(BLOOMINGTON) – On behalf of all Public Safety organizations and First Responders, the Indiana State Police express our combined thanks and appreciation to Governor Holcomb for declaring in Indiana the week of April 14 – 20, 2019 as “Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.”
In 1991 Congress proclaimed the second full week in April to be National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the importance of those exceptional individuals who coordinate the efforts of police, fire, and EMS workers. Governor Eric J. Holcomb has proclaimed the week of April 14-20, 2019 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Indiana. Indiana has recognized this week since 1999.
Telecommunications operators are the unsung heroes of public safety. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These are the men and women who collect the initial information and pass it along to the first responders in the field. Often they can give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way.
All Indiana State Police Telecommunications Operators must pass a written test, a typing test, appear before an interview board, and go through a background investigation before being hired. Once employed they must endure several weeks of training and continuous in-service training throughout their careers to maintain certifications on the latest communications technology and procedures.
Telecommunications Operators working from Regional Dispatch Center III at the Bloomington State Police Post, are responsible for dispatching troopers working in 19 counties across central Indiana that include the Bloomington, Jasper and Evansville Posts.
A huge thanks to all the dispatchers and supervisory staff at the Bloomington Regional Dispatch Center for all you do!
Region III Telecommunications Operators;
Regional Manager – Kathryn Haley
Regional Shift Supervisor – Leesa Slover
Regional Shift Supervisor – Paula Summitt
Regional Shift Supervisor – Bryce Viehweg
Regional Dispatcher – Paul “Doug” Brassine
Regional Dispatcher – Lloyd “Scott” Wilkerson
Regional Dispatcher – Tonya Beck
Regional Dispatcher – Tracy Young
Regional Dispatcher – Hunter Sanders
Regional Dispatcher – Mitchell McKinney
Regional Dispatcher – Taylor Howell
Regional Dispatcher – Tyler Williams
Regional Dispatcher – Bailey Fears
Regional Dispatcher – Andrew Thompson
Regional Dispatcher – Shelby Brown