Sheriff Boudreaux with the TCSO 9-1-1 Dispatch crew

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Hey, that’s us! That’s me, up there in the back row on the left, in glasses. On Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, we had an “all hands on deck” staff meeting.  Dispatch, along with Records, IT, and the Business office staff were on hand for a yearly confab with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.   We spent an informative hour with the Sheriff, as he brought us up to speed on the many projects in the works at the department.  He also took some questions, and we didn’t hold back.  It was a good meeting, with everyone looking forward to the future and the plans for the next few years.

These are the folks that handle 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls into our dispatch center. We handle calls for the Sheriff’s Office, Farmersville, Exeter, Woodlake, and Lindsay Police Departments. From missing children to shootings, this is the group that takes it all in stride, and gets help going.

It’s a great group of people, and I’ve enjoyed the 22 years I’ve been there.  I’m going to be there for a while yet, and I don’t know of any other place I’d rather work.  Well, like I’ve said before, NASA, but they don’t seem the least bit interested. Alas.

Image: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Facebook



July 5, 1994 – I start telling cops where to go, and sometimes how to get there

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A few years into my career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

July 5, 1994  That was the first day I walked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office building as an employee.  Twenty one years ago today, I thought “this will be a breeze!”.  Little did I know…


July 5, 1994 – Communications Operator I

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I walked into the building at 7am, July 5, 1994, for the first time as an employee.  Communications Operator I.  Three months of training lay ahead, and a year’s worth of probation.  The place was the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the room was in the basement, in a space originally designed to be a gymnasium / weight lifting room.  As of today, I’ve put in 20 years in that cramped space.


Want to piss off a dispatcher? Act like you’re the only unit on the radio!



We have procedures officers in the field are supposed to follow on the radio.  They are designed to allow the quickest, most efficient transfer of information possible.  It really gums up the works, and creates needless stress, when radio traffic is not conducted according to those procedures.

Last night, the 4th of July, was one of those nights that will have me cursing the name of a particular unit for a long time.  Those in the know will probably figure out who I mean just from their own knowledge of the departments and personel involved, but I’m not going to name names (or unit numbers!) (even though my “about” blurb says the guilty will be hung out to dry!  It is my job, so I have to be minimally diplomatic in this rant.  I may still hear about it from upper echelons).  I’m going to hope it’s simply a training issue, and not a case of “I’m the most important thing on this radio channel, and you better be able to handle what ever I do regardless of how many other things are going on!”.

How can any unit in the field not realize that there are 20-25 units on the same radio channel, it’s a national holiday, it’s hot as hell, and their dispatch center is a small room in the basement of the jail building?  Are you not listening?  You just key up and start talking?  Really?


A Quiet Moment

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2 am, 5/16/2013


Our newest K9 visits dispatch

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“Daisy”, our newest K9, visits us during a slow moment in dispatch.  Until she’s trained, her primary attack form will be licking people into submission.

At work 2/17/12


Working channel two tonight. You can listen on smart phone apps like 5-0 Radio, online at (California, Tulare County Sheriff, ch 2), or locally on your scanner at 453.650 MHz.


I can hear you now!

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I’m back at work after an almost European vacation of 5 weeks. It’s all coming back to me.


Another Night in Paradise

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It’s Friday night, back at it.

Santa BOLO and Radio Silliness

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Sometimes we get to have some fun.  Here’s our annual BOLO (be on the lookout) for Santa.  People stay up till after midnight to hear this every year, and every year it’s a bit different.

Many hours later, after a typically busy night (yep, Christmas is non-stop running from one call to the next)(did you hear the phones ringing constantly in the background?) one of the units cleared a loud music call in a slightly different than usual manner…  so I responded in kind.

We were busy from 7pm till I left at 3am. And dispatch was short handed all night long.  It’s been a long, tiring shift, and I’m ready for bed!  Then I get to get up and do it all over again tonight.

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