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Other Name
REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19960112070
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
11.7
Length
23
Width
22.5
Description
BLACK PLASTIC TABLE TELEPHONE WITH RECEIVER CONNECTED BY COILED CORD. SPEAKER PLATE COVERS USUAL DIAL SECTION; SILVER "MOTOROLA" PLATE ACROSS CENTRE. KNOB AT UPPER LEFT WITH "DISABLE/NORM" STAMPED BESIDE. KNOB AT BOTH SIDES OF BOTTOM TO CONTROL "P.L." AND "VOL.". RED LIGHT AT TOP RIGHT CORNER OF FRONT PLATE. "STROMBERG-CARLSON" EMBOSSED AT BACK OF TELEPHONE. BOTTOM PLATE HAS MAKER/MODEL PLATE, "209778 SPECIAL" STAMP, AND WARNING LABEL. BLACK RUBBER-COATED POWER CORD EXTENDS FROM BACK. COILED CORD REPAIRED WITH ELECTRICAL TAPE.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PHONE USED IN CONJUCTION WITH REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO, P19960112068 AND MICROPHONE, P19960112069. FOR MORE INFO ON THE RADIO, PLEASE SEE P19960112068 AND THE PERMANENT FILE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE DISPATCH EQUIPMENT’S OPERATION, SEE ASSOCIATED MOTOROLA REPEATER EQUIPMENT P19960112070. THE PHONE WAS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE 5TH AVENUE STATION IN THE DETECTIVES’ OFFICE. IT PROVIDED DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE MAIN DISPATCH RADIO AND COORDINATORS OF THE PATROL DIVISION IN THE CASE THAT INFORMATION HAD TO BE IMMEDIATELY AND CONVENIENTLY RELAYED TO POLICEMEN OUT ON PATROL. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112070
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
POLICE REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112068
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
21.4
Length
39.5
Width
30.7
Description
GREY STEEL DISPATCH RECEIVER. LIGHT GREY PAINTED FRONT PANEL WITH "MOTOROLA" PRINTED ALONG BOTTOM. GREY SPEAKER AT UPPER LEFT CORNER; BESIDE IS GRADUATED METER AND CLOCK SET AT "12:00". VOLUME KNOB IN BOTTOM LEFT CORNER. REVERSE IS OPEN, REVEALING FUSES, OUTLETS, AND MECHANICAL WORKINGS. HAS STICKER WITH "USE GENUINE MOTOROLA REPLACEMENT PARTS". BLACK POWER CORD EXTENDS FROM BACK RIGHT CORNER.
Subjects
ACOUSTICAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
REMOTE RADIO IS USED IN CONJUCTION WITH DISPATCH MICROPHONE, P19960112069 AND PHONE, P19960112070. SEE ALSO MOTOROLA REPEATER P19930061000. INFO BELOW WAS DEVELOPED FOR A POLICE EXHIBIT INSTALLED IN NOVEMBER 2007. DURING THE YEAR PRIOR, MUSEUM TECH KEVIN MACLEAN SPOKE TO NEARLY A DOZEN RETIRED AND SERVING OFFICERS IN ADDITION TO FORMER CIVILIAN DISPATCHER ANNE TODD AND CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE BILL STANTON. WRITTEN SOURCES INCLUDED THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ANNUAL POLICE CHEIF REPORTS AND THE BADGE AND THE BLOTTER. FOR AN IN DEPTH HISTORY OF THE RADIO, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. AMONG ALL THE TOOLS USED BY POLICE TO CONDUCT THEIR WORK, FEW ARE AS SIGNIFICANT AS THOSE CALLED UPON WHEN POLICE NEED TO COMMUNICATE. FROM THE 1920S UNTIL THE MID-60S, “BEAT” PATROL OFFICERS WERE DEPENDENT ON A HANDFUL OF STREET-BASED “SIGNAL LIGHTS” AS THEIR SOLE MEANS OF POLICE COMMUNICATION (REF. ARCHIVAL PHOTO P19800122010-GP). CONTROLLED BY A SWITCH PANEL IN THE POLICE STATION, THE RED AND GREEN SIGNAL LIGHTS COMMUNICATED AN ELABORATE CODE TO PATROLMEN ON THE CENTRAL (1ST TO 6TH AVENUES BETWEEN 5TH AND 9TH STREETS) AND WEST (1ST TO 6TH AVENUES WEST OF 5TH STREET) BEATS. DEPENDENT ON THE LIGHTS’ ILLUMINATED COLOUR(S) AND SOLID-LIT OR FLASHING STATE, POLICEMEN KNEW IF THEY OR OTHERS WERE TO IMMEDIATELY PHONE THE STATION FROM ANY NUMBER OF HOTELS OR 24-HR BUSINESSES. IN 1952, THE FORCE INSTALLED ITS FIRST 2-WAY RADIOS IN ITS THREE TRAFFIC PATROL VEHICLES. SEVEN YEARS LATER, A CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED TO ACQUIRE AND EVALUATE HANDHELD RADIOS AND, BY 1965, ALL MEMBERS, INCLUDING THOSE WALKING THE “BEATS”, HAD IMMEDIATE RADIO CONTACT WITH THE STATION. THIS SECOND GENERATION REMOTE RADIO UNIT (MOTOROLA) WAS ACQUIRED IN THE EARLY 60S AND FEATURED NEW SEMI-CONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY. FROM THE STATION, AUDIO SIGNALS WERE SENT OUT VIA LANDLINE TO A MOTOROLA TRANSMITTER/ RECEIVER LOCATED ON THE TOP OF THE LETHBRIDGE WATER TOWER ON MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE. FROM THERE, THE SIGNAL WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR TO VEHICLE-BASED OR HANDHELD 2-WAY RADIOS. ANN TODD WAS HIRED BY THE CITY POLICE FORCE IN 1962 AS A CLERK/ STENOGRAPHER. OVER THE YEARS, SHE OPERATED THE MOTOROLA RADIO (REF. PHOTO IN ARCHIVES COLLECTION), BUT WAS RESTRICTED TO ACKNOWLEDGING AND TRANSMITTING ONLY THE SIMPLEST OF MESSAGES. THE COMPLAINTS DESK CONSTABLE WAS THE PRIMARY USER OF THE RADIO, DISPATCHING CARS AND RECEIVING REPORTS. IN 1975/76, THE “RADIO ROOM” AND THE MOTOROLA RADIO WERE REPLACED BY A “COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE” WHICH, WAS SITUATED ACROSS THE HALL FROM THE COMPLAINTS DESK. NEW CENTRE EQUIPMENT INCLUDED A SWITCHBOARD, A REEL-TO-REEL INCOMING CALL RECORDER, A CANADIAN POLICE INFORMATION CENTRE (CPIC) COMPUTER AND A “DEAF PHONE” IN ADDITION TO MONITORING INTERNAL CCTV CAMERA MONITORS (REF. ARCHIVAL PHOTO COLLECTION). *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112068
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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