A Rose By Any Other Name

Why “415whisperer?”

First, I work for a small public safety department, dispatching police and fire to emergency (and routine) calls. (Whether it’s a fight, fire, medical, assistance or any other type of situation, we call them calls or events.)

Second, from the California Penal Code:

415.  Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment
in the county jail for a period of not more than 90 days, a fine of
not more than four hundred dollars ($400), or both such imprisonment
and fine:
(1) Any person who unlawfully fights in a public place or
challenges another person in a public place to fight.
(2) Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another
person by loud and unreasonable noise.
(3) Any person who uses offensive words in a public place which
are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.

(We won’t even talk about what an awkward sentence that is.)

Thus anyone causing any kind of disturbance in this fine state is said to be in a “4-15″ or causing a “4-15″ (pronounced “four-fifteen”).

Third, I am an inherently calm person, with a soothing calm voice. My voice is so calm, regardless of what’s going on, that I’ve won an award from my department for my work during one particularly busy Independence Day shift:

“Dispatcher Kositzin’s shift spanned the work periods of three different Patrol supervisors who each, separately and independently, commended Dispatcher Kositzin’s efficiency and alacrity in dispatching calls and responding to officers’ requests from the field. Each of the three supervisors made a special point to credit Dispatcher Kositzin’s calm voice on the radio, calling it a ‘contagious calm’ that helped keep the stress levels as low as possible for everyone on the channel.”

As “whisperer” is a term to describe an expert in one’s field (dog whisperer, horse whisperer, Ghost Whisperer — love that show by the way), I am a 4-15 whisperer, using my calm voice to diffuse the stress an officer may otherwise feel when responding to a call.

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In other news, I’m off to a Tastefully Simple conference in Minneapolis for the rest of the week/weekend. Stay safe out there.