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City honors dispatchers for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — It wasn't that long ago—ok, maybe it was that long ago—that police officers sat behind the phones taking emergency calls. "I am the only one in the department who remembers having an officer as a dispatcher," Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens said before council tonight, upon the reading of a proclamation that April 10-16 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week . "I am probably the only one in the state (who remembers that)," Adriaens said. The week, recognizing people who take 911 calls across the country, was first dedicated in 1991, Adriaens said. It was around then that the dispatching profession was recognized for its importance to public safety and cost saving mechanism for police departments nationwide. Sheridan Police dispatchers Kellen Phillips and Daniel Johnson stood before council during the presentation, as seen in the feature photo and below. "We appreciate very much what you do for this community," Sheridan Mayor John Heath said. [image: Inline image 3] [image: Inline image 2] #dally #news