Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - Sunday, April 13, 2008
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Houston County Courier - April 2008
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week April 13-19.
Sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), the week honors the thousands of men and women who respond to men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, rendering life saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office employs nine fulltime dispatchers including Supervisor Susie Hammond, Sulvuan Duncan, Jennifer Brockway, Daniel Williams, Autumn Shaw, Samantha Wolford, Katie Cook, Eva Cockrell, and Connie Eccles.
To provide maximum coverage for the county the dispatcher work two per shift on most days.
The HCSO dispatcher answer not only calls for the Sheriff’s Office but also serve Grapeland Police Department and Crockett Police Department during evenings, weekends and holidays.
HCSO also handles dispatches for two EMS agencies, the county’s 12 volunteer fire Department of Public safety, Houston County constables, U.S. Forest Service and Texas Forest Service.
“Our Dispatch Supervisor, Susie Hammond does an excellent job staying current regarding procedures and technology used in dispatching.
She makes sure that all of our dispatchers are sent to the required schools and receive the training they need to do their jobs in a professional manner.” Said HCSO Sheriff Bobbitt.
Sheriff Bobbitt said that since the HCSO dispatch office features the latest in technology and equipment quite often other Texas law enforcement agencies call Houston County for advice and information regarding dispatch procedures and processes for their own dispatch services.
Sheriff Bobbitt said he is very proud of his dispatch employees and couldn’t ask for better people to be in those positions.