it maybe our tax dollars that helped pay for the radios but that in no way gives us any sort of ownership of them.w4rez said:This is true, but they should take public opinion and perception into consideration when choosing a comm system. Are you forgetting that we're the ones that pay for it?....
Last year there was a little girl murdered and dumped in a residential neighborhood in Tulsa. a vehicle disrcription was given out in a BOLO as well as later on the news. We had to put another dispatcher on evening shift for a week just to help deal with the "I saw a white minivan" calls we got from the public that continued several days after the suspect was spotted and arrested by Tulsa PD.
Like I said earlier, there are good examples where the listening public helps out; but 9 times out of 10 in my experiance the person (even though they have good intentions) calling in after hearing something on a scanner isn't helping at all.
:lol: I even had some old lady call in a suspicious person complaint, then call back 5 minutes later wanting to file a complaint b/c she has a scnner and knows an officer had not been dispatched to her residence, when in all reality there had been , but it had been done on our agency's 800mhz Talk group and not on our VHF freq. Try explaining to a 75 year old women over the phone what trunking is!