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Gerald W. Boyd is the Communications Director for Baker County’s Consolidated 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.  Jerry Boyd is also concurrently the Deputy Chief of the Baker County Fire Authority and the Deputy Director of the Baker County Office of Homeland Security.  Jerry recently managed the complete remodeling and expansion of their 9-1-1 PSAP.


Gerald W. Boyd has been the Chief of Fire Company 50, Shasta County, CA Fire Department (1999-2003), the Chief of Police of the Martinez Police Department (California) (1991-1996) and the Chief of Police of Coronado Police Department (California) (1981-1991).  Jerry Boyd’s law enforcement career also includes working at the Irvine Police Department (California) as a police lieutenant and SWAT commander and with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as both a deputy sheriff and sergeant.


Jerry Boyd has designed, fabricated and staffed Mobile Incident Command Units for over 25 years. He is well versed in Tactical and Special Operations deployments. Considered an expert in the field of PSAP Management and Supervision, Jerry holds Basic through Management POST Certificates and is a popular Police and Fire Academy Instructor.  He has written five books, including three on emergency communications subjects and over three dozen articles in professional journals.  Among his books, he is the author of The Will to Live--Five Steps to Officer Survival and the co-author of Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher.


According to the book description of Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher, “After years of articles, web sites, and presentations, this is the first book to examine the concept of Incident Dispatch. The authors’ purpose is to provide basic, essential guidelines for establishing an Incident Dispatch program, how to function as an incident dispatcher, and how to manage an incident dispatch team in your agency or region. It is written from more than a decade of personal experience in IDT operations, management, and training, validated by the ongoing use of hundreds of incident dispatchers and their supporting public safety and communications agencies nationwide.”

According to one reader of Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher, “I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you and to give props to the fine folks involved in putting the Incident Dispatcher Guide Book together for all of us. For those of you who are not aware some very  knowledgeable folks have put this guide together for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher. This book is dedicated to all professional Public Safety Dispatchers, in particular, to those who have dedicated themselves to developing the Incident Dispatcher Program and who have devoted the effort it takes to become the "best of the best". Quickly this book covers, What Tactical Dispatching is and its history and the use. Selling the idea, training and criteria and duties and responsibilities. Equipment uses and maintenance, work environment, dealing with the media, and includes needed forms. I would highly suggest that anyone involved with IDT or Tactical Dispatching get a copy of this book. It only 15 bucks, and can be found on First Contact 911's website or here on [...]. Get it today, and don't be left in the dark.”

Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher
Jerry Boyd  More Info
The Will to Live--Five Steps to Officer Survival
Gerald W. Boyd  More Info

According to one reader of Incident Dispatcher: A Guide for the Professional Tactical and Incident Dispatcher, “Good work by two pros who have done the job and supported the dispatching personnel with equipment and training. Public safety communications all started with whistles, red and blue lights on PS buildings and batons tapping on the roadways to alert the police and fire of a problem. It progressed to radios, telephones and of course, sophisticated computers and digital processing. Regardless of the incident, the key person is still the dispatcher who takes the emergency call and gets the crews rolling - kind of a pivotal point in the whole response. Along the way, s/he has to stay alert and keep the field officers updated and notify other appropriate agencies. This is a good guide for training and a checklist to cover all the bases when the earth is shaking or the fires are raging. Being a retired cop, I liked it and would recommend it for straightforward training and updating for both communications and field personnel.”

About the Martinez Police Department

The Martinez Police Department (California) is organized into three primary entities: Administrative Services, Field Services/Patrol Division, and the investigations bureau. The Administrative Division is the support services unit of the Martinez Police Department. It is comprised of Dispatch, Investigations and Records. It also includes the School Resource Officer and Community Service Officer.


In the Field Services/Patrol Division, police officers work a 3/12 shift plan in a variety of patrol assignments. These assignments include K-9, traffic motorcycles, bicycle patrol, foot patrol and off-road motorcycles. Martinez police cars are equipped with two-way radios and mobile data computers which are linked to the Department’s Computer Aided Dispatch System. These state of the art communications systems allow officers to receive and respond to calls for service in a timely manner thereby enhancing public safety. The Patrol Division consists of one Commander, four Sergeants (watch commanders), four Corporals and 16 Officers.


The Martinez Police Department maintains a full service investigative bureau. This bureau is part of the Administration Division of the Martinez Police Department. Specific detectives are assigned certain crimes for which they are trained to investigate. Such as: Persons Crimes; Property Crimes; Juvenile Investigations; Narcotics; Computer Crimes / Identity Theft; Financial Crimes; and, Evidence / Property




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