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Dispatchers’ questions ensure safety for all

Did you know that Boulder City is the largest city geographically in Nevada? Boulder City provides its own police, fire, paramedic, water, sewer, electricity and judicial services. City offices are open four days a week to serve all your regular needs and emergency services are here 24 hours of the day, seven days a week.

Boulder City dispatchers often work alone and frequently wish they could clone into additional people, many times each day, to meet all the needs of the city. Why do I share this information with you? The most important reason is to make you aware that when you are a witness to a situation, either by ear or by eye, so are many others. We have certain questions that we must ask in order to make sure you and the arriving officers and fire personnel remain safe.

If we are forced to put you on hold, please accept this apology in advance. Sometimes it is just a necessary part of having limited resources. We take all our calls seriously and want to give everyone the level of service that provides the best possible outcome.

Just a reminder for July 4: Safe and sane fireworks are allowed at home the day of the celebration only. No sparking, sizzling, smoking or exploding varieties will be allowed anywhere in city limits. The dry lake recreation area will remain closed to all types of use July 3-5.

June 11. Suspicious: A caller is alarmed that the male asleep on the lawn as the sprinklers are on is not moving at 7:19 a.m. in the 700 block of Nevada Way.

Traffic: A driver seems mystified by our concern over his being stopped in the travel lane while he adjusts his GPS at 10:50 a.m. in the area of Adams Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Drive.

Assist other jurisdiction: Officers relocate several times to coordinate medical, fire and helicopter personnel to assist Las Vegas Search and Rescue with a pair of lost hikers at 12:27 p.m. in the area of Buchanan and Adams boulevards.

Thought for the day: If you’re so asleep that sprinklers don’t wake you up, perhaps you should arrange for a designated driver the night before.

June 12. Suspicious: A caller reports a man taking a shower at the splash park at 10:09 a.m. in the 1600 block of Buchanan Boulevard.

Traffic enforcement: A caller believes there have been way too many cars in the area doing U-turns at 11:13 a.m. in the area of Blackburn Street and Lake Merritt Lane.

Juvenile disturbance: The reporting party states juveniles were throwing firecrackers at him and have run away at 10:38 p.m. in the 700 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Put on your patience hats folks; the fireworks endurance period seems to have commenced.

June 13. Animal: Officers receive a report of a dog that didn’t especially like the babysitter and now a bite report is in order at 11:26 a.m. in the 900 block of Adams Boulevard.

DUI: A driver follows an intoxicated driver all the way to the scene of the curb parking job at 8:32 p.m. in the 1600 block of Nevada Highway.

Theft: A caller reports a woman has been loitering and has committed larceny at 8:32 p.m. in the 800 block of Buchanan Boulevard.

Thought for the day: We don’t have to be everywhere; we have the (hands-free) cellular patrol.

June 14. Assist other: Assistance is requested from the National Park Service on a felony stop with a vehicle related to a shots-fired call at 8:53 a.m. in the area of the Nelson Road and U.S. Highway 95.

Animal: A woman reports being dive-bombed by mama bird as she was trying to exit the front door. She said the baby bird on the ground may be the reason at 9:29 a.m. in the area of 180 Ville Drive.

Assist: Hikers got disoriented and have used all their water and need help at 12:41 p.m. in the area of Graham Court at River Mountain Trail.

Thought for the day: The Park Service finds a stolen gun and drugs in the vehicle as well as the owner not knowing the vehicle was missing. Good catch.

June 15. See person: An extremely intoxicated and uncooperative man on the line wants to report another man stealing from him at 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Juvenile disturbance: A parent wants our assistance to make a child attend summer school so $200 does not get wasted at 6:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Elm Street.

Disturbance: A subject has a meltdown when it is determined there is an outstanding warrant at 7:56 a.m. in the 500 block of Avenue G.

Thought for the day: If you pay your fine, you won’t get a warrant.

June 16. Juvenile disturbance: Officers disrupt a juvenile party at 1:12 a.m. in 100 block of Temple Rock Road.

Welfare: A relative calls from another state after a call has not been returned in a timely manner. I believe they won’t do that again after their aunt calls back at 8:29 a.m. in the 1600 block of New Mexico Street.

Welfare: A caller is concerned because a driver dropped off a disabled person after their car broke down and the driver hasn’t come back for her in several hours at 1:22 p.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 93 and Ville Drive.

Thought for the day: Juveniles who have been disrupted at 1 a.m. can run pretty fast.

June 17. Shots fired: There is a report about shots in the area that turn out to be fireworks at 2:55 p.m. in the 700 block of Kendall Lane.

See person: A woman believes someone has somehow entered her home and has implanted devices preventing the refill of all medications she should be taking at 4:52 p.m. in the 1300 block of Wyoming Street.

Missing: A person wants to report that a friend the caller hasn’t seen in about a year is missing at 7:07 p.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Sometimes the medication is the first line of defense when investigating mysterious implanted devices.

Call(s) of the week: Kudos to a couple of our detectives who have been successful in the apprehension and arrest of two dangerous individuals involved in numerous burglaries in our area. Stolen property and weapons are now off the streets and will be returned to the rightful owners here and in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. in the 5000 block of Wabusca Way in Las Vegas.

Have a great week!

Tina Ransom is a dispatcher with Boulder City Police Department. She is coordinator of the Boulder City Citizen’s Academy.

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