Q: I would like to know how officers decide what calls are priority over others? For instance if there are 2 stabbings on the same incident what could be a priority over that?
A: Our calls are dispatched on a priority basis depending upon several factors, such as life threatening injuries, if the crime is "in progress", and calls that require mutiple units to respond. In addition, call volume if exceptionally high, may require units from one side of town to respond to another side of town
if other 'local' beat units are tied up. Calls are dispatched as soon as the call comes in. The calls for service we recieve are handled and prioritized by the CAD (computer aided dispatch) software, and as the other circumstances mentioned dictate.