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Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
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CLEARWATER - Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers. Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was first conceived in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County, Calif. Sheriff's Office. It was observed only at that agency for three years until 1994 when Congress made a permanent formal proclamation for this recognition.

During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, public safety dispatch agencies across the country will recognize employees for their commitment to the mission of protecting and saving lives and property. Pinellas County Public Safety Services/911 is proud to honor all local telecommunicators as well as support personnel for their high level of professionalism, excellence in customer service and enthusiastic teamwork. The Pinellas County 911 family encourages all who know or come in contact with public safety telecommunicators to give them a much deserved “thanks.”

Visit and click on the “Rate Us” link to leave your “good job” sentiments via the online survey.

You can help make the 911 telecommunicator’s job easier by knowing when to call 911, having the correct address or location where assistance is needed, listening carefully and calmly answering the dispatcher’s questions.

Call 911

• To report a fire or other situation where life or property is in danger

• To stop a crime in progress or about to occur

• To report an accident

• For life-threatening medical problems

Do not call 911 for non-emergency situations

• For routine police business or civil matters

• For weather information

• For directions

• For directory assistance

• To complain about barking dogs or loud stereos

• Non-emergency utility problems

• Time of day
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