PUPD to honor dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

April 11, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The week of April 14-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Purdue University is taking this opportunity to recognize the work of its police dispatchers.

A ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Monday (April 14) at the Purdue University Police Department, 205 S. Martin Jischke Drive, to honor those who answer the 911 calls for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Purdue has 13 people who dispatch calls for the police department, fire department and ambulance services.

Gov. Mike Pence called the job of a dispatcher "vital to the protection of human life and property and to the preservation of law and order" in his proclamation of Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2014.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week began in California in 1981. It became more widely recognized in the early 1990’s after a resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Writer: Liz Evans, 765-494-2084, lizevans@purdue.edu  

Source: Chief John Cox, 765-494-8221, jkcox@purdue.edu 

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