April 18, 2016 - The 2016 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was April 10th through April 16th.
The Center Police Department's Auxiliary showed appreciation for their dispatchers with lunch and gift bags on Wednesday, April 13th. Dispatchers enjoyed a pizza and cake party. The gift bags were 'survival kits' filled with items dispatchers often need including pen, notepad, water bottle and koozie, Kleenex tissues, and candy for energy.
The dispatchers who were recognized for their job and given bags were Amy Lindley, Karen Shields, Tiffany Ryals, Bailey Lee, Jolene Tindol, Donna Duggar (Communications Supervisor), Daniel Williamson, Jennifer Stroud, Deanne Evans, and Brittany Pridgen.
A line often associated with dispatchers is 'helping save lives one call at a time.' Dispatchers answer calls for 9-1-1, are the central connection to officers in the field, records activities logs, answer non-emergency calls as well as a host of other duties. They perform their job with calmness in the storm. They have to remain calm for those calling in with an emergency and for officers dealing with dangerous situations in the field all the while waiting patiently at their station until the situation is resolved. Dispatchers are the unseen hero behind the scene.
The Center PD Auxiliary says thank you for being the heart behind the thin blue line and the thin red line.
Lisa Albers, Auxiliary member, asks everyone to remember when you make that call…. they are more than a voice.