In appreciation of the countyâ??s communications officers

In April, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is celebrated. We would like to thank Culpeper Countyâ??s communications officers and recognize their important part in maintaining public safety here.

Highly-trained, skilled men and women staff the Culpeper County Public Safety Communications Center 24 hours a day with four 12-hour shifts that alternate bimonthly between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

From the second the communications officer answers a call, he/she starts gathering vital information to get the right personnel and equipment- from Culpeper Police, Culpeper County Sheriffâ??s Office, volunteer fire and rescue agencies, and paid county paramedics- dispatched the first time. The information they provide to emergency responders could save the life of a deputy sheriff, police officer, firefighter, or rescue worker.

Communications officers donâ??t just answer telephones. They train: from state-mandated basic communications training, learning Computer-Aided Dispatch software, dispatching medical pre-arrival instructions, and incident command situation training to regular recertification in use of state and federal criminal information networks and CPR. They help educate the public through community outreach efforts regarding E911 operations, Code Red, and Smart 911.

We would like to personally thank all our communications officers for their hard work and dedication to the Culpeper community.

Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins
Chief Chris Jenkins