers on zone 6 that night. I am praying for them. We all should be.

24 July, 2007 03:45  
Anonymous squad974 said...

Some, including myself have been saying it for years. Re-draw the boundaries of certain districts. 004, 008, and 025 are some that need to be drastically changed! But what I've heard time and time again is that politically, it just won't happen. Because of all the bullshit politics in the city, we'll never see that change anytime soon. Way too many people already bitch about their districts becoming bigger and they fear THEIR district's response time would suffer. In the meantime, the busy districts only become busier by the year which is what's happening in 008. I believe that it's as simple as that, among other things. I know some PO's are going to be pissed and would hang me for this next comment, but......how about they put ALL the "specialized" units (TRU, SOS, SATURATION, ETC) back on the street now that there's such as thing as SWAT. That would put more units in the districs so these whinny ass citizens can finally stop crying about the response time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for making a big deal out of a big deal. But when they call about loud music on a fucking Friday or Saturday night, I personally feel like calling them back myself and telling them to drive their happy asses to walgreens, get some earplugs, go back to their homes, put them suckers in their ears and go to sleep. 911 EMERGENCY PEOPLE. Key word here, EMERGENCY. Why is loud music such an emergency to some people? All the bullshit calls that had all the units tied up that night are the reason why all these people got hurt at Durkin Park. The people calling in all the bullshit calls should be held responsible for what happened to these citizens, not the dispatchers.

24 July, 2007 04:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well since 007 has decided to take all the "enhanced enforcement cars" like 706c 706d and so on and put them all on rapid response cars we can see a big difference. the 706 cars were very helpful on hot jobs but like gang and tact units usually you had to call them a few times and they were usually working on somekind of mision or whatever you want to call it. but now that they are all rapids there aren't as many raps in 007 and the raps we do have are pretty short lived or just mostly priority 3's sitting on the board. they should do the same in 008, cuz when we log on 3rd watch 008 cars and only 4 rapids come up and out of those four 2 of them are downed at the beginning of the tour, needless to say we are screwed. i also feel bad sending the same units off their beats over and over again because we don't have enough units. some of them whine and bitch and moan and some of them take it like a man (or woman hehe). i had to send 823 the other day onto 834's beat which is a long way off. when he came clear i asked him where he was so i could send him the closest priority, his response...."squad im in the 008 district"......i will love him forever !!!!

24 July, 2007 09:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may not know all their names, but I know a competent voice when I hear one. These dispatchers on zone six need to know we the Police recognize the OUTSTANDING work you do. A BIG THXS!

24 July, 2007 14:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHERES THE LUV ?!?!?! I THINK WE ALL NEED A GROUP HUG ..............

24 July, 2007 21:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Carlos, who's hating you brother?? Just laugh.
Anyway, I only met you once and you seem pretty kewl. You not my dispatcher though (sorry).
The midnight dispatchers on zone six are fantastic especially KM and MT. That comment about rotating....naah. When you get to know who people are and who does what it's a better working relationship. All I know is that many of us work our ass off for them guys because we know they work thier asses off for us. I hope the best for the two dispatchers and thier soon return to the zone. Believe me guys we appreciate ya's. ESPECIALLY when your gone.

008th District P.O.

25 July, 2007 08:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the sake of all the hard working Dispatchers,Calltakers,Police Officers,Police Aides,etc......
Let the Fedral Government step in and take over this shit run city.
It won't affect us at our levels.
Only the Politically connected suckasses, who can't run this city effectively would be eleminated.
Stop using hard working dedicated professional employees as sacrificial lambs.

Next time you encounter your immediate supervisor just give them a smirk, knowing they are shit sniffers without a backbone.

25 July, 2007 12:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Roman senator Cato the Elder, in what might be called an ancient version of a .sig file, used to end all his speeches, regardless of topic, with the phrase "Carthage must be destroyed." (Alert readers will notice that this rhetorical device is still occasionally used in the US Senate.) The message eventually penetrated even the thickest skulls and, at the end of the third war between Rome and Carthage, Scipio Africanus and his legions razed the city, slaughtered or sold into slavery all the inhabitants, and (this part is apocryphal) salted the earth. However attractive a similar operation might be as a final solution to all the problems in the eighth district, such methods are of course no longer in fashion. The rhetorical device, though, still works, and this operator humbly suggests that readers append all their remarks, regardless of topic, with the phrase "Manpower shortage in the police department" whenever and wherever possible. Hopefully the message will someday penetrate even the thickest of skulls and enough of the right people will be convinced to put some more officers into the patrol division.

By the way, there's a manpower shortage in the police department.

28 July, 2007 11:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is anyone taking up a 10-1 fund for these 2 dispatchers left hanging in the wind, without any income.
are we helping support them, or bash them .
come on gang, lets get with it...

stand by them
stand up for them

dont let them end hang out to dry

we need to get them every support they need.
i case you all forgot this could happen to anyone down here at 911,
same as it happens to the police..

29 July, 2007 08:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOTTA ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION.
DO YOU HAVE A HEART , DO YOU CARE
WHAT HAPPENS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU ON THE OPERATIONS FLOOR.
WITHOUT US, THIS BUILDING DOESNT EXIST.
YEAH THEY COULD BRING BACK THE POLICE, AND MOST LIKELY WILL...
IF WE DONT START STANDING UP FOR ONE ANOTHER, WE ALL ARE IN DANGER..
ARE MOST OF YOU BLIND !
YOU CANT SEE WHATS HAPPENING !
THESE 2 DISPATCHERS, ARE ABOUT TO BE BE-HEADED AND FED TO THE LIONS.
4TH FLOOR DOESNT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT US, ITS ALL ABOUT THE F-N STATS..
ARE THE CALLS BEING ANSWERED WITHIN 12 RINGS, ARE THE JOBS GOING OUT UNDER THE ALLOTED TIME FRAME, YADA YADA YADA !
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, DO THE VERY BEST JOB - DOING WHAT WE DO, EVERY DAY , EVERY AFTERNOON , EVERY NITE, 7 DAYS A WEEK , 365 DAYS A YEAR, 24 HRS A DAY....
AND FOR THESE 9 TO 5 M-F WEEKEND OFF 4TH FLOOR PERSONNEL TO CRITIZE
THE JOB EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU DO, DAY IN AND DAY OUT....
AND HAVE NEVER TOOK A 911 CALL, OR DISPATCHED, IS AN INSULT !
IF YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB-THEN COME ON DOWN AND SIT IN THE FIRE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU CAN'T - CAUSE YOU ! THE ONE'S CALLING THE SHOT AND MAKING THE DECISION'S DONT HAVE THE FIRST CLUE WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE...
YOU WERENT SITTING THERE, YOU DONT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON - ON THE RADIO ...
THEY HAD JUST SAT DOWN, COULDNT HAVE BEEN SITTING TO LONG ......
ANYONE WHO HAS EVER SAT ON A ZONE
KNOW'S AFTER LOGGING ON , YOU START BY CHECKING THE BOARDS, SEEING WHO IS DOING WHAT, CLEARING CARS FROM JOBS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOWN FOR - FOR AGES, TAKE THE ON-VIEW'S FOR BEAT UNITS, TRY AND CATCH ALL THE DUPES, RUN THE PLATES AND NAMES , THE FIELD IS SUPPOSE TO BE DOING THEMSELVES
I'E THE ONES WITH PDTS, AND COUNTLESS OTHER GODFORESAKEN THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO, AND TRY AND GET THE JOBS OUT , OH MY GOD !
GOD FORBID YOU DONT GET THE 1A'S AND 2'S OUT IN UNDER 10 MINS - AND HOW ABOUT THE 3'S 1 HR...
THIS SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND HAS BEEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME,
" BUT LET'S NOT FOCUS ON THAT "
GOD FORBID !
FIX WHATS BROKEN - ARE YOU KIDDING ME.... BETTER TO MAKE THE DISPATCHER THE SCAPE GOAT AND WHILE THEY ARE AT IT, INCLUDE THE SECONDARY DISPATCHER.
ITS SICKENING THAT SOME OF THE CALLTAKERS-DONT GET ALL THE INFO NEEDED AS REQUIRED...
WHY ARENT THEY TELLING THE PUBLIC-
HEY WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH 911 CALLTAKERS, WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH DISPATCHERS, WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH SUPERVISORS...
WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH CHAIRS TO SIT IN , MOST ARE DANGEROUS TO SIT IN , THE CONSOLES ARE OUT DATED - BUT DIDNT THEY SELL THEM A WHILE AGO,,,SO NOW WE LEASE THEM !
THE RADIOS IN THE 911 ROOM HAVENT BEEN UPGRADED TO MATCH THE NEW RADIOS THE OFFICERS ARE GETTING,
THE TOUCH SCREENS ON THE PSAPS ARE MESSED UP AND SOMETIMES ON THEIR OWN GO ON BUSY WITH OUT YOU KNOWING IT...
GRANTED THINGS SHOULD AND COULD BE ALOT BETTER, BUT WHO IS KIDDING WHO...IT ISNT GONNA BE FIXED...
THE OPERATIONS FLOOR IS THE LEAST IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WHOLE BUILDING - TILL SOMETHING HAPPENS......
WE JUST DONT COUNT 'YALL'.....
GET IT WE DONT COUNT...
THEY ARE GONNA HANGOUT TO DRY ANYONE THEY CAN,
I'E " DISPATCHERS-CALLTAKERS-SUPERVISORS-AND A FANTASTIC WATCH MANAGER" IF THEY CAN......
SO STOP THE BITCHIN
AND START HELPING EACH OTHER OUT..
STOP POINTING FINGERS - AND START SUPPORTING EACH OTHER...
AND FOR THOSE WHO WHINE , COMPLAIN, RUN TO RAT AND SNITCH..
YOU ARE THE REAL PROBLEM....
GET WITH THE PROGRAM-
START MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY SUPPORTING EACH OTHER, AND STANDING BY EACH OTHER...
OR GET THE FUCK OUT...
YOU DONT BELONG HERE....

POLITICIANS DONT CARE ABOUT US.
THE 4TH FLOOR DOESNT CARE ABOUT US.
AND THE MAYOR DOESNT CARE ABOUT US.
AND NOW THE NEW DIRECTOR HAS IT OUT FOR US.....

IF WE STAND DIVIDED
AND NOT UNITED !
THEY "WILL" PICK EACH AND EVERYONE OF US OFF, ONE BY ONE- TWO BY TWO ....AND SO ON.....

UNITED WE STAND -
DIVIDED WE FALL -

STOP STABBING EACH OTHER IN THE BACK, STOP THE TALKING BEHIND EACH OTHERS BACK.
WE ARENT IN GRADE SCHOOL FOLKS
WE ARE ADULTS...LETS ACT LIKE IT

SUPPORT YOUR CO-WORKER...
SUPPORT YOUR FRIEND ....
IF YOU HATE THIS JOB SO MUCH
DO US ALL A FAVOR AND QUIT !!!!

29 July, 2007 08:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!! That was a mouthful.

03 August, 2007 01:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is an old topic but I would like to know what happened to the fire dispatchers who were involved in the Durkin Park incident? An ambulance was the first emergency unit to arrive, and while trying to treat the most seriously hurt, they screamed for a 10-1. Now the (fire) dispatcher actually challenged the PIC and only issued the 10-1 after the FPM stated "Give us a Fucking 10-1". I understand how short we are on both ends of the radio and that this was a difficult situation; but why did we not here anything about the fire dispatchers who actually screwed up and delayed police response???!!! I'm sure those tapes have been nicely tucked away or destroyed!! Lets try to remember one thing...If we dont help each other the city will pounce and hang us out to dry!

25 October, 2007 12:55  

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