Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Citizens Police Academy – Dispatch and Internet

mad citizen police academyMADISONVILLE, KY (10/31/12) – This weeks’ Citizen’s Police Academy at the Madisonville Police Department was a particularly interesting one. We learned about the concept of 911 Dispatch and internet crimes.
 
First off, I have to thank our 911 Dispatch workers for their dedication to their jobs. It sounds easy. Pick up the phone, take down some notes, and tell the officers what’s going on. Unfortunately, there is so much more to being a Dispatch worker than that. Even LT. Robert Carter, a Madisonville Police Officer, stated that being a Dispatcher was 10 times harder than being an officer.
 
Consider the fact that these people are major multi-taskers. We automatically assume that Dispatch is police-oriented only. This could not be further from the truth. Dispatchers cover all law enforcement, fire departments throughout the county, Humane Society, Utilities, Child Protection Services, Constables, and so much more.
 
That is a lot to cover. However, that is not all. There are a limited number of Dispatch workers. This requires major multi-tasking. One Dispatcher will be answering one call, taking notes, dispatching officers/firefighters/etc, and at the same time answering a secondary or even a third call. This will all take place at one time. The Dispatcher has to be able to do several things all at once, with no pause in between calls. There are very few slow times for a Dispatcher. A special thanks to these folks, as they are very important factors in keeping our local citizens safe.
 
On the aspect of ONLINE CRIMES, well, that was a very shocking part of the class. The extremes of online crimes are unrealized by many. As technology has progressed over the years, the crimes have gotten more common and more severe. You would be shocked to find out just how extreme it has become.
 
Without going too deeply into details, there are a few tips you need to know about the Internet and your family.
1) Don’t take photos of your children with your cell phone and post them online.
2) Don’t put too much personal information on social networking sites.
3) Don’t trade your old cell phone in or pass it on to anyone else. If you get a new cell phone, destroy the old one.
 
Keep in mind that such criminal activities as identity theft, kidnapping, and child abuse are not specific to any one territory. This happens here, in our town. When you put too much information on the web, it’s easy to track down your exact location, your interests, photos of your children, their interests, where they attend school, and more.
 
These days many people spend far too much time on social networking sites. Though most don’t realize it, these sites are like jungles. You have the nice animals, such as monkeys, squirrels, rabbits, giraffes, etc, but at the same time, there is an equal amount of predators in the social networking jungles. Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! The reality of that last phrase is, “Identity Theft, Child Abuse, and Criminals, oh my!” It’s so simple for someone to track you down online now, simply because you are sharing too much information online.
 
Anyone can look at a single photo on Facebook, and by the end of the day know where you live, what your house looks like, your hobbies, your children’s ages, your place of work, and so much more. It’s all out there if you know how to track it, and the process of tracking is not difficult at all.
 
Again, if you are posting photos of your children online, or too much personal information, I strongly urge you to get rid of it.
 
Lastly, and once more, thanks to the 911 Dispatch for all the hard work and dedication to our community. You are vital to us, and highly appreciated.

J.L. Graham
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
button coupons
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
button classifieds
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

December 24, 2014 11792

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 7967

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 4780

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 19, 2014 3978

Vehicle Fire Causes Traffic Back-Up on Pennyrile

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 23, 2014 3923

Couple's Alleged Dispute over Blanket Leads to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 25, 2014 3411

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 23, 2014 3406

Alleged Theft at Walmart Sends Two to Jail

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 22, 2014 3364

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 22, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 20, 2014 3185

KET’s Kentucky Life Segment to Feature Old…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
December 23, 2014 2983

Disturbance Results in Vehicle, Foot Pursuit,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer Tyler Russell

Stories Trending Today

December 24, 2014 11792

Christmas Eve Bloody Brawl Erupts on Dulin Street

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 25, 2014 7967

Gift Returns Done Right

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 4780

Arrests Made After Dulin Avenue Christmas Eve…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
December 25, 2014 3411

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - December 25, 2014

in Video by Crime Stoppers
December 26, 2014 1564

5-Year-Old Boy Kills Buck/Doe

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Randy Adams
December 24, 2014 1213

Winter Superfoods for Optimal Health

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 24, 2014 1148

Jobless Rates down in 119 Counties in November…

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock
December 25, 2014 1105

How to Create Your Household Budget

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 26, 2014 1097

Grab the Best Buys This January

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
December 25, 2014 1005

SurfKY Spotlight: Hudson Service Center

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss