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Campbellsville Police Dept. celebrates work of dispatchers

Mayor Young proclaims week to honor dispatchers, who do so much behind the scenes work - brief accounts of life saving work by Dispatchers Grant, Jessie, Chelf, Dobson, McCarol, and Dillon below - plus a maternity situation handled by Dispatcher Edwards. Statements from Police Communications Manager Anne Sanders, Chief Hazlette, and Mayor Young in complete article.
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CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - The Campbellsville Police Department is celebrating the second full week of April 14-20, 2013, as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Recent events have highlighted the work of telecommunications professionals at Campbellsville Police Communications Center.

- Dispatcher Grant gave CPR instructions prior to EMS arriving that helped save a life.

- Dispatcher Jessie provided instructions to by standers that help save a drowning victim's life

- Dispatcher Chelf coordinated dispatch of multiple emergency service departments and units to a large commercial fire that helped to keep the fire contained

- Dispatcher Dobson talked to a person and convinced them to surrender to police peacefully

- Dispatcher McCarol gave pre-arrival instructions to a neighbor to help save the life of a gunshot victim

- Dispatcher Dillon provided first aid instructions to a child who helped a lady that had severely cut her arm. The instructions helped to slow the bleeding prior to EMS arrival, which helped save her life

- Dispatcher Edwards instructed a couple on how to deliver their baby prior to EMS arrival.

Police Communications Officers undergo extensive training

"All of our Police Communications Officers (PCO) must go through extensive training. They must become certified in multiple areas in order to work this job. I am very proud of the dedication and effort that they put into their job everyday to help keep the people and property in this community safe. This is a very stressful career. You never know what type of call you will take when the phone rings and you must be prepared. When the phone rings you must determine if an emergency exists; get an exact location of the emergency; respond the appropriate emergency vehicles/units; be prepared to provide pre-arrival instructions; keep up with all radio communication traffic; key all information into multiple computer systems; and more. All the while, if another phone rings, you must be able to answer that call too. The Police Communications Officers (9- 1-1 Dispatchers) are behind the scenes heroes everyday", Police Communications Manager Anne Sanders said.

Mayor Tony Young issues proclamation

Mayor Tony Young has recognized National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and honored the Campbellsville Police Communications Center's staff by releasing an officials Proclamation.

Mayor Tony Young said, "It's no surprise; these professionals have earned the name 'behind the scenes heroes'."

Chief Hazlette applauds Communications 911 Center

Chief Tim Hazlette applauds the members of the Communications 911 Center by adding, "In emergency and non-emergency circumstances, Campbellsville Police Communications Officers serve their fellow citizens with clarity, with competency, and with sensitivity toward their particular needs.

About Campbellsville Police Communications Center

Dubbed the "lifeline" of law enforcement, the Communications 911 Center at the Campbellsville Police Department is precisely that - an immediate, 24-hour connection for the citizen and the responder to an expert Police Communications Officer - whenever the need for law enforcement service arises. The CPD Communications 911 Center functions under the authority of the Chief through a joint agreement between the Mayor, County Judge Executive, City Council and Fiscal Court, providing communications and dispatch for law enforcement and emergency management agencies in Taylor County, Kentucky. The center delivers the most timely, effective, and efficient response to every life and/or property-threatening emergency occurring within the county.

About APCO International(R)

( 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.

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