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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 9-15)Honors Unseen Heroes

Date of News Release: 04/11/2017

Harlan, KY. (April 11, 2017) Telecommunicators at Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan will be recognized along with more than 200,000 of their fellow communicators nationwide April 9-15 during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

These silent heroes of public safety are more than just a voice on the other end of the line. They often save lives on a daily basis.

“KSP telecommunicators are challenged on a daily basis dealing with stressful situations, many that involve life and death, and they are expected to handle these situations with compassion, empathy and professionalism,” says Capt. Burnett, commander of KSP Post 10 in Harlan. “They must be at their BEST while dealing with people who may be at their WORST in many cases. People don’t usually call them for help when they are having their best day. By the nature of the business, they deal with people who have been victimized or need medical assistance. They may be threatening and belligerent, or in some cases, not able to communicate at all, other than dialing 911 with their last bit of strength, in an attempt to get help.”

“Telecommunicators provide a lifeline for the public as well as law enforcement and other emergency service professionals who rely on them for critical communications, information and follow up to ensure that they are and remain safe from harm,” he adds

KSP telecommunicators handle dispatch duties for Kentucky State Troopers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and other emergency service agencies. Some of their duties include calling wrecker services, notifying channels of administration, running license plate and driver’s license numbers, running criminal histories and notifying family members while continuing to answer new calls and handling other radio traffic.

KSP employs 190 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2016, they handled 554,282 calls. Post 10 in Harlan has 11 telecommunicators on staff who handle calls from a 3-county area. Last year, they responded to 22,917 calls.

The Post 10 telecommunications team includes: Raymond Day of Cranks, Hollace Wilson of Harlan, Tommy Shepherd of Harlan, Paul Mark Spurlock of Coalgood, Chuck Owens of Harlan, Lisa Middleton of Evarts, Yolanda Young of Pineville, Mary Asher-Pierce of Harlan, Roy Harber of Heidrick, Justin Farley of Harlan, and Bucky Harris of Middlesboro.

For more information or to apply for a telecommunications position with KSP, log on to the state personnel website at www.personnel.ky.gov

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is a law enforcement agency that prides itself on attracting the best individuals. KSP affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender or age. For a copy of the KSP Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, follow this link: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/EEOP_Short_Form.pdf

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