Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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KSP Post 8 - April 13-19 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Date of News Release: 04/14/2014
(Morehead, KY) – During the third week of April, Kentucky State Police telecommunications personnel at Post 8 in Morehead 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 troopers and CVE officers in the field, providing a constant link to resources that can often be the difference between life and death.
"Our telecommunicators are more than just a voice on the other end of the line," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "They work on the front lines of public safety and the services they provide cannot be measured in dollars for life is priceless. Their work 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 and to the citizens of the Commonwealth."
KSP employs 163 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2013, they handled 529,179 calls. Post 8 in Morehead has 8 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls from a 11 county area. Last year, they responded to 23,810 calls.
The Post 8 telecommunications team includes: Joyce Waddle of Wellington; Marcus Lands of Hillsboro; Lisa Angel of Morehead; Mike Little of Morehead; Eric Robinson of Morehead; Benita Blanton of Morehead; Jessie Dillon of Vanceburg; and Michael Burling of West Liberty.