National Telecommunicator’s Week 2006 is April 10-16

Each year, the second week of April, this year April 10-16, is dedicated to the men and women who serve as Telecommunications Officers. Not many are aware of Congress’ Formal Proclamation in October 1991 to recognize this week as National Telecommunicator’s Week.

In 2007 the week honored is April  9-15.

Those who perform telecommunications duties serve as an indispensable link between the officers, the public, and vital support services in the Public Safety community. The communications operators who provide radio, telephone and computer services are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism. Too often the importance of telecommunications personnel goes unrecognized and their services are taken for granted.

They are the first point of contact with the public’s plea for assistance. One call may be just answering a question and the next call may be the most extreme emergency anyone could face. It takes a special type of person to remain calm when speaking to a screaming mother who’s child is sick, or to remain calm when a Police Officer is screaming for assistance.

Therefore, I offer my thanks and gratitude that they are there to answer the call.

If you happen to see a Communications Officer this week, thank them and let them know how they are appreciated for the job they do for our community. They are truly the first responder.

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