April 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- In times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, Sheriff's Department dispatchers are always ready to respond to the call for help. They work under stressful conditions, yet must think clearly and send help to people in need of emergency services.
In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the County Board of Supervisors recognized these unsung heroes with a proclamation commending Sheriff’s Department dispatchers for outstanding service, leadership and commitment to keeping our communities safe.
Sheriff Bill Gore accepted the proclamation on April 12 on behalf of the 96 dispatchers at the Sheriff’s Communications Center. Dispatchers nearly a year of classroom and on-the-job training in addition to monthly trainings. They handle 1,600 calls per day and use complex communications equipment to keep the system running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.