RCPD honors 911 dispatchers

By Katherine Wartell

The Riley County Police Department is celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunications Week today through Friday in honor of Emergency Medical 911 dispatchers.

The RCPD is holding an open house of the Public Safety Answering Point and Communication Center from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Department’s headquarters, 1001 Seth Child Rd., where the public is invited to tour and learn more about the center during that time.

The RCPD currently employs 23 dispatchers, 8 of which are in training. Communications Center Manager Diane Doehling said they serve more than 100 sworn personnel, 200 full-time and volunteer firefighters, and 40 emergency medical personnel, along with all citizens of Riley County.

Doehling said dispatchers are a lifeline for citizens in need, as well as officers, firefighters and medical professionals, but often do not get the recognition they deserve.

Anyone with questions may call Doehling at 785-537-2112, ext. 2730.

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