National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week proclaimed April 9-15

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Joining Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard, left, and Dallas County Sheriff’s office Communication Director Terry McClannahan, right, in celebrating Tuesday’s proclamation of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Dallas County were DCSO Dispatchers, from left, Jeremiah Menshall, a 19-year veteran, Breanna Barber, a 1-year dispatcher, and Jill Johansen, who has dispatched for 11 years.

The Dallas County Supervisors signed a proclamation Tuesday marking the annual recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW).

NPSTW is held every year during the second week of April and is intended as a chance to recognize the public safety community’s telecommunications personnel — commonly called dispatchers — for their service and commitment to the profession.



“The week highlights a profession that demands unique professional skills and personal attributes of people willing to make sacrifices like working weekends, split shifts and holidays, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard told the supervisors.

Leonard was joined at Tuesday’s signing ceremony by DCSO Communication Director Terry McClannahan and three DCSO Dispatchers, Jeremiah Menshall, a 19-year veteran, Breanna Barber, a 1-year dispatcher, and Jill Johansen, who has dispatched for 11 years.

Kim Chapman, chair of the Dallas County Supervisors, signed the following proclamation:

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 9-15, 2017

Whereas emergencies can occur at any time that require police, fire or emergency medical services; and,

Whereas when an emergency occurs the prompt response of police officers, firefighters and paramedics is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property; and,

Whereas the safety of our police officers and firefighters is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone the Dallas County Sheriff communications center; and,

Whereas 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services; and,

Whereas 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators are the single vital link for our police officers and firefighters by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them information and insuring their safety; and,

Whereas Public Safety Telecommunicators of the Dallas County Sheriff Communications Division have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and treatment of patients; and,

Whereas each dispatcher has exhibited compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their job in the past year;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Dallas County Board of Supervisors declares the week of April 9 through 15, 2017, to be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Dallas County in honor of the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our city and citizens safe.

Taking part in Tuesday’s proclamation of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Dallas County were, from left, Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard, Dallas County Supervisor Mark Hanson, DCSO Communication Director Terry McClannahan, DCSO Dispatcher Jeremiah Menshall, DCSO Dispatcher Breanna Barber, Dallas County Supervisors’ Chair Kim Chapman, DCSO Dispatcher Jill Johansen and Dallas County Supervisor Brad Golightly.

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