These week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) and the Heber Springs Police Department is recognizing the hard work of its dispatchers, who perform a vital service not only to Heber Springs, but also the entire county. 

NPSTW is observed during the second week of April. It was first organized in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California, according to information provided by the national organizers. Its goal was to honor the work and dedication of telecommunications personnel who devote their lives to public safety. 

"We at the Heber Springs Police Department would like to recognize our dispatchers as they play a vital role in the police department," said Sgt. Lloyd White of the HSPD. "They are the first line of communication to the public when receiving calls for service." 

"Our dispatchers go through an extensive training program and their job is very demanding at times," he continued. "We appreciate everything that they do. Our dispatchers are responsible for dispatching all law enforcement, fire, and EMS for Cleburne County." 

If you get a chance, stop by the police department or give them a call and thank your local dispatchers for their dedicated work keeping our county safe.