Dispatchers Statements are Not Orders

Here’s a prime example of why.

A Denver 911 operator was mistaken when he told a motorist to return to the area where he and his companions had been threatened in a road-rage incident — moments before a fatal shooting, the head of the city’s emergency phone system acknowledged Monday.

The men who called 911 didn’t want to return to the area of the road rage incident but eventually gave in to the “authority” of the dispatcher.  The dispatcher has no authority.  Get this through you head.  Despite what everyone is saying, even with some other recent incidents, just because a dispatcher says do X doesn’t mean you have to.  You are free to make the decision yourself and if you feel it to be bad advice you do not need to follow it.

Secondly, the police are under no obligation to protect you.  The police officers are not going to be dinged for not being there when this man was shot.  The dispatcher, despite his facilitation, will not be charged with murder.  You are responsible for your own defense and most assuredly if for some crazy reason you feel like heading back into a hot AO, carry your damn gun.  Because, most likely, you’re going to need it if people were already threatening you.  And if you’re heading to someplace where you think you’re going to need a gun, you’re breaking the first rule of survival, avoidance.  You carry for the unexpected, when trouble finds you, don’t go looking for trouble.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.

About Barron Barnett

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do it’s thing.
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One Response to Dispatchers Statements are Not Orders

  1. Linoge says:

     The first step should be forcibly reminding those dispatchers that they, in fact, have no authority and should be giving absolutely no one orders.  The second step is never going to happen, but we need to teach people how to think for themselves again.  The military operated off the notion that the on-scene commander always has a better grasp on the immediate situation than the head honcho decks / miles away, and the premise is no different here.