Cause for concern in Leominster - Sen...

Cause for concern in Leominster - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 69 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 20, 2011, titled Cause for concern in Leominster - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Debbie Drive resident Albert Vallee was listening to his police scanner on the afternoon of Dec.

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shaking my head

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#62 Jan 23, 2011
wondering wrote:
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Just wondering, who pays for civilian dispatchers? Is it not the city?
I'm sorry, I didn't make it clear enough.
He/she was totally wrong about them answering 911 calls. Anyone who abuses 911 should be fined imho.
The taxes do pay for the dispatchers.
wondering

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#63 Jan 23, 2011
shaking my head wrote:
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I'm sorry, I didn't make it clear enough.
He/she was totally wrong about them answering 911 calls. Anyone who abuses 911 should be fined imho.
The taxes do pay for the dispatchers.
You didnt answer the question the first time you tool. I dont think that in any comment here it said answering 911 calls- and that was not what I was referring to. IMHO yes whoever calles the 911 line should be fined. However, there is a nonemergency police number, it was not a police officer who answered. So, if you know- where do their checks come from?
let me do my job

Leominster, MA

#64 Jan 23, 2011
All public jobs are paid by public funds.

Dispatchers are responsible for answering 911 and all business lines, the radio, the NCIC computer, MDT, and people in the lobby, and for timestamping incident response times, and for requesting helicopters or other mutual aid, power companies, verizon for poles, tows, highway department, and entering records into and querying NCIC.

As in any environment, some workers are duds. Personally I take a "customer service" attitude and am happy to talk to anyone who calls or comes in. I am happy to call a patrol off the road if you want to talk to a police officer, likewise FD personnel. I must triage the calls so if you want to complain about your neighbor's barking dog (even on the non-emergency business line) I might have to ask you to call back after I get life-saving ambulances to some person in trouble. And when I do get a chance to discuss your problem, public safety may or may not be able to help you. Many people think their problem is a police matter but it's really a matter for the courts, social services, health professionals, Animal Control, another jurisdiction, the mayor... we can direct you to the appropriate agency.

I would suggest that if you want to be treated with respect, you approach emergency responders with respect. As for "I'll have your badge - I pay your salary" don't even bother. That's a whole other diatribe. Over & Out.
Leominster Resident

Holden, MA

#65 Jan 24, 2011
could the 2-1-1 system have this information? If not, how about implementing the 2-1-1 services for such "need to know" information.
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#66 Jan 24, 2011
Leominster Resident wrote:
could the 2-1-1 system have this information? If not, how about implementing the 2-1-1 services for such "need to know" information.
So you want the disapatcher who is trying to field all the other calls and hear his/her police to now let everyone know what it going on?
They don't need to know anything except.... they see police all over the place... it is 100% certain that the police are looking for someone. If it is a child they will also see fire, ems, and civies. If they don't see fire, ems or civies.. it is a CRIMINAL.
Get your kids in and lock the doors and stay off all police lines. You don't need to know. You're (in general) are not going go out the door and say... oh... let me help you catch the CRIMINAL.
And some of you wonder why I shake my head.
Leominster Resident

Holden, MA

#67 Jan 24, 2011
shaking my head wrote:
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So you want the disapatcher who is trying to field all the other calls and hear his/her police to now let everyone know what it going on?
They don't need to know anything except.... they see police all over the place... it is 100% certain that the police are looking for someone. If it is a child they will also see fire, ems, and civies. If they don't see fire, ems or civies.. it is a CRIMINAL.
Get your kids in and lock the doors and stay off all police lines. You don't need to know. You're (in general) are not going go out the door and say... oh... let me help you catch the CRIMINAL.
And some of you wonder why I shake my head.
Settle down "shaking my head". It's more of a reference to the unnecessary calls like "Is school closed" "Is their a meeting" blah, blah blah.
My early post did and does agree that it's common sense, you see the police, helicopters etc lock yourself in and wait it out. I wouldn't want a cop to stop trying to "PROTECT" just to appease someone being noisy.
Besides doesn't Leominster have a staff member to handle press release? Wendy? If anything in needed to be released, couldn't Wendy release the information to 2-1-1? Then all the noisy bodies could simple call one line to get information? Just a thought!
shaking my head

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#68 Jan 25, 2011
Leominster Resident wrote:
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Settle down "shaking my head". It's more of a reference to the unnecessary calls like "Is school closed" "Is their a meeting" blah, blah blah.
My early post did and does agree that it's common sense, you see the police, helicopters etc lock yourself in and wait it out. I wouldn't want a cop to stop trying to "PROTECT" just to appease someone being noisy.
Besides doesn't Leominster have a staff member to handle press release? Wendy? If anything in needed to be released, couldn't Wendy release the information to 2-1-1? Then all the noisy bodies could simple call one line to get information? Just a thought!
The nosy bodies will never stop frivolous calls to 911 unless the system starts fining them.
Again.. no one needs a reverse call. It is none of their business.
The police and the dispatchers have plenty to do without the nosy neighbors and the politicians too.
JustMe

Lexington, MA

#69 Jan 26, 2011
Hip hop wrote:
<quoted text> Then again you are the responsible one who let's your 6 yr. old wander around town. If there was a dangerous situation where you had to lock your doors you could always have a key hidden or when the kids ring the doorbell you could stop stuffing your fat face with Twinkies and HO HO's and let them in.(you started the insults)
HAHAHA, I statred the insults, huh? so when you call me and other leominster residents "IDIOTS" thats not an insult, right?

and yes, obviously if there was a dangerous situation I would make my kids come inside and lock the doors, if you actually READ my post before you started spewing your insults you would have read what I wrote was "I am not going to keep my doors locked when I am home and my kids are outside". Because whatever is in my house is not as valuable as my children.....Asssss Hat

and FYI, my kids are NOT 6, the posting was hypothetical, DIR. and I do not let my kids "wander around town" I let them play in my or my neighbors yard with the other neighborhood kids.

and stuffing my face??? you have NO IDEA what I do or dont do. But I do know that what I do is 100% more productive and more appreciated than whatever it is that you do
HLP

Leominster, MA

#70 Jan 26, 2011
Instead of racing down to the scene to see what is going on, and getting in the way, maybe some of the local politicians need to finally step foot inside the police station. Then they could find out what is going on and also see how busy the few people that work there really are, never mind the deplorable conditions they work in.

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