Currently browsing author

Lauren Larson

NPSTW 2020 Contest Paused;
Support & Recognition Continue

In light of the gravity of the COVID-19 virus situation and the additional work and stress that will fall on our members and others in the public safety community, we are pausing our NPSTW contest. When we re-open it in the future, all stories already posted in the 2020 contest, as well as their “likes” will be maintained.

We Want to Buy You Lunch … Again!

For NPSTW 2020, we are again offering to “buy you lunch” but this year, recognizing the vast difference in comm center sizes, there will be two prizes.

How Are You Celebrating?

It’s that time of year again! Use the form below or add a comment to tell us how you celebrate NPSTW.

St. Louis County Police Bureau of Communications Is 2019 Winner

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced today that St. Louis County Police Bureau of Communications is the winner of APCO’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) 2019 contest, in which emergency communications centers were asked to share tributes to their work teams on the website. Emergency …

I Celebrate You!

​Dear Fellow Dispatchers, Operators, Telecom­municators, You deserve to be celebrated for the services you provide to your community and the field personnel of the agencies that you dispatch. I celebrate YOU! You deserve to be recognized for the sacrifices you make; working nights, holidays, weekends with little to no sleep. …

NTIA Celebrates the Nation’s Public Safety Telecommunicators

David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator, published this piece marking National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and recognizing the men and women who work behind the scenes.

NPSTW in Virginia

Good evening, Virginia. On this first day of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, I want you to know how grateful I am and the Board is for the work you do, the way you do it, and the support and energy you give each other and this Chapter. Attached is my take …

A Message from APCO’s President

During the week of April 8 – 14, 2018, our emergency communications centers around the country will be celebrating their public safety telecommunicators in a variety of ways. One of the simplest and easiest ways to celebrate these professionals is through recognition of what they do every day, which is …

National Telecommunicator Week Superlative Awards

Here are a few suggestions for fun awards: The Gumby Award – to the person who is always flexible. The Simon Cowel Award – to the person who you can always count on to be brutally honest. The Alfred Pennyworth (Batman’s butler) Award – to the person who is always loyally behind …

Tell Us Your Story

In our minds, people can never hear enough about the heroic and everyday things you do. So we’re asking you again to submit your stories during the lead-up to NPSTW 2018. Tell us what means the most to you about being a telecommunicator. Tell us about a day you can’t …

PSTs Honored, Recognized in the News

In the weeks leading up and beginning this week, many local and national newspapers have published stories about NPSTW. Some have recognized individuals, some have focused on events, and a good number have highlighted the demanding and generally unseen role of public safety telecommunicators as first first responders. Take a look at this growing list of stories about …

A Message From APCO’s President

This past year has shown a light on public safety telecommunicators. In September, APCO initiated a campaign to ensure that the federal government accords telecommunicators the recognition and respect they deserve by being reclassified as a “Protective Services” occupation. We asked you to submit comments explaining how you protect the …