National week to honor dispatchers

By The Mercury

Staff reports

The Riley County Police Department will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 14-20 to recognize, officials said, the dispatchers who work behind the scenes to answer calls for help every day.

During the week, interesting facts about dispatch and the dispatchers will be released on the department’s Twitter account, @RileyCountyPD, as well as tips for citizens useful for calling in an emergency.

Department officials said dispatchers help protect lives and property by receiving vital information and dispatching law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and fire personnel to provide direct assistance to the public.

RCPD dispatchers have saved lives, reduced the potential for injuries, and eased suffering through their efforts, they said.

The Riley County Communication Center is housed within the Riley County Police Department and currently employs 19 dispatchers who serve more than 100 sworn personnel, 200 full-time and volunteer firefighters, 40 Emergency Medical Personnel, and all citizens of Manhattan and Riley County.

The Riley County Police Department would like to thank these individuals for the work that they do to serve our community.

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