What is CAD?

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KC9VZV

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I hear the Leav. pd asking disp. for a cad number, so what is a cad?
CAD stands for Computer Aided Dispatch. It is the software (combined with hardware) that dispatchers use to dispatch calls quickly and efficiently. So, in that case, a CAD number would most likely be a report number which refers to specific call ticket in the CAD software so the officer can reference it. Officers often ask for this number when writing reports. This number can also be called a CR number, or case report number. Hope this helps!
 

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You might also hear it referred to a CFS number, or a Call For Service, which like others said is the number that the CAD automatically assigns to each call that is entered into the computer.

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