A few months ago the word “whale” came up during a call and it became a challenge to see if I could work it into the conversation with a suspect. Mission accomplished that night with a good laugh and an inside joke between me and another cop.
Another time the word “ball” came up on a call in a weird way by the driver of a crashed car. That night I was able to say ball in almost every other sentence while trying to keep a straight face. It’s a long story, but a good one for another time. It’s also another inside joke between me and the same cop.
On Thursday night, I was dispatched to a four-car injury traffic collision. A civilian report writer arrived on scene first and cancelled the fire department.
She next advised over the radio that the crash was a 902T (non-injury) instead of a 901T(injury). She added a little humor by saying, “It’s a crazy 902T.”
I never heard the phrase “crazy 902T” before, so I decided to have a little fun with it. I picked up the mic and said, “Confirming it’s a crazy 902T?”
“Affirm,” replied the dispatcher.
My computer beeped as a I got a message from MM, the cop with the inside “whale” and “ball” jokes. Her message gave me an idea.
I replied back, “Let’s see how many times I can say crazy 902T on the radio.”
I also typed to the dispatcher and said I was going to try and say “crazy 902T” on the radio when I went on scene.
When I arrived, I saw one car with front end damage disabled in the street. The other car struck two parked cars after the initial impact and was also disabled in the road.
“729, all eastbound lanes are closed and we’re going to have a sig-alert for the next hour for a crazy 902T.”
“10-4,” replied the dispatcher.
“729, I’ll need two 926s (tow trucks) for a crazy 902T.”
Two times. Maybe I could say it one more time.
I started talking with one of the drivers and decided the paramedics needed to respond. I keyed the mic and asked for the fire department. I next wanted to change the status of the call from non-injury to injury. What better way to do that by saying “crazy 902T” again.
“729, this is no longer a crazy 902T. It’s a 901T light.”