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April 12-18: National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
4/9/2015 3:18:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Report Number:



Ventura County Sheriff's Communications Center

Date & Time:

April 12 ' April 18, 2015

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Communications Center




National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is April 12 ' 18, 2015, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office is honoring the public safety dispatchers who serve as the lifeline between people in need and vital law enforcement services. These public safety dispatchers have dedicated their careers to providing superior service to people who have a need for law enforcement assistance. In many cases, the dispatcher can make the difference between life and death. 

Each year, the public safety dispatchers and supervisors at the Ventura County Sheriff's Office handle more than 340,000 telephone calls, including 98,000 911 calls. Every day, hundreds of people depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the dispatchers who work in public safety communications. These team members help save countless lives by handling emergency telephone calls, dispatching law enforcement resources, and providing moral support to people in distress. 

Public safety dispatchers must undergo a rigorous testing and background process before being hired. After they have been hired, new dispatchers must attend the three-week Basic Dispatcher Course that is certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Typically, their training also includes four additional weeks of classroom training and between 6 ' 12 months of on-the-job training before the new dispatcher is allowed to work independently. Even then, almost 50% of the dispatchers hired are not able to successfully complete the training program, due to the demands of the job. 

Within the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, we are celebrating the valuable contributions that our public safety dispatchers make on a daily basis. We are incredibly fortunate to have such talented and dedicated professionals who work so hard to serve the public and the deputies. Please join us in thanking them for doing such an excellent job at fulfilling a critical role in public safety.


Prepared by:

Erin M. Brockus, Assistant Communications Manager


News Release Date:

April 9, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Erin M. Brockus, Assistant Communications Manager

(805) 654-5158



Approved by:

Captain Luis Obregon, Communications Manager



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