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Scanner Traffic Takes A Hit

I was wondering why I was hearing less Scanner Traffic recently. It was such a dropoff that I contacted Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. She had the answer. Of course. Said she: "The 911 center has made a few adjustments. They no longer just air all of the calls and wait for an officer to answer up. If they can see a specific officer is in the vicinity they assign it to that officer. There is also less radio traffic with LE these days because officers use their computers so much. If they see a call on the screen that dispatch just added then they can assign it to themselves and they don't need to have radio communication. They can also check themselves out somewhere such as the PD or on a call without having to go thru dispatch. It is designed to be more efficient and not tie up dispatchers to routine radio traffic while they are also handling emergency calls. It makes it less interesting in scanner land but it is supposed to ease up the load on dispatchers."

Question: Are you a fan of Scanner Traffic?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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