Whether calling 9-1-1 on your campus phone, or dialing 423-425-4357, our Security Communications Officers are here for the community 24/7 all year, and we wish to highlight them with special recognition. Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.
“On behalf of the Finance and Administration Division, I want to thank our Security Communication Officer team members during this National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Ensuring the health and safety of our campus is one of our Division’s top priorities. The work you do each day to support it is much appreciate and does not go unnoticed. I thank you not only this week, but throughout the year, for all the great work that you each continue to do. ”
– Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, Tyler Forrest
“Words cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for our Telecommunicators and their professionalism, their seemingly tireless efforts, and their commitment to keeping our Officers and the University community safe. It takes an exceptional and talented person to be and remain the calm and collected voice, whether with someone needing assistance or otherwise in the middle of a dire emergency. During this National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, I want to thank each of them for using their remarkable talents and skills to make our University a safer place in the midst of the many crises they face daily. They are and always will be our first line of defense in protecting and helping our community.”
– Chief of Police Department, Robert Ratchford
“To each and every one of our communications officers, Thank You.
You have been here 24/7/365. The last two years has challenged you with the pandemic, the weather, staffing shortages, and all the other emergencies that you handled. Through it all, you continue to be the irreplaceable human voice on the line when people need help and your commitment to the safety of our UTC community is truly appreciated.”
– Assistant Vice Chancellor of Emergency Services, Robie Robinson