TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Date of News Release: 04/08/2012
(London, KY.) –- During the second week of April, Kentucky State Police telecommunications personnel at Post 11 in London will join more than 200,000 fellow communicators throughout the United States being recognized for their long hours and dedication to public safety.
Often called "the unsung heroes of public safety" or the "first" first responders, since they are usually the first to receive requests for emergency services from the public, they play a vital role in the successful delivery of public safety services to those in need. Every day, Kentucky residents depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of these special men and women.
In addition to receiving calls for emergency service from the public, they gather information about the situation and alert troopers to respond. They are also a lifeline for KSP troopers and CVE officers in the field, providing a constant link to resources that can often be the difference between life and death. These duties include dealing with highly emotional callers and notifying the proper agencies, calling wrecker services, notifying channels of administration, running license plate and drivers license numbers, running criminal histories, notifying family members while continuing to answer new calls and handling other radio traffic.
"Our telecommunicators work on the front lines of public safety," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "The services they provide cannot be measured in dollars for life is priceless and the work they do often saves lives on a daily basis. It is fitting that we take this time to recognize their many contributions to the mission of the Kentucky State Police."
KSP employs 187 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2011, statewide telecommunicators handled 529,175 calls. KSP, Post 11 in London has 9 telecommunicators, on staff, who handled calls from a 7-county area. Last year, they handled 21,504 calls.
The Post 11 telecommunications team includes: David Anders of Keavy, KY (Radio Room Supervisor), Les Leatherman of London, KY (Radio Room Shift Supervisor), Doug Jones of Lily, KY, Miranda Luttrell of Russell Springs, Angel Sloan of London, KY, Brian Bullock of Brodhead, KY, Derek Baker of Corbin, KY, John Moreland of London, KY and Joe Jones of London, KY.