dispatcher dispatcher  /dɪs ˈpæ tʃər/


  1. (n) the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
  2. (n) employee of a transportation company who controls the departures of vehicles according to weather conditions and in the interest of efficient service


  1. The police transcripts show that the officers involved apparently joked and laughed about the incident with the dispatcher.
  2. He brought it up on the phone with the 911 dispatcher.
  3. The dispatcher, it turns out, is also a member of the underground, a fact that leads to an explosive and tragic finale.


  1. Police dispatcher is calm on the job

    GREENVILLE — When Jacquator Ayers started out as a dispatcher with the Greenville Police Department, she was nervous, knowing her voice was the first thing callers would hear when they dialed 911.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Delta Democrat Times

  2. 911 Dispatcher Robbed; Her Training Helps Police Catch Suspect

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– A 911 dispatcher was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Bridgeton Schnucks Wednesday. She...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: KPLR 11 St. Louis

  3. Dispatcher Spends 8 Hours on Phone to Locate Patient

    A New York City Fire Department dispatcher stayed on the phone with a patient in need of help for eight hours as authorities rushed to locate her. A 911 call came into the system at 12:53 p.m. on June 10 and it appeared to be...        
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ABC News

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  1. "The operator made his judgment that it was not a call that police attendance was required, and that was based on the information provided by the caller," said Beck. "Efforts were made by the dispatcher to connect to a tow-truck company. That...
    on Apr 19, 2010 By: Beck Source: Toronto Sun

  2. "One was very, very short duration that just is recorded at the tower but never got through to a dispatcher. There was another one that actually got to the dispatcher but there was no voice contact, the call was just a matter of a few seconds where...
    on Apr 20, 2010 By: Yogi Huyghebaert Source: Winnipeg Free Press

  3. "AT&T taunts the DPUC even during our regulatory review," Blumenthal said. "Dismantling its last remaining residential customer service dispatcher jobs, even while under DPUC review for its failing repair and maintenance, dramatizes the depth...
    on Oct 8, 2008 By: Richard Blumenthal Source: Meriden Record-Journal

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