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    LOL @ Betheny. It took ten years but we finally got a partner in dispatch so we're free to pee at will! Taxpayer money so we work on a skeleton crew.

    And yeah, a giant FU to the men who try to ruin our lives! lol

    Ami .. you're right but I don't want to give it up. I'm still good at it ... just can't do the 12's anymore. I ended up even asking my 84yr old father for advice .. that's a first he's responded because he's never been full of guidance! He said if I love the dispatcher job, I should stick with it.

    Decisions.

    I know this sounds totally ridiculous ... but it's hard to get a good dispatcher. It's multi-tasking and takes years before you anticipate moves before they happen and know all the resources at your fingertips. We got one good one out of five hired when I went off sick.

    Unless I find something to work from home at in the evenings. A transcription service or something ... or even a weekend part-time job for a while. When I was in my twenties, I worked two part-time jobs and went to school. I'm forty now though, lol.
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    Maybe seeing this in print helped me ... I just fired off an email that I'd like to discuss whether I'll be taking all my vacation/stat time with me.

    If so, that could be a deciding factor. Home every night sounds awfully good and they have already said I could be flexible with my hours.

    Not to mention it's difficult to have a social life with shift work. I'm scheduled for nights in the new year.

    Me - a sexetary. Kidding! The idea of not wearing a uniform is effing brilliant as well. Burning my golf shirts!
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    My last training session ... try to ignore my annoying voice! Sorry about the sucky video too .. first time filming on my iphone at the time.

    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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    Now I'm not the smartest person in the world, but if I were the criminal, I would make sure that the van door was closed! LOL

    Your voice wasn't annoying at all.

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    Lynnifer, don't you think the stress you would be saved from would help you in the healht department?

    And you got a nice police force up there. Shit our police force would of kicked the guy in the head a few times first before handcuffing him. That's whats wrong with socialist country's. Shit I bet they gave him a warm shower and a hot meal when they booked him in. lol!

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    My advice would be pick quality of life over money every time.

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    I'm undecided in what to advise you. (that sounds like I am so important!)

    One side is that you might miss dispatching because it has been such a big part of your life and something you are excellent at. It is a big part of your identity.
    It might be annoying to be compared to the old secretary and the loss of some income is a sting.

    On the other hand having "normal" hours is a huge factor for so many reasons.
    Better for your health and your social life. (hint hint-your expanding social life)

    Personally, I'd probably go for the change. Either way it is great they have been so accommodating.
    Lastly-Get David out of your vocabulary and screw him when it comes to any decisions.

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    The dispatchers were training that day with the next jurisdiction so those weren't our officers ... and they wouldn't let me fire a gun at the range ... they just didn't know me well enough! LOL

    The 'suspect' was another officer/dog-handler and was wearing protection but he said it still hurts - lol. Just a training exercise.

    Gawd I would miss that stuff, ya know? I'm always on the other end coordinating/calling and supporting ... kinda nice to see a scene once in a while (provincial standards dictate we have so many training hours per year ... I had just spent four boring hours trying to stay awake and chatting up the officer I had just met beside me in the classroom, lol - married, two kids). Those dog handlers can talk but they wanted to explain what's available and how to act around the dogs ... their reward? They get to bite someone - they are vicious.

    It would be hard for me to be just outside of that room and not do anything ... Bill C135 (an employee protection bill) now has a locked door on the dispatch office so I wouldn't be able to hear it either.

    It's less money for more work ... as well as normal working hours. So tough to decide!

    I would lose all my national computer access as well ... unless they give me the total job of police clearances which could happen ... but it's nice having access to nationwide criminal files, US info and the driver's information and also nice to keep up on that software ... nice to have access to Canada-wide police reports. I freaking won't miss fire calls! I seem to be competent enough at them (don't get complaints and never written up) but fires are unpredictable and people NEVER know where they are - "Old man Johnson's farm!" Hate fire calls. When the younger employees have a question about how to input something on our computer system, I 99% of the time have the answers ... I would lose that the longer I'm out.

    I like the exciting calls ... we are well trained and it comes naturally. I always say falling paralyzed in less than 30 seconds at age 12 pales in comparison to anything else ... so I never stress. I mask it with sarcasm or jokes afterwards and diffuse it with a co-worker. That's why I'm good at this.

    When one of the staff sergeants said I should come to days and liven up the place, he retires in less than two years. He was my sergeant on my platoon for a long time and we get along great. I said, "I'd probably be dragged into your office and told to pipe down - you know me!" He gave me a sideways glance and said, "Yeah, probably," and then laughed. pfffft
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    Quote Originally Posted by t8burst View Post
    My advice would be pick quality of life over money every time.
    totally agree... if feasible.

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    This is a tough one.... My gut initially was that you should stay with what you love, but I think you see the writing on the walls. You need to look at the whole package - which foremost includes doing what is best for your health and life. A regular schedule is so important as you get older.

    I also suspect that you will quickly form a tight group of colleagues and friends and thrive in your new position. You will. I know it. If the personal connection with helping people is very important to you, I hope you will start volunteering in the future once your life is stable again.

    And time to just be a bit more frugal. Drive that Honda into the ground, for example, for at least another 5-10 years. You have a good car - pay for maintenance and keep it going. Much cheaper then car payments. And never buy new...

    You'll make it work.

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