National Public Telecommunicator Week

National Public Telecommunicator Week is  April 11-17th.  Our dispatchers are the first people you speak with when calling the Police Department, they are the ones who dispatch the officers to calls, handle the inquires at the front window, and process all clerical work for the Police Department.

National Telecommunicator Week is held every year during the second week of April and honors telecommunications personnel in the public safety community. This week-long event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.


National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office in 1981 and was quickly adopted in Virginia and North Carolina. By the 1990s, the national association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. In 1994, “National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week” was formally recognized and is celebrated each year during the second full week of April to coincide with National 9-1-1 Education Month.

Our Dispatchers include:

  • Lynn has over 20 years of service as a dispatcher at WMPD
  • Holly is our Lead Dispatcher/Clerk, has over 15 years of service as a dispatcher and 13 years at WMPD
  • Mandy has 5 years of service as a dispatcher and 2.5 years at WMPD
  • Tony has 2 years of service as a dispatcher, all being at WMPD
  • Katie has over 5 years of service as a dispatcher and has been with WMPD part time since August 2020

Thank you to our dedicated dispatchers for all you do!

National Public Telecommunicator Week