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adrian.middleton

Emergency Button Use - Examples please

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adrian.middleton

Hi all.  I'm curious about how and when the police Emergency Assistance buttons are used.  What kind of situations may call for it?  And I'm assuming that in terms of response teams / patrols, they are normally done in pairs, so I'm guessing use of the button would mean something pretty hairy right?

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SW_matt

single crewing is completely normal on response teams. The buttons can be used for all sorts, when an officer (s) are being attacked, when fighting with someone and its not safe to use a hand to press the PTT, to cut across other transmitting when something needs to be said urgently. Basically a button press gets the entire shift towards you when it hits the fan. Without doubt one of the worst sounds in the world.

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adrian.middleton

single crewing is completely normal on response teams. The buttons can be used for all sorts, when an officer (s) are being attacked, when fighting with someone and its not safe to use a hand to press the PTT, to cut across other transmitting when something needs to be said urgently. Basically a button press gets the entire shift towards you when it hits the fan. Without doubt one of the worst sounds in the world.

Thanks for that.  Have you ever had to use it yourself?  And as an SC, do you get to patrol on your own or do you have to be with a regular?

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SW_matt

I haven't pressed it myself yet, the closest I have come was fighting with a male in an upstairs bedroom , someone was giving the longest update in the world over the air and the first button I found was the urgent call back (which makes the control room clear the air themselves) as my radio was twisted, although I had every intention of pressing it.

 

Previously I hadn't as I was still being tutored. I'm now independent and can work on my own.

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Sentinel

We have issues with ours where comms can talk over it so if they aren't paying attention then everyone misses the initial request for assistance. We also have issues with it changing channels when you press it which isn't the best when you're on the floor rolling around with someone (as I was).

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SimonT

I generally forget i have one when im on the ground fighting. Wish i didnt.

We have an issue of people using them when they cant get in, as it cuts everyone out. So if they have a runner etc they press it. Which is hardly the point. But, often when you call runners there is a 20 minute conversation by comms and everyone else about whatever they can think off to stop you talking. 

 

And when you press it you want comms to immediately map your set and send people there. But it seems to be the last thing they consider, after chatting away. 

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adrian.middleton

We have issues with ours where comms can talk over it so if they aren't paying attention then everyone misses the initial request for assistance. We also have issues with it changing channels when you press it which isn't the best when you're on the floor rolling around with someone (as I was).

 

I generally forget i have one when im on the ground fighting. Wish i didnt.

We have an issue of people using them when they cant get in, as it cuts everyone out. So if they have a runner etc they press it. Which is hardly the point. But, often when you call runners there is a 20 minute conversation by comms and everyone else about whatever they can think off to stop you talking. 

 

And when you press it you want comms to immediately map your set and send people there. But it seems to be the last thing they consider, after chatting away. 

To both those comments, that actually sounds much more annoying than useful then!  I thought it was a lot simpler and realiable than all that.  Comments I got from a PC at A&S raves about the system...

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Scot

Personally wouldn't dream of pressing my panic button for a foot pursuit. We have immediate call back function which does equally a good job. 

 

The emergency button is exactly that, for an emergency. It's use shouldn't be diluted for situations where comms are talking over you and someone is saying nasty things. Which means when you do press it, it really is hands on deck and everyone get there ASAP. 

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SW_matt

Personally wouldn't dream of pressing my panic button for a foot pursuit. We have immediate call back function which does equally a good job. 

 

The emergency button is exactly that, for an emergency. It's use shouldn't be diluted for situations where comms are talking over you and someone is saying nasty things. Which means when you do press it, it really is hands on deck and everyone get there 

UCB is impossible to press wearing gloves though.

 

with regards to mapping if you have been updating the control room as to when you are state 6 etc then it shouldn't be an issue

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Personally wouldn't dream of pressing my panic button for a foot pursuit. We have immediate call back function which does equally a good job. 

 

The emergency button is exactly that, for an emergency. It's use shouldn't be diluted for situations where comms are talking over you and someone is saying nasty things. Which means when you do press it, it really is hands on deck and everyone get there ASAP. 

 

How do you use that feature?

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Marty McFly

How do you use that feature?

It's different for different forces and radios, in my old force it was press and hold a specific number on the keypad.

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Sir Penguin

It's different for different forces and radios, in my old force it was press and hold a specific number on the keypad.

 

Ah I see. It wasn't mentioned in training nor have I heard anyone speak about it.

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Sentinel

It's different for different forces and radios, in my old force it was press and hold a specific number on the keypad.

 

I think the term was meant to be "code 0" which is urgent call, we use 0 but it doesn't work half the time.

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Scot

It's different for different forces and radios, in my old force it was press and hold a specific number on the keypad.

 

A call back is a different function from an emergency call back. ECB function was above the main button on the side.

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