Thanks to the Home Depot in Tampa, Fla., the Tampa Police Department first line of contact –its police dispatchers– now have some new digs to add to their facility.
The local Home Depot donated a set of garden furniture pieces and planted trees for the over-worked, highly-imperative, duly-stressed police dispatchers upon which to decompress and relax, as duty allows, at the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The often unrecognized and seldom seen faces of police dispatchers lend credence to the demanding aspects endured by these individuals staffing and answering the contact lines of 9-1-1.
Myriad emergencies arrive daily, information is elicited, appropriate assignments are rendered, all based on the police dispatchers ability to facilitate the help the public requests. Often instantaneously, a police dispatcher must account for numerous factors in deciding how much cavalry to send.
Exponentially, each police dispatcher is trained to handle as best possible the rigors, the constancy, and the enormity of stress thrust into their minds via telephone lines and police frequencies.
Moreover, police dispatchers are in a position to garner finite details –often with hysterical callers– in efforts to furnish as clear a picture as possible to police officers responding from the streets of Tampa.
Thus at the end of an entire shift for a police dispatcher, one can easily imagine the accumulation of stress and tension stemming from the chaos and crises of others. Yes, it is often deemed a calling and a personal choice.
No, it does not pay huge salaries to be a police dispatcher. It does, however, require a uniquely qualified, special type of person to be able to endure the magnitude of society’s woes, back to back, via telephone lines from faceless individuals.
With that said, the human components of physiology take quite a hit. Nerves easily become frayed. Tempers are challenged. Patience is often forfeited by the sheer nature of the job and its inherent demands and superlative expectations.
So, why not accord the most comfort imaginable for these unsung heroes?
A Tampa-area business answered this very question.
The Home Depot in Tampa, Fla., did just that: A Home Depot crew donated and delivered a complete set of garden furniture and plants upon Tampa Police Department property so that its dispatchers can take breaks in rest-assured, aesthetically-pleasing, solitary comfort.
The community support for its police department remains vital to the very core of mutual successes, in any community, for that matter. It is this latest example from which we witness a Tampa-area business extending itself in recognition to vital elements of public safety and security.
Akin to clown fishes harboring in and among anemones, symbiosis has inherent benefits. Harmony and unity can prevail as a common staple among societies.
Working together has long been a endemic component among any law enforcement entity and its constituency.
The Home Depot in Tampa is the latest attestation to this very fact.
As a year-round police operation responsible for a population of 347,645 residents, whose jurisdiction landmass covers roughly 113.41 square miles, it is supportive and mutually-behooving to accord the Tampa Police Department’s functional setup as best possible.
The Tampa Police Department has a sworn strength of approximately 1,100 police officers and, in addition to its metropolis population, is charged with safeguarding (and responding to calls for service of) roughly 38,665 businesses in its jurisdiction.
Dividends are inevitable with community support mechanisms.
The latest exemplification is that provided by the Tampa-area Home Depot team in recognition of giving back to the police service they rely on for omnipresent protection and professional service.
As the newly-planted garden’s commemorative gesture is concerned, the Tampa police dispatchers hold dear a particular small concrete-cut cubicle (of sorts) where Tampa police dispatcher Deanna Mendoza, 34, often sat on breaks from the 9-1-1 console.
Deanna was an avid user of the concrete cubicle outside the facade of the EOC, justifiably, given one of her police duties was to train newly-hired police dispatchers, a challenge not commonly espoused as easy by those in the industry.
Sadly, Deanna was murdered by her estranged husband in January 24, 2013. Deanna’s murderer, Pedro Mendoza, 42, took his own life in the same domestic violence-related incident.
Now, Deanna’s colleagues can relax in the new garden area, reminisce about all the comforting moments and genuine guidance Deanna provided her co-workers, and hold it as a shrine in honor of her selfless contributions to the City of Tampa, Fla.
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