You can’t very well turn off the power for an hour at police dispatch on Earth Day, because its all electronic. So we turned down the lights in the dispatch center, shut down anything not absolutely necessary, and the manager handed out led “tea light” candles (one of which ended up on top of my head). Police dispatch is a high stress, fast paced, multi tasking challenge these days which is heavily reliant on computers. On a busy Friday or Saturday night you are basically talking and typing as fast as you can for up to 12 hours. Once in a long while if there is a problem with the system or they are doing upgrades we go back to the old fashioned dispatching with a radio, pad of paper, and a pencil. When that happens the young police officers out there, who have become so reliant on this technology to survive, seem wander around disoriented and lost.
- Author of several award winning metaphysical books in 4 languages, a safety book for field workers, and numerous articles, now moving into writing fiction.