Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild this week recognized members of the Communications Division of the Tucson Police Department and issued a proclamation declaring April 10-16 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Telecommunicators are the police and fire professionals who take emergency calls and dispatch police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
In his proclamation, the mayor encourages "all of our citizens to honor the women and men whose diligence and professionalism keeps our city safe."
The special week began in California in 1981. Ten years later, Congress designated the second week of April as a time to remember the critical public safety roles telecommunicators play in maintaining safety.