Governor Beshear and KSP Recognize Telecom Week Dispatchers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) – In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police recognize the dispatchers who answer the call daily to provide assistance and insurance to Commonwealth citizens.

“Rarely seen by the citizens they serve, telecoms play a vital role in providing public safety services while calming those at their most traumatic moment,” Beshear said. “Their dedication and service are second to none, and all of us on the Kentucky team want to thank our ‘heroes behind the helmets’ for creating a better and safer Commonwealth.”

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week was created in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California and is celebrated April 10-16 this year.

Each year, the second week of April is set aside for the recognition of those who serve as carriers across the country.

Currently, the KSP employs 183 dispatchers in 16 posts located throughout the Commonwealth, who handle dispatch duties for KSP Soldiers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and other emergency service agencies.

The agency currently hires 39 carriers in local positions across the state. New recruits will receive the training and equipment needed to succeed, including a paid four-week training academy that must be certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

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