Operational Communication Centres (OCC)
Every day, hundreds of British Columbians dial 9-1-1 for assistance. At the receiving end of those calls, is a team of highly skilled and professional RCMP dispatchers who are a critical link between the community and police. The RCMP operates one Federal and six Provincial Operational Communication Centres (OCC) throughout BC. Some of the Provincial Centres act as the central answering point for 9-1-1 calls which originate in RCMP jurisdictions.
Police Dispatchers are vital to police officer safety. Behind every Police Officer is a team of communication specialists who keep police informed, ensure they are safe, and send support when needed. A Police Dispatcher:
- Determine the nature of each call,
- In areas where they are the central answering point for 911, they will relay medical calls to the British Columbia Ambulance Service, and fire calls to local fire services.
- Maintain responsibility for police related calls, and the subsequent coordination and deployment of RCMP resources, including front line police officers, and more specialized RCMP Units.
Learn more about the appropriate useage of 9-1-1.
Interested in a career in the OCC? Learn more on OCC's.
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