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Brenda Todd ... Dispatching help to those in need

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brenda Todd has worked at the Thayer Police Station as a dispatcher for 12 years. Until this year she was a reserve officer with the police department for 22 years. Photo by Jan Thompson
Reporter's note: This is the sixth article in a series of articles aimed at introducing the public to those who serve at the Thayer Police Department.

THAYER -- Brenda Todd has worked 12 years as a full time dispatcher for the Thayer Police Department. She and her husband Norman live in Thayer and have been married 40 years. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

As dispatcher, Todd wears many caps at the police department. She answers calls from anything to fires, wrecks, break-ins and altercations and dispatches officers to where they are needed.

She most usually works the day shift and serves as the police officer jailer during the day. "As jailer, I basically take care of the inmates. I fix their meals, make sure they are in jail uniforms and if they are on certain types of medication, I see they get them," she said.

Todd also does all the shopping for the police department, including buying the meals for the prisoners and making sure all the office supplies that are needed by the officers are at the department.

She also runs the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) computer at the police department.

Although she works mostly in the daytime, from time to time she is called out at night to deal with female prisoners.

Her job is often very busy and sometimes stressful. "It can also be rewarding. If you see someone who has had some trouble with the law and been jailed, and then see them straighten up and lead a successful life, that's a good feeling," she said.

She also served as a reserve officer for the police department for 22-years, just retiring from that position this year.

When not working, Todd enjoys camping and fishing, spending time with her family and enjoying their two dogs and cat.

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