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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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Other Name
SONY DICTATOR
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P19980048080
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SONY DICTATOR
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
3
Height
6.1
Length
30.5
Width
14.2
Description
RECORDER IS BEIGE WITH THE I.D. NUMBER BM-720 NEAR THE TOP BY THE SPEAKER. THE FRONT CONTROL PANEL IS MOSTLY BLACK AND HAS "ERASE", "REW", "STOP", AND "FF" SWITCH OPERATED CONTROLS. "ERASE" IS RED, WHILE THE REST ARE GREY. A WHEEL OPERATED TONE AND VOLUME CONTROL ARE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PANEL IMMEDIATELY UNDER A "SONY" ID PANEL. THE EJECT BUTTON WHICH IS ABOVE "SONY" REMOVES THE MICRO CASSETTE WHICH IS STORED INSIDE. ATTACHED TO THE MAIN MACHINE IS WHAT APPEARS TO BE A FOOT OPERATED PEDAL WITH A SMALL "SONY" PLAQUE IN THE UPPER MIDDLE. "MADE IN JAPAN" IS AT THE BOTTOM. THIS DEVICE CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE RECORDER EASILY, WHEN REMOVED A SMALL 12 PRONGED ATTACHMENT IS SEEN WITH THE WORD "SONY" AT END. A THREE PRONGED ELECTRIC PLUG EXTENDS FROM THE ACTUAL RECORDING DEVICE.
Subjects
ACOUSTICAL T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
USED IN CITY HALL DURING MAYOR CARPENTERS TIME IN OFFICE (1986 - 2001).
Catalogue Number
P19980048080
Acquisition Date
2002-02
Collection
Museum
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