Today's Northwest Herald spotlights the plight of 9.5 dispatchers at the McHenry Police Department who are worried about their employment security.
And they aren't taking it lying down. Check out the page on www.facebook.com; search for "McHenry Police Dispatchers". As of this moment the page has 531 fans!
I had to chuckle at the remark by McHenry's City Administrator, Doug Maxeiner. "He said he thought the Facebook page was premature, since no decision has been made on the issue."
What? The dispatchers are supposed to sit back and wait for the decision to outsource the center??? Anybody - everybody - knows it's too late then!
Local dispatchers not only know the officers, they know the roads, call history at a business or residence and have a personal investment in the operation.
Just "whose" new regulations require police departments to be able to receive text messages? Yes, it's probably a good idea, but should it require massive shuffling of operations at police departments? I guess if I am locked in someone's trunk and all I can do is text, I'd like the PD to be able to read it. (OK, don't get any ideas, guys.)
Sometimes you have to worry about "trends" in law enforcement, because they are going to drive up costs; ex., MARV, every department wanting to have its own drug dog or SWAT team, mobile command centers, and other big-city equipment.
One (1) mobile command center available to any agency in a county would probably be adequate. How often are they used? Once a year? Maybe?
Check out the Facebook page for the McHenry dispatchers. They are making sure that their voices are heard.
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