April 11–17, 2010, is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation to set aside a special week to honor the professionals who provide communications during emergency situations. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Resolution 284 to create National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, and it was officially recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1994.
Our Salt River Police Department (SRPD) public safety dispatchers, as you know, are on duty 24 hours a day and are the Community’s “lifelines” for all emergencies. In fact, our Public Safety Communications Division (PSCD) staff receives about 150,000 telephone calls each year, dispatching police and fire personnel to all calls for service.
But you don’t need a special week to honor our dispatchers for their excellence! You can write them a commendation, mention their good work to their supervisor, or stop by and thank them for being our communications lifeline 24 hours a day!
Thank you, Public Safety Communications Division staff, for your dedication and teamwork!