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  •  Absolutely, it is quite common (6+ / 0-)

    for a 911 operator to give instructions. If it involves a potential crime, they will commonly tell the caller not to get directly involved, police are on the way.

    They'll give medical instructions- from basic first aid to telling people to perform CPR while they wait for EMS to arrive. They'll even walk you through delivering a baby in an emergency.

    •  According... (0+ / 0-) the sworn testimony of the very dispatcher who made the "we don't need you do that" comment, it was not an order because dispatchers are not allowed to give orders in their jobs. I would assume policies and training for dispatchers would vary area by area (and, maybe, even by "emergency" vs. "non-emergency" calls -- of which this was the latter).

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