are we? What do we do?
Kings County Sheriff's Department Communications Division
consists of one Communications Manager, One Training
Officer, five Senior Dispatchers, and ten dispatchers.
The Communications Division provides law enforcement
dispatching services for the County of Kings, Animal
Control, Probation Department, City of Lemoore, and
the City of Avenal. The Communications Division also
provides fire dispatching services to the Kings County
Fire Department, City of Lemoore, City of Corcoran,
and the City of Avenal.
Communications Division receives and dispatches 9-1-1 calls
to include medical emergencies. After business hours, Communications
answers calls for various emergency agencies, such as Child
Protective Services, and Environmental Health.
should I call 9-1-1?
9-1-1 is the universal 3 digit telephone number adopted
nationwide to summon assistance to any emergency situation:
Fire, Medical Emergencies, Crimes in Progress.
9-1-1 be called from a pay phone?
Yes, no coin is needed to call 9-1-1.
false calls be traced?
Yes, it is against the law to make a false report. The line
can be "locked onto" and traced.
not just dial "O" for the Operator?
Telephone operators are not specifically trained to quickly
recognize jurisdictional boundaries, such as fire districts.
The telephone company is more automated with fewer operators.
do dispatchers ask so many questions?
This question is asked many times. If the questions seem
excessive, please remember help is already on the way and
the questions are to confirm all the help necessary can
be notified. Also, the dispatcher is always concerned with
officer safety. By getting answers to key questions, the
dispatcher is able to communicate to the officer what he
or she is responding to