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Friday 04/06/2012 3:27 PM - Proclamation recognizing county emergency dispatchers for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Contact: Aaron Nix, Commander
Phone: (805) 781-1423
Type of Incident: Proclamation recognizing county emergency dispatchers for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Date and Time of Incident: Tuesday, 04/10/12, 0900 hours
Place of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Chambers
Victim Information: N/a
Suspect Information: N/a
Details of News Release: Sheriff Ian Parkinson would like to invite the media to attend an award ceremony at the County Board of Supervisors Chambers on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. to recognize the daily efforts and commitment of the county's emergency dispatchers. County Supervisors will be reading and awarding a county proclamation recognizing emergency dispatchers in accordance with National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. The Sheriff and members of the department dispatch center will be in attendance, as will dispatch mascot Red E. Fox and representatives from the Cal Fire dispatch center. Each year, the second full week of April 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 (CA) 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.

Prepared By: anix
Released: Friday 04/06/2012 3:27 PM