National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (NPSTW) is observed every second week in April. National Day Calendar summarized the history behind the celebration, “Patricia Anderson of Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sherriff’s Office conceived the idea for a National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week in 1981. It was quickly adopted in Virginia and North Carolina. By the 1990s, the national association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. In 1994, National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week was formally recognized and is celebrated each year during the second full week of April to coincide with National 9-1-1 Education Month.”

The I.U.P.A. would like to wish a very happy National Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2022 to the dispatchers pictured below from Vero Beach Police Department in Florida as well as all across this great nation. We see you and we thank you for your service, your dedication, and your lifesaving hard work.

On April 12, 2022, Vero Beach Police Department posted, “The Vero Beach Police  Department is continuing to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. Dispatchers were all issued tote bags. Today the Citrus Grillhouse donated delicious meals for all three shifts and we would like to thank them for their continued Community Partnership. These are the faces behind the telephone and radio if you have an Emergency.”

 

 

Local unions, police departments, sheriff’s offices, and local cities and counties across the United States posted their support and acknowledgement of their dispatchers on social media this week. In addition, local businesses donated meals and I.U.P.A. Local Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association 34 sent their local dispatchers cookies to thank and acknowledge them. Pictured below are posts from Arvada Police Department in Colorado, the City of Lebanon in Missouri, Harris County Constable Precinct Four in Texas, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, Toledo Police Department in Ohio, Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association 34 in Virginia, and two posts from Vero Beach Police Department in Florida.

 

The I.U.P.A. would like to acknowledge and honor our hardworking dispatchers all across this great nation during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and every week.

 

Each week, the I.U.P.A. Briefing Room features a photo that exemplifies the valuable part of the community that our Law Enforcement Officers all across the U.S. are and their positive impact as well as their dedication, service, and sacrifice.

Submit your photos today to be considered for the photo of the week next week to alinaj@iupa.org

Previous photos of the week have included: