Friday night at 9-1-1

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9 1/2 hours on channel two Friday night. A full Moon. In August. At one point, 25 units on my channel. All it takes is one to decide to do a traffic stop, then suddenly ALL of them want to do traffic stops! Fights. Parties. Loud music. More fights. No barking dogs, oddly. Reckless drivers. Drunk drivers. A couple of wrecks. Several ambulance runs, one a 15 day old difficulty breathing, one 84 year old difficulty breathing. Shots heard. Child exchanges. Child exchanges that didn’t happen, and the other parent is pissed. Welfare checks because somebody on Facebook was fishing for attention and “seemed” suicidal. Abandoned cars. People pulled over on the side of the road and being “suspicious”…. as they talked on their cell phones for 20 minutes. Drunks staggering down the shoulder of the road. More loud music calls. Crappy radios… “it’s the heat” “it’s the cold” “it’s the fog” “it’s the rain” < reasons for crappy radio transmissions. Units chomping at the bits to join the CHP’s pursuit before it runs out of the county. It ran out of the county. Bar brawl, ambulance needed. Second ambulance needed. Laceration and “asthma” (panic) attack. Juvenile calling in and harassing the dispatchers. Vulgar. Threatening. Dozens of times. Not bright, we know who he is. Cookies in dispatch. Didn’t last long. Air unit doing patrol checks. Three at a time. Put him on one, take him off. Update city unit that keyed up immediately after. Put air unit on second patrol check, take him off. Respond to deputy doing a traffic stop. Put air unit on last check, take him off. Answer the 9-1-1 line, because everybody else in the room is already on a phone. Lucky, just a quick transfer to CHP, off the phone quick. More loud music. How come we never do anything about it?? I’ve called a bunch of times! No, I don’t want contact, just make them stop! Direct the young lady who has decided at 6:30 pm on a Friday that she’d like information on becoming a police officer to call back Monday during business hours to talk to somebody about it. Another party! I have to get up at 4am! Racing vehicles… give it to CHP. Send a deputy to assist CHP, because the car they stopped has a fight between a man and woman in progress. Burglar alarms sounding, owners will only respond if it’s an actual burglary. I just got home, and I was robbed! The tweeker is not sure what’s missing, but they’re sure something was taken. It’s Friday night, the teenager has been missing since Wednesday morning, but we better go ahead and report it now.
Man, I love my job!

Hey! Donkey! (said in your best Shrek voice)

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So every once in a while, the routine stuff gets to be a bit fun to play with.  Even if most of the funny is only in my own head.

They finally made a movie about a dispatcher. This could be bad.

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So I’ve seen the promos at the theater.  A lot of the background looks realistic, the situation has happened before.  What I’m not to sure about is the idea that she gets involved in a call.  “This one made it personal”.  I’m hoping for the best.  It is Hollywood, so there’s no telling what will happen.  Just remember, it’s only a movie!  (unless it’s really, really good.  Then it’s exactly like our center, and we’re all heroes like Halle Berry.)

Want the picture with YOUR jurisdiction in the map background? Here.

New Chairs!


After much too long, we now have some new chairs in dispatch!  Designed for a dispatch center, where furniture must be able to stand up to heavy use 24/7/365, these new chairs are a welcome addition.  Our old chairs, although promoted as heavy duty, just were not up to the task.  We had bought them locally, from a business supply company, but only companies that understand dispatch centers are really able to design equipment that can handle the demands we place on things.  These chairs look like they’ll stand up well, and are very comfortable.  The old chairs were literally a pain in my…  hips.   Thank you Tulare County!

TCSO Scanner audio online

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I’m streaming our radio traffic onto the internet.  You can hear the audio by pointing your browser, or Media Player, to mms:// It’s a stereo feed, with Channel One, the south end of the county, being on the left track.  Channel Two, the north end, is on the right track.  I was having some difficulty with the computer I was originally using, so I’ve moved it to one that should be more stable, and online 24/7.  If you listen closely, and at the right times, you may even hear me!

This feed is not provided by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, or Tulare County, and they are not responsible for it being online.  The equipment is simply two scanners of mine, feeding into a sound card on a computer running Windows Media Encoder.

UPDATE:  January 9, 2011 – I’m no longer streaming the scanner audio.  The computer I was using decided to start acting up, and I don’t have a reliable replacement for it.  I don’t know if I’ll be putting the feed back up in the future or not.  In the meantime, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download 5-0 Radio, or Scanner911 and catch us there.


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