Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
April 14, 2009
Dispatchers and call takers from the Hawai’i Police Department were recognized on Tuesday (April 14) in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
At an employee luncheon funded by private donations, Chief Harry Kubojiri thanked the dispatchers for their work and said their voices have “a calming effect” on both callers and police officers during “a hectic situation.”
Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira said police don’t express their gratitude to dispatchers as often as they should. “In our eyes, believe me, you are appreciated,” he said.
Major Larry Weber said being a dispatcher is tough work. “It’s a profession,” he said. “It’s a calling and you should treat it as such.”
Since 1991, the second full week of April each year has been dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.