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    O/R Wants to Know (Radio Calls)

    Agencies across the country operate very differently. Some officers are assigned to permanent or set beats/districts/precincts/posts/grids/whatever. If a call comes out in your area, you go. Some agencies (usually geographically smaller ones) use a rotation system...call come out, and you're next on the list, you get sent. Some agencies are dispatched via a "Select and Recommend" system. This method uses your GPS...the CAD processes the call, and sees who is nearest to the call and recommends that unit to the dispatcher. Some Select and Recommend systems even take it a step further and classify calls...i.e. if it is a disturbance, the CAD might know that three officers are required, or if it is a possible DOA, two officers and a supervisor must be dispatched. If there aren't resources to fully "staff" the call, the CAD will not recommend any units for dispatch, and the call will pend.

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    We operate on a broad four-district plan, with each district containing two sub-districts, for a total of eight seperate beats. The beat lines are drawn up based on population and call load. My beat, for example, is dense but decently large, and is about 8 blocks north to south, and about 30 blocks wide. Some beats are several miles wide and long and consist of wide open space. There can be multiple cars in each of the beats. This doesn't include citywide cars or special units. We are dispatched by area...in fact my radio designator refers to my area. If one beat's cars are tied up, the call pends, or a nearby beat handles. There is no input by the dispatcher on who should get the call based on distance.
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    It all depends on how many cars we have on. We have a minimum officer staffing of 3 (which in my mind in understaffed and downright dangerous) with a minimum of 1 sgt.

    If we have three working, it goes like this:
    1 east car
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    On my shift (nights), 2 cars go to every call. If there is a cell in the east sector, the center and west car go. If there's a call in the center sector, the center car goes, along with who ever is closest. If the west and center cars are on a call, the east car and sgt. go. If a call in your sector comes in while you're on another call, the call is given to the next available car to clear calls as soon as possible.

    If we have 4 cars on
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    Same as above, except both sector cars go to calls in their own sector.

    If we have 5 on (the most that are on the schedule)
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    Same as above, except the rover isn't assigned to a sector and patrols the whole city. The rover isn't responsible for calls unless one of the sector cars ends up out of service (waiting on a tow, in the jail, etc) and a call comes in in their sector. Then the rover car fills in the gap. Otherwise the rover car get's kind of a free ride all night. When we have 5 on, the rover car is normally the officer who is on the last night of their rotation, and about to go on days off. It helps them get out of work on time by keeping their reports low.
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    Small town work here.

    There are generally one or two cars on shift at a time. You handle what comes your way as you can. A lot of times on nights and after a certain time there will only be two cops working the entire county. One in town with our department and one Deputy.

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    Full strength is 6 beats, one officer per beat, 2 rovers (corporals) and 1 sergeant. The beat unit gets the call unless busy, rover or next closest beat catches the slack on assignment by dispatch.
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    Four patrol areas. Three are hard "zones" that we usually run two each in. Area 4 is the "roamer" and is usually just the cover officers - they can go anywhere in town and area usually assigned to back the area officer if a cover is needed so there will still be another area officer available. 4 is usually your more senior guys. Our dispatch is a CAD system that 'recommends' who goes. I don't know the criteria it uses - but it sure seems like it 'picks on' some poor unlucky soul every now and then. We do have GPS on our cars, but I don't think that factors in.

    If you have a priority call, dispatch sends whoever they decide, and others just advise when they arrive if they get there first (keeps everyone from tying up the radio saying they're going). We have an option of just hitting a button that puts us on scene, but they prefer calling out on the radio, since now everyone knows who isn't sitting in their car watching the pretty screen.
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    We have two beats. If the squad is full and nobody's off, there are also two floating units, plus the sergeant.

    Calls are first dispatched to the unit assigned that beat; if they're tied up, they go to a floater or another available unit. Occasionally dispatch will assign a call based on the unit, like if the complainant is only speaking Spanish, then a Spanish speaking officer may be dispatched over the beat unit. Anyone can step up and take a call if they're closer or otherwise just feel like it or are first on scene...
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    Both departments I've worked for a sector/beat dispatched. However at my old department, dispatching would be as follows "235 with unit to back, copy a call at 123 main street etc etc". They would dispatch the sector car, and ask for a car to back. Protocol was the closest car, distance-wise, to back. I liked it because it was sector driven (im big on sector responsibility), and it forced you to focus on listening to the radio, and to learn street names, to know whether or not you were closest and should back.

    New department, also sector dispatched, however dispatch also picks and dispatches the backing unit, supposedly based on which beat is closest to the sector in which the call is in. Not as good as my old department's system because dispatch has no idea who is geographically closest (the officer in the next closest sector may be at the farthest end of his sector, but the officer in another sector may be at the near end of his sector), and it causes a whole lot more radio traffic because on at least one out of every three calls, someone speaks up and tells dispatch that they're closer to the call, and to replace the dispatched cover car with him/her.
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    We have 3 zones and 5 beats per zone. Each zone shift has somewhere between 6-8 officers and a Sgt. assigned to it. Generally you stay in your zone and your primary in your assigned beat in your zone of your free. Any officer in the zone can be dispatched to any beat in the zone as needed, but the dispatchers need ask permission from the Sgt's to cross dispatch officers from other zones for waiting calls unless its a priority.
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    As I said early -- we've got two beats or areas. You work the calls in your area, but being that we're a geographically small jurisdiction, nobody sweats it if the area unit is on the other side of town. Unless, of course, they're magically never close to the calls and always manage to duck 'em to a floating unit or something like that.
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    In the department I used to be a reserve for we did like this:

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    Number of cars in each area depended on staffing. We also sometimes had cars assigned to downtown and foot patrol in the downtown area for part of your shift. Dispatch would simply call out "available unit please respond to XXX at YYY". The closest car would then respond with backup officers also calling out depending on type of call.

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    We are assigned by beat and bordering for back up or next closest beat. We can, of course take a call if we actually happen to be closer or to help someone out. If noone's available in said pct, then they notify the next closest car in a bordering pct and so on. The fun days are when they say that no units available in any pct. Then it's hopping. The 5 Pct's are broken up geographically, but vary depending on where they are and population density. The wester Pct's are larger in area, but not as densly populated as the eastern (or downtown) pcts.

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    We have 4 areas that MUST be covered. Officers are assigned there and calls are dispatched to them. If another officer is closer, they'll usually jump the call.
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    Pretty simple here,We have 3 deputies,1 Sgt. and 1 Lt. per shift.We cover 725 sq.miles.The Lt. will go in service and generally never be heard from again for 12 hours till he goes out of service,the Sgt.basically runs the shift,AND shags calls.

    We are divided East/West 2 "working" units per side,after that it is pretty much a rotation basis,but if I am closer to a call I will grab it,as will my deputy.We have an unwritten agreement that he tales the "northern" part of the east side,and I take the "southern" part of the east side.


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    We are dispatched calls radio only. We have 2 deputies for our Northend zone, 2 for our East side, 1 North Plaquemine zone (usually Sgt.) 1 South Plaquemine zone, 1 for the White Castle zone, and 1 Lt which does admin shit and is a floater. (or should be) No OT is authorized if someone calls in sick, vacation or the like. The Lt. is supposed to cover a zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    We are dispatched calls radio only. We have 2 deputies for our Northend zone, 2 for our East side, 1 North Plaquemine zone (usually Sgt.) 1 South Plaquemine zone, 1 for the White Castle zone, and 1 Lt which does admin shit and is a floater. (or should be) No OT is authorized if someone calls in sick, vacation or the like. The Lt. is supposed to cover a zone.
    SUPPOSED,being the key word here I presume LT.???

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    You guys keep confusing me. You seem to be saying that a Lieutenant is out on the road?!

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    Incidentally, my wife is a dispatcher for the county. They have two squads, north and south. From there they dispatch by AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locater) as to who is closer to the call.
    We talked about going to "districts" several years ago (before county) with several cars to each district, but we didn't like the idea of not having beat responsibilties. For some reason, we figured the slackers would never take any calls. Though I know that's unheard of.

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    We have 9 contract cities and each has their own beat set up, as well as how the surrounding county area is managed.

    2 of them are small, and they have 2 city units per shift and 2 traffic units (1 being a motor)

    3 of them are in close proximity, so while each city decides how many units they pay for (1, 1 1/2, and 5 per shift as well as 1@ traffic and motor) they have agreed that they can cover each other as needed. The city with 5 has a specific beat area for each unit.

    2 of the medium size cities also have specific beats for each unit, the other 2 have areas with 2 units per area.

    The county areas work out of the adjacent contract city, 5 sub-stations, or 4 rural areas with resident deputies. The bigger, busier areas have specific beats. The resident deputies work in specific rural communities and still have a call-out rotation for after-hours.
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    It all depends...on days a lot of the time there is only one patrol on shift so you get everything

    Nights there are more on shift...it seems they do it on a rotating shift for calls...and they will usually assign a back-up/cover if needed. If we have been busy, they will at times ask who can break for a call or for cover but usually its rotating.

    Sometimes late at night we only have one patrol...so you get all the calls then too lol

    When alone we ask for mutual aid for cover from county or the nearest city....which at times can take awhile...they dont have a lot on either so it depends on where there free unit is...
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