Sunday, May 6, 2012
I ran across an old article this morning from LawOfficer.com After rereading it for probably the 5th time, I finally realized that my department doesn't suffer from this problem in the typical sense, but rather any animosity is generated from the Dispatch department. If Dispatchers are cats and Police Officers are Dogs (just an example) you would expect the typical relationship - except it doesn't exist. I'm not saying they are all perfect angels who don't get rude on the radio or play 20 questions, asking for information that you've already provided or would have had you had it, but overall, they behave themselves pretty well. The problem lies within dispatch. They purposely try to throw each other under the bus, whether it be fellow dispatcher or officer and basically act like overgrown middleschoolers. It's mind blowing to me that people who are responsible for lives can act this way. Some days, it's not much better than the unruly citizens we talk to on a daily basis. Just a reminder to departments out there, sometimes you need to fix the internal problems with dispatch before their attitudes become costly.