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Danbury Police Union officials want more communication with civilian dispatchers

Danbury Police Union officials are speaking out about delayed response by civilian dispatchers to officers in need of assistance.  The Newstimes reports that the nearly four minute response time to Office Joe Pooler last month when he was being violent beaten in an unprovoked attack was not the first time that officer's called for help because they were being assaulted. 

 

The report says on New Year's Eve, an officer was choked by a motorist who was pulled over for drunk driving and officers in the field overheard the call on the radio.  The dispatch center allegedly never heard the call and the other officers coordinated their own response. 

 

In November there was a domestic violence incident response where the suspect returned to the home while an officer was there, and started to attack police. 

 

The published report says the delayed response to a dispatcher bathroom break.  Union officials say there is a frequent turn over of dispatchers, a lack of knowledge of the area and lack of communication with officers.

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Dave Rinelli

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