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Hello, my name is Cathey Mathis. My husband is Pat Mathis, an investigator with the Shelbyville Police Department. I'm a 911 operator and dispatcher for Bedford County Communication Center. I have been on this job for since 1987, which was the organization of the center. Being a call taker, I only deal with the complainant or victim. When I dispatch a call to an officer I hardly ever know what happens after the officer has completed the call. When I heard the Shelbyville Police Department was going to start a Citizen's Police Academy, I knew I wanted to attend. I know when I take a call, such as, a domestic call I need to ask all the right questions for officer safety. The Police Academy has a ride along program where you can actually ride with and go on calls with the officers. Riding with the officers really made me realize how important it is for me to make sure I give them all the information pertaining to a call, such as, are there any type of weapons involved, how many people are involved, physical description, tag number if a vehicle is involved, and so on.

If you as a citizen of Shelbyville/Bedford would take the time to attend the Citizen's Police Academy, you would see how professional and caring our local officers are. These men and women put their lives on the line every day and night to protect and serve you and me.



Cathey Mathis