999 dispatcher hangs up his radio after 18 years of service

Date published: 13 April 2019 18:37
Dated: 13 April 2019 19:27:29

A dispatcher who has played an integral part in ensuring our 999 officers get to emergencies across the county is leaving to pastures new after 18 years of service with the force.

Dispatcher Simon Simon Stead, who works in our control room at Atlas Court joined South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in 2000.

Our dispatchers are the vital link between 999 call takers and police officers attending emergencies, they ensure that officers have the necessary information given to them over their radios. They provide officers with locations, offender details, safety risks, and any other information they may need to keep themselves and the public safe.

Alongside Simon’s role in our control room, he has also worked over 300 sporting fixtures in our Silver suites. This role requires Simon to dispatch police officers, and be their eyes and ears, giving them oversight of CCTV, crowd monitoring and intelligence.

Today’s match (Saturday 13 April) between Sheffield United and Millwall FC is Simon’s last shift and to end his time with SYP he closed our silver suite and was thanked for his service by Superintendent Sarah Poolman and Superintendent Paul McCurry.

Simon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SYP, I have met some great people and worked with some amazing teams, some of which I will remain friends with for years to come.”

We recognise that everybody plays their part in keeping the people of South Yorkshire safe and we would like to thank Simon for his commitment and dedication in being part of that team and wish him well for the future.

Dispatcher Simon Stead with Superintendent Sarah Poolman, Superintendent Paul McCurry and colleagues in the Silver suite

Dispatcher Simon Stead with Superintendent Sarah Poolman, Superintendent Paul McCurry and colleagues in the Silver suite

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