Here’s what nobody is talking about when it comes to the trauma our FIRST first responders face – and it’s costing lives.

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By Andrew N. Baxter, MA – Andrew Baxter is a retired police lieutenant with nearly three decades of experience in the profession. He is on Instagram as @drew_breasy and YouTube as Drew Breasy

It all started on the front porch.

When I was growing up, I used to sit with my dad out on the front porch during the climate-friendly months.

Western New York winters are harsh and long, so when you can be outside, it’s a welcome change. I don’t think a lot of people knew that we were monitoring and solving the world’s problems as cars passed by.

My dad would set his Bearcat scanner on the windowsill facing outward, so we could listen to the crackle of the local police radio, the urgency of the firefighters rushing to a blaze, or even the nightly roll call for the volunteer rescue service in a nearby rural area.

We left the 8 channels on “scan” mode unless something significant was happening, at which time we would lock that channel. The glider on the front porch with dad was sometimes marred by slapping at mosquitos, but I was also bit by a very different kind of bug.

It was my first exposure to a Communications Center/dispatch environment, paving the way for a robust career of public service in law enforcement.

Just get your foot in the door.

After a great experience serving in the military, I found a new home where I could potentially sit outside eleven months out of the year. I was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where my enlistment terminated in 1992. Like several other New Yorkers, Florida became my new home.

I wanted to work for a particular law enforcement agency, but there weren’t any openings for the academy. My recruiter convinced me to “get my foot in the door…” by applying to be a Digital Communications Dispatcher.

I knew what the recruiter was doing, but he didn’t know my admiration for the big voice on the radio. I also wanted to make my dad proud. I was hired and worked both as a radio dispatcher and as a 911 operator.

I always approached the job as a learning experience to fulfill my dream of being a deputy sheriff. It was a win/win as far as I was concerned, but I didn’t account for the trauma that came along with the job of being a Digital Communications Dispatcher.

Fast forward twenty-five years.

Twenty-five years later I was a lieutenant with a bunch of law enforcement experience and a yearning to lead. I was selected to return to the Communications Center where I had started, but this time I was in command. Many in the law enforcement profession would joke about my position.

“What did you do wrong?” I never saw it as a punishment, rather a huge honor.

I understand the sentiment, but unless you’ve been exposed at length to what the dispatchers and 911 people go through, you will never understand their selflessness. Even after retirement, I still look at it as an opportunity to bridge a very wide gap in leadership.

Though I never forgot my roots, I had been away from that environment for quite a while. I discovered the only things that changed in my twenty-five-year absence were the paint color, the furniture, and some of the monitors.

The citizens were still abusive to the 911 operators and non-emergency call takers, the cops (including supervisors) were outright nasty to the dispatchers on occasion. The Communications Center employees even still had warring factions within their group, and unfortunately turned on one another more than they united.

Add to that the inability of anyone in an executive administration position to have the desire to learn the inner workings, and it creates a class of mentally beat, highly stressed, underpaid and under-appreciated group of traumatized employees.

They wear hardened shells of trauma. They are formally disciplined more than any other group, and often their misdeeds are trauma-related meltdowns or at the least, violations that would be forgivable in a lot of other areas of an agency.

The project.

I decided to explore the trauma to try to fix what I could, but at the very least, offer some hope for the good people working there. I made use of my tuition and completed a research project where I sought to answer some questions to help mitigate the workplace stress. I know that I wasn’t the first.

The literature review told me that. Hopefully I won’t be the last. Staying in touch with some of my former co-workers and seeing the dispatcher chatter on social media tells me that. It seems that there are universal problems, and a universal lack of desire for anyone outside of the telecommunications profession to fix anything.

Points for executive leadership and administrators to ponder.

Even if you approached this issue from a business standpoint, you would see benefit in paying better attention to what is happening in your Communications/Dispatch environment.

There is a growing movement to recognize telecommunicators as first first responders, as they are the ones who get the emergency response process started. In effect, they are the voice of reason on behalf of you and your agency when someone calls 911 or even for general inquiries. Ask yourself, do you want a maladjusted employee speaking on behalf of your officers or you?

A high turnover rate is costing you money in recruiting and in the hiring process. The underlying cause of the high turnover rate is likely job satisfaction, but it goes much deeper than keeping the soda machine stocked, or “letting” the adult employees dress down on the weekends.

Some states are recognizing post-traumatic stress as Worker’s Compensation cases. Not to mention, unresolved trauma contributes to poor physical health, which could affect your health insurance coverage costs. Loss of productivity or absenteeism generates the need to pay overtime.

I’m sure by now you are thinking, “Well they aren’t exposed to danger sitting in that air conditioned/heated center.” That’s the first fatal flaw in my opinion.

Trauma is trauma.

Don’t confuse physical danger with exposure to trauma. For instance, I had a 911 operator sit down for her shift at 6 am one morning. For the purposes of this story, I will call her Nicole.

By 6:15 am, Nicole had handled a 911 call where a mother found her adult son dead with a needle in his arm. Minutes later, Nicole had another 911 call where a young father was describing the CPR that his wife was doing on their infant who was found face down in the bathtub.

I can’t help but think that the overdose victim’s mother had been waiting for years for that moment, and when it hit, she unwittingly unloaded on Nicole. Also- think of what the understandably inconsolable father was saying to Nicole as she was attempting to get answers to very simple questions such as, “How long was the baby in the tub?” and “Can you verify your address?”.

I’d love to tell you that Nicole’s first thirty minutes that day was an anomaly, but it isn’t. They deal with even the kindest, most righteous people, but at their absolute worst moments. In a sense, the call takers experience the emergency over the phone with the caller. 911 call takers rarely have a break between emergency calls, and they certainly don’t get to pick and choose which calls they will take next.

A tone goes off in their headset as they are tidying up from the previous call, and away they go. The information is live and fresh. It is raw emotion, not the settled down version an officer experiences once they arrive and the caller sees a physical uniform while the situation has had a few minutes to simmer.

Even in the most traumatic calls, the officers at the scene are afforded a certain amount of closure. You can physically piece together how things happened. A 911 call taker or dispatcher rarely- if ever, gets that closure. They put the call into the system and potentially spend the rest of their lives trying to fill in the blanks of what happened.

There is research that will show you that hearing traumatic events is just as heavy as being there. Think of hearing the gunshots, or beatings, or screams, and not having the ability to reach through the phone to help. Think of the number of suicides your 911 call takers have listened to while on the phone with a distraught caller. It’s the elephant in every room, and I can guarantee it is way more prevalent than you think.

The four walls.

When a cop handles a traumatic call such as a baby drowning, hopefully by now we know that it is okay to tell someone that it has affected you. There are a few choices. You can drive away once you clear the call and go sit behind the elementary school and cry your eyes out. You can call home.

You can drive around and listen to a funny podcast or loud music to try to distract you. You can even find your secret peaceful spot by the lake and pray, and hopefully find peace, not compartmentalization.

After a traumatic call, the emergency call taker has very limited choices. They can either stare at the four walls of the Communications Center, or look at the other employees, some of whom are already hardened and negative. That’s it. There is no leaving your seat in this environment.

I’m sure that most agencies across the nation have co-workers or supervisors who recognize when a call taker or dispatcher needs a break and has them walk it off for a bit. But let’s keep in mind that these Communications Centers are understaffed because of the high turnover rate.

There is also a high absentee rate, because when you think about it, why would you fight with your mind or body to come in for more punishment? Sick leave balances are usually used up as they accrued, and the employees are often shamed or guilted for using it.

From the management standpoint, staffing becomes a Rubik’s Cube, especially if you are hemorrhaging good employees.

The result is mandatory overtime for some centers. Their already overworked and underappreciated staff are now being told that they face disciplinary consequences (if not social consequences) for saying “no” to working extra shifts to cover the shortage.

Let’s face it, if one or two cops don’t show up for work due to illness or vacation, a commander can cross their fingers that nothing big happens, and the other officers can pick up the slack on the shift. This is not the case in a Communications environment. Someone must answer the emergency phone line.

Someone must handle the radio channel and run warrants checks. Sometimes it is the same person. Either way, there must be a physical human presence for that to happen. Vacations are cancelled, birthdays are missed, and much needed time outside of the four walls becomes a near-impossible task in some cases.

Twenty-four seven.

The communications area is obviously a 24/7/365 environment. When an administrator reads about the latest app or receives a grant for the fancy new camera system, the inclination is to have the communications center monitor it.

Afterall, they are there 24/7 anyway. This becomes intensive considering they are already spread very thin. Fear and intimidation of the upper echelons overshadow their ability to say “no” to their new task or app, since they are just “support people”. Something else to consider, each new app or program comes with its own alert tone or bell.

It may not seem like a big deal, but in an already multi-tasked environment of bells, tones, and rings, adding a new sound could easily add to the chaos. Imagine the app being so new that you don’t know how to shut off the alert tone, so it dings and chirps for twelve straight hours like a smoke detector with a dying battery.

Now imagine handling a 911 call with the same distraction.

It begs the question- are you giving the communications area the stake in the mission that it deserves. You demand a successful operation yet dictate how things are going to be in an area you may know very little about.

It’s a recipe for failure. If you do give an officer or a supervisor the task of overseeing the operation, at least have the courtesy to listen to what they are trying to tell you.

More valuable than you might think.

From Columbine and September 11th to Sandy Hook and the Parkland shooting. Add in the most recent shooting in Uvalde and other major disasters; you will see a common theme. A major flaw that is highlighted as a failure in the respective after-action reports is the communication. Think of how quickly the 911 call takers and dispatchers would be overwhelmed in an active shooter incident.

Now, think about the last time you included your Communications area in any training scenario or exercise (other than reserving or monitoring a radio channel for safety). Have you given them some sort of dynamic exercise or training to test their skills or capabilities?

Have you provided them with training or had them read the after-actions of major incidents? How do you recognize their shortfalls? Do you include them in your in-service training?

Suggestions anyone?

Here’s what I can say about my experience. Emergency Telecommunicators are often held to some very similar standards to the uniformed officers, including the actual uniform itself, which people don’t even see over the phone or radio.

They are two very different machines to try to optimize. The two worlds may look similar, but only because the cops assume the Communications personnel should be held to their standards. Officers are conditioned to take orders without question, including running into a burning building if need be.

Communications personnel are conditioned to question everything, no matter who you are. Get used to it. They are worlds apart from what makes them tick, and more importantly, what keeps them ticking. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Engagement is not only welcomed, but it should be mandatory. Give them a voice. Make them part of the decision-making process.
  • Give them dogs. Consider connecting with a local therapy dog training facility and have them visit. Frequently. You won’t believe the amount of sunshine those dogs produce.
  • Give them a quiet and dark space with comfortable furniture and soft music. It isn’t as counterproductive as you think. Soundproof it for the purposes of not hearing the chaos of the “floor”. A down room or a chapel area might give someone the solace they need to finish out their shift or even finish out their career.
  • Consider establishing a mentor program between senior officers and dispatchers, or senior dispatchers and newer ones if you’re concerned about overly friendly interactions. The functions of a mentor program include the transfer of job knowledge, job satisfaction (for both the mentor and the mentee), and most relevant in today’s environment- employee retention.
  • Review disciplinary cases and make sure they aren’t borne out of traumatic experiences. Thoroughly review the cases and make sure the supervisors aren’t being heavy handed. Keep in mind the different standards when deciding on punishment or rehabilitation.
  • Have a supervisor check on the call takers or dispatchers after a frightening or disturbing call. Get them relief. Don’t just check in the moment, follow up in a few days. Consider keeping a spreadsheet and see if the number of traumatic experiences matches the timing of behavioral or performance issues.
  • Open the doors to the religious community. Have local religious or spiritual leaders become part of the background. Let them wander around the non-secure areas. Give them privacy with employees who want to speak with them.
  • Make whatever mental health services you have abundantly clear. Guarantee them anonymity. Don’t punish people for coming forward. Traumatic stress is subjective, and not for anyone but a professional to determine. Everyone is built differently with different triggers.
  • Pay attention to the details of their environment. Something as simple as the fight for parking spaces can get complicated. Consider the fact that broken break room appliances or running out of cleaning supplies is more important in a 24/7 operation. We spent an entire holiday period without a kitchen because the water was shut off. It may seem like creature comfort to you, but remember- they can’t leave…

So, what are the answers?

I admit that I don’t know what the answers are. I’m hoping this sparks some conversations.

My research project is available to anyone who wants to read it. I used other research projects as references. I did a YouTube video that highlighted 10 things that I’ll bet some of you never thought of about the communications area. The video might be helpful to show your officers or command staff.

Ask yourself when the last time you sat down with your communications supervisors other than sending a pizza or a video of officers thanking them for National Telecommunicators Appreciation Week.

When was the last time you strategized keeping employees in the organization, or reviewed their training program or better yet- their burnt-out training officers? Do you conduct exit interviews? Do you provide the supervisors with proper leadership training? A conflict resolution course could be the ounce of prevention your center needs.

From my time on the front porch as a kid, until now, I give these true heroes the reverence they deserve. The salaries and pension percentages don’t match the tasks they perform, yet they feel so protective of all of us that they are slowly sacrificing their own health and well-being.

They certainly don’t belong in the clerical category like other civilian employees in your agency. Though they deserve and appreciate the fruit platter or the bagels, give them more of your time, show a willingness to learn, and give them some of your attention. You might find an alarming trend or a diamond in the rough.

Reyes: We’re facing the collapse of law enforcement in America. It will lead to the end of our country as we know it.

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On July 4, 1776, a group of patriots decided they had suffered enough at the hands of the British monarchy. On that date, at tremendous risk of their own personal safety and more so their very lives, they put quill to paper and signed the greatest document ever forged. A document that gave birth to the greatest country ever to grace the face of the earth—the United States of America.

Yet here we are, 245 years nearly to the day that document was signed, and we find our country at a crossroads. When you look at all the great dynasties in the history of the world, all of them eventually collapsed. The Roman Empire…the British Empire…they number many.

Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality.

With all of that in mind, it’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America.

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America.  And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

President Ronald Reagan probably put it best when he said, “ Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.” Prophetic words indeed.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t decide that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running Congress and the White House right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally. Since Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, we have seen our southern border over-run, not only from Mexican citizens but by people from all around the world, including some on terrorist watch lists.

Joe Biden assigned his vice president, Kamala Harris to oversee the border crisis, but in nearly three months since being given that assignment, Harris has not visited the border first-hand to see exactly what is going on—not once.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement. All across the country, from Minneapolis to Portland, Los Angeles through Chicago to New York, there is a literal war on police. Major cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York are seeing officers either retire early or outright leave. Morale in police departments across the country is in the toilet.

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

In the aftermath of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis a year ago, we have seen primarily Democrats across the country demanding defunding of police, taking away protections such as qualified immunity from officers, and emasculating police to the point where even when they are completely justified in using deadly physical force, neo-Marxist groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa take to the streets to cause death and destruction.

One of the demands from activists was that police officers be required to be issued body cameras, which many jurisdictions have done. Yet, when police are put in the position of having to use deadly physical force, what is shown on the body cameras is not believed, called edited footage. It’s a classic heads I win, tails you lose for law enforcement officers.

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations. Last year in the wake of the George Floyd death, we saw police chiefs kneeling on the ground with the very people who want them dead.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society.

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Since the beginning of  the coronavirus pandemic last year, we’ve seen draconian emergency orders put in place by power-hungry governors, with police officers being put in the position of having to be COVID cops or face discipline. We’ve seen videos of police officers arresting people at high school football games for not wearing a mask, breaking up groups of Hasidic Jews at a funeral in New York City and shutting down a gym in New Jersey for breaking COVID rules.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat.

In city after city across the country, we have seen George Soros-funded district attorneys such as George Gascon in Los Angeles, Kim Foxx in Chicago, Larry Krasner in Philadelphia and scores of others go light on criminals while going hard after police officers.

Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step six: Destroy our schools

Keep children out of school for over a year for in-person learning. Feed kids anti-American propaganda such as the 1619 Project which teaches America was founded on racist principles by a bunch of white racist men. Erase history and replace it with critical race theory, which teaches white children to hate themselves and believe they have special privilege because of their race. Go completely against Dr. Martin Luther King’s edict that skin color is more important than the content of one’s character.

Step seven: Destroy our military and intelligence agencies

Turn our military and intelligence agencies into indoctrination mills where sexual preference or sexual identity is considered to be of primary importance while the more important mission of looking at what those who seek to destroy us are doing and making sure that the primary focus of the military is on killing people and breaking things, now the sexual identity of a soldier’s parents.

Step eight: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy. Let the White House determine by executive order what is and what is not an “assault rifle.”

Step nine: Lose control of the truth to tech tyrants and mainstream media

Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Snapchat determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the Constitution if it’s done by private enterprise. Allow social media to have unfettered ability to censor content that they do not politically agree with or people who have an opinion that goes against the politically desirable narrative.

Step ten: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled, and their voices are shut down.

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

Take people who had legitimate concerns about last November’s election and who raised serious questions about events which made no sense and put them in the category of conspiracy theorists or worse yet, insurrectionists hell-bent on the destruction of the American way of life, which is absurd.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

Want to save America?  We need to start by understanding the enemy.  And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.

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