Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stupid Calls

911 Messy Room

Someone calls 911 for a kid with a messy room. Sure you have gotten stupid calls on your 911 system too. We always have gotten stupid calls on the emergency lines. It's a part of the job. A good dispatcher will screen these calls out and the officers will not have to respond to them.

Sometimes a citizen will be insistent that we come our or a new dispatcher will not know how to make these kinds of calls go away and we end up stuck with them. Take it in stride as part of the job. Don't let the annoying citizen or the incompetent dispatcher get to you and make you upset that you have to waste your time rolling on a mess room or some other stupid call. At least they are not shooting at you.

Make it into an opportunity. Inspect the home. Listen to everyone there. Get identification from everyone, run their driving records and their vehicle registrations. Perhaps the car registration is expired and you can tow their car. Maybe you can find someone with an outstanding warrant. Perhaps junior is growing marijuana in his messy bedroom. You may get an arrest out if the call yet, consider it a challenge, that's what the SGT Says.


Texas Ghostrider said...

If they are stupid enough to call 911 for that they are stupid enough to be wanted and have all sorts of stuff in plain

*Goddess* said...

Did you read the story the other day about the guy who was arrested for erratic driving? Turns out he was eating a bowl of CEREAL. I thought maybe they could get him for insanity. You know, cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.......yeah, that hurts to read:)


I agree 100% with what you said. You never know what may come out of a 911 call, even if it's for some weird reasons.
But the best one we ever had, and even re-recorded the tape to share with other Department's, is when an Indian Reserve that we patrol had their office clerk phone in to report that Canada Post didn't stop in their town that day to drop off their welfare checks.
We of course had to send it to near by detachment's with reserves close by, and to Police Radio and Police One to share with the other Brothers around.

And THANK YOU for recommending my blog POLICE DIVER in your must reads list!!
You Sir are a gentleman and Brother!!

Bunkermeister said...

Stupid is as much a lifestyle as many other things and those who are stupid enough to call 911 for a dirty room are stupid enough to do all kinds of things.

Cearal Goddess? Wow. Missed that one.

You are welcome Diver.