Originally Posted by contaucreek
Started with a Patrolman mini in 1977. Went on to a tunable Panasonic, 4 channel crystal portable, a BC portable years ago then out of it for a long time. I now listen on my phone!
I remember a funny story I read in the paper about the Toronto Police way back in the day. Seems a couple of reprobates thought they would play a trick on the dispatch and the rest of the platoon. With one cop beating on his chest to make the sound of a helicopter the other said something to the effect of "chopper one...we need assistance now"
Many cruisers were sent...
Toronto had no police helicopter...
There's a joker in every deck...we used to have a Deputy locally who liked to freak out the Dispatchers. When they were training a new one (or one of us lowly RDS was working Dispatch) and you gave him a Signal 37 because you hadn't heard from him in awhile and wanted to make sure he was okay or at least awake, he'd answer in a panicked voice, "10-36, Signal 45!" And the Dispatcher would go nuts frantically looking up the 10-code and Signal to see just what kind of trouble the guy was in...only to discover he was telling them that they needed to give station identification and time stamp...
Whenever he did that (and it was a joke that got kinda run into the ground, if you take my meaning) I always wondered what the folks with what we used to call "home monitors" thought of it.