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11-99: Officer Needs Help 

A new dispatcher is having trouble handling calls. The CHP try out a new device that sends out an emergency signal when an officer is down.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Frank Poncherello
Officer Jon Baker
Sgt. Joseph Getraer
Katherine Moffat ...
Kathie Lark (as Kitty Ruth Moffat)
Rod Sullivan
Chad Sullivan
Paul Linke ...
Officer Arthur Grossman
Harlan Arliss
Brodie Greer ...
Officer Barry Baricza
Officer Jebediah Turner
John Davey ...
Communications Sergeant
Dorothy Dells ...


A new dispatcher is having trouble handling calls. The CHP try out a new device that sends out an emergency signal when an officer is down.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 January 1981 (USA)  »

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When the mattress truck crashes, only two or three mattresses fall forward, and they're not arranged in a pattern. However, when Ponch falls off his bike onto the mattresses, there are more than six of them, and they are in a basically perfect grid. See more »

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A New Equipment
3 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 11-99: Officer Needs Help,a new system is put in use to send back-up faster to help CHP officers that are down and injured. While testing it, the officers also track down thieves that are stealing delivery trucks from loading docks hoping to sell the merchandise.

When someone steals a delivery van, a rotten dispatcher sputters out the call. Ponch and Jon spot the van and chase it until they have to stop to assist with an overturned mattress truck. Later, Ponch and Jon investigate the stolen van and find out it's carrying dangerous chemicals. When Ponch and Jon find a Crafter van that went off the road, Ponch pulls out the driver just before it explodes. The chemical reacted with the floor of the van and created an explosive gas.

Meanwhile, Grossie stops a Crafter van looking for dangerous chemicals. After inspecting it, he chases a dog off the highway and falls over trying to catch it. When he falls, the transmitter sends out Grossie's emergency signal. Sarge, Bonnie, the LAPD, Ponch, Jon, Baricza, and Turner all show up to Grossie's rescue.

After the next day's briefing, Jon and Ponch split up to follow a suspect. After losing the car for a while, Jon finds out they went to a warehouse. When the van thieves inside spot Jon, they bust out and knock over Jon. His emergency transmitter is set off.

Jon gets up and is alright. After investigating the warehouse, a citizen report locates the stolen van. Ponch and Jon manage to locate it near an abandoned ship. Baricza shows up to help. While the three officers search the ship for the suspect, Baricza gets trapped in the engine room. Jon catches one as he tries to escape in the Crafter van. Just after they both jump out, the van explodes.

In this episode,we see our heroes become technologically savvy as they use a new equipment in order to help them solve a case and capture law offenders.

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