Officer Needs Assistance

Tammy Folvarcik, Communications Officer and Communications Training Officer, Missouri

It was not “my officer” but his cries for help pierced my soul just the same. “I have been shot!” are four words no dispatcher ever wants to hear whether the officer is of their agency or not. Quickly moving into action I advise, “Officer needs assistance” letting my officers know the location and that the officer has been shot. Few details are available as assisting officers arrive on scene and I find myself growing impatient to know more.

A sigh of relief only comes when you hear the suspect is no longer a threat and the officer has sustained only non life threatening injuries.