April 09, 2015

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 12-18

The Department of Safety & Security proudly recognizes the members of its Emergency Communications Center (ECC) during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, marked annually during the second full week of April.

Whether by telephone, intercom, radio, or computer, members of the ECC provide a critical link between those living or working within the UCPD’s patrol area and police officers. The ECC supports the University of Chicago Police Department, the University of Chicago Medical Center Public Safety department, and plays an integral role in the UCPD’s Safety Escort program.

The ECC is comprised of 13 full-time dispatchers and four full-time communications supervisors who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In March, members of the ECC received 9,866 calls and average approximately 109,889 calls a year. 

National Telecommunicators Week was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Ca.) Sheriff’s Office in 1981. A decade later, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.”

The Department of Safety & Security would like to thank the members of the ECC for their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to their jobs in serving the University of Chicago community.