Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cell Phone

Do you carry a cell phone on duty?  I used to be opposed to officers carrying cell phones but now I have changed my mind about that, with a caveat.  Officers should carry a work cell phone.  They should only use it for work purposes, to include calling home to the spouse.

Officers should not spend time on the phone except to contact each other, or dispatch.  It is a very good tool to use when using the radio would tie up too much air time.  I have used it to explain a complex situation to dispatch or to the watch commander.

It's much better to use the police phone than to try and borrow a phone or use someones house phone.  They key is to have the phone on a setting that won't make noise when it rings.  Searching a house or conducting an interview while the phone is humming, or buzzing is at least annoying and can even be dangerous; that's what the SGT Says.

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