The classic show Adam-12, like Jack Webb's other show Dragnet, was exactingly precise in its portrayal of the police, and of police procedure.
Shaaron Claridge, who played the dispatcher, was an actual police dispatcher.
I recall hearing (possibly on one of Nick at Nite's little vignettes) that the phrase "see the man", used in many of the calls to the officers, had a different, or more specific meaning than simply "a man called this issue in", but I can't find any references to it now. It might have meant that there was already on officer on the scene, but I may be making that up in my zeal to recall the answer.
Does this ring any bells for anyone? Might this be better placed in a group that deals with actual police procedure, perhaps?