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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Friday, April 12, 2013

The week of April 14 through 20, 2013 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Communications 911 Center is recognizing our dedicated public safety professionals.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office in 1981 and was observed only at that agency for three years. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) became involved in the mid-1980s.

By the early 1990s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Res. 284 to create "National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week." According to Congressional procedure, it was introduced twice more in 1993 and 1994, and then became permanent, without the need for yearly introduction.

The official name of the week when originally introduced in Congress in 1991 was "National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week." In the intervening years, it has become known by several other names, including "National Public-Safety Telecommunications Week" and "International Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week." The Congressional resolution also stated there were more than "500,000 telecommunications specialists," although other estimates put the number of dispatchers at just over 200,000. The Congressional figure may include support personnel and perhaps even those in the commercial sector of public safety communications.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize the dedication and determination of our 911 Operators, Dispatchers, Shift Supervisors and Administrative Staff for their commitment in serving the citizens of Lee County. Processing over one million calls a year, the communications staff is dedicated to making a difference one call at a time.

Sheriff Scott stated"Communication is the most critical component in life and our Call Takers and Dispatchers are the lifeline for law enforcement and the citizens we serve. We are proud of them this week and every day of the year!"

Media inquiries are directed to the LCSO Public Information Office at (239) 477-1340.