Sunday, October 17, 2010

Speed Radio

Your dispatcher needs to know who you are, where you are and what you are doing and what you need. In an extreme emergency, you may need to prioritize your radio transmissions to communicate the most essential information as rapidly as possible.

“One Adam Twelve, third and Main; shots fired, officer needs help.”
Who you are, where you are, what you are doing and what you need.

That’s a lot to say when you are trying to shoot, move give verbal commands, and reload. In some circumstances you may be able to reasonably anticipate that dispatch may already know who you are. May agency typically field three to six units, the dispatcher generally know our voices, with a department of few than fifty officers even a new dispatcher knows everyone pretty quickly.

Our radio system also cues up your radio call sing when we transmit, so with that system even a big city dispatcher will be able to know who you are when you call. If you have been dispatched t a location and notified your dispatcher of your arrival and not moved far from there, you may also be able t delete your location from your transmission.

“Shots fired, officer needs assistance.”

That may be enough to get the help you need to where you need it. If someone is shooting at you, long radio messages are probably sometime you can’t afford; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I mention a similar thing in my post today when I called dispatch for a car found in the street.
I was precise, concise, and provided all the information required.
Today's GPS in patrol cruisers helps a lot, too.

Stay safe.

TerryByrd said...


We utilize/teach a radio procedure known as a:

"Location only help call".

I teach my offiers that if it's really bad and all you can do is get your location out on the radio, do it and we'll handle the rest.

Its like a secret code, if we hear one of us yell out a location and nothing else, we presume he/she is in BIG trouble and send the cavalry.

We continuously try to raise the unit involved for status updates to slow down the response, or clear any accidental help calls. Officers are trained to immediately let us know if things improve or if the call was put out in accident.

By the way, "Location, location, location!" Its the most important piece of information you can get on the air and keep the dispatcher/radio net informed of...

We plan/hope for a new MOTOTRBO radio system with GPS location of all radios, car and handi-talkies.
Even if you have AVL of some sort, its a good failsafe in case the technology fails.

Stay safe!

Bunkermeister said...

GPS is very helpful if your agency has it.

Bunkermeister said...

They can't come help if they don't know where to go.

Protect_and_Serve said...

One advantage of our small Departmet is that everyone knows eveyone's voice on the radio. "Fighting one", "On foot", or even "Help" gets back up moving in your direction quickly without further radio traffic.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, our small department is much like that.