It’s great being back at work. I’m well aware of how much I have to be grateful for this year as we roll into my first working holiday. A year ago, I was just about of unemployment funds and still couldn’t get my first break into public safety. I’d just passed my first interview with […]

Back in the Saddle

Today was my first day back after a much-appreciated 10 day vacation. Because our training process is so long and pretty darned tough, they thought we’d appreciate some time to recharge our batteries. And HOW! It helped that my time off coincided with my fifth anniversary. My wife took some time off as well and […]

Released on Call Receiving!

Wow. It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged. Apologies for that, but it’s been a tough grind. I busted my butt to improve my ratings at work (and succeeded!), which took two weeks. Time enough for me to meet standards in all categories across the board. My trainer recommended me for evaluation. That […]

Mental/Emotional – UPDATE

So, the chocolate ice cream must have worked or something. The rest of the week was great. This isn’t really a post, I just want to share something huge for me. Telecommunicators at my agency are judged on seven categories. To get out of training, I have to “Meet Standards” in all seven categories. Last […]


This is a call type we use when we believe someone involved has an aptly-named mental and/or emotional problem. Sometimes it’s the caller, informing us that they have ghosts in their van and they would like the police to come out and do something about it. Other times, it’s the person screaming in the street […]

A Sense of Belonging

Training is going much better this week. The things I got dinged on last week are mostly behind me, and my trainer is using more positive, future-focused language. Much needed from a morale standpoint. Like most dispatchers, I’m pretty Type A. Driven, perfectionist, and harder on myself than others. Watching my trainer sign off things […]


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