For the last 20 years, public safety agencies nationwide have recognized the pivotal role dispatchers play in providing support to emergency personnel.
For their efforts, the second week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office communication center celebrated this year’s National Telecommunicators Week, which ran from April 10 to 16, in honor of the dispatchers that handle several thousand calls each year.
Dispatchers provide services for Gila County deputies, Forest Service law enforcement officers, the Tonto Apache Reservation Police Department and the Canyon, Gisela, Pleasant Valley, Pine-Strawberry, Tri-City and Tonto Basin fire departments.
Throughout the week, the sheriff’s office delivered gifts of appreciation to all 20 Gila County dispatchers who work around the clock to support deputies and firefighters in the field.