Monday, April 15, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013
CLAY COUNTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK
The CCSO is celebrating the week of April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance.
There are countless examples of how our agency’s Communications Center personnel handle stressful situations with grace under pressure. CCSO Communications Director Diane Pickering manages a team of highly trained men and women who quickly and professionally handle life and death situations. During 2012, all CCSO Communications personnel became certified/recertified as 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators. CCSO hosted communications training for all county 911 Public Safety Telecommunicators that was a success and was attended by employees from CCSO, OPPD, and GCSPD. The CCSO Telecommunications Emergency Response Team (TERT) also participated in regional training at Camp Blanding last year. The Communications Section along with the Information Technology Unit instituted policies which put the agency in compliance with FBI Criminal Justice Security Policy (CJIS). If you’d like to learn more about the CCSO Communications Center and the men and women who work there every day taking 9-1-1 calls, communicating with patrol deputies and much more, please let us know.
Mary Justino, CCSO PAC
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About APCO International® (www.apcointl.org)
APCO International is the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide - and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.
For more information, visit www.npstw2013.org.