The St. Louis County Police Department will once again be participating in the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week will be observed around the United States during the week of April 8th through April 14th, 2018. The week honors the many telecommunications professionals who aid in providing 9-1-1 emergency assistance to citizens everywhere.
Many times every day, these telecommunicators make the difference between safety or danger, hope or fear, and even life or death. Unfortunately, many people do not consider the men and women whose voices are on the other line of the telephone, until they actually experience an emergency firsthand. These professionals answer emergency calls, dispatch first responders, and provide moral support to citizens in times of distress. This requires a great amount of calm and courage under pressure, with exceptional critical decision-making skills.
“The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Communications is the first of only two Communications Centers awarded the CALEA Tri-Arc Accreditation in the State of Missouri. It is truly a testament to how exceptional these professionals are in the performance of their duties,” Colonel Jon M. Belmar, Chief of Police said. “It is a pleasure to recognize the women and men who serve as a potential lifeline to all of us during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.”