press release - 04111601

Santa Barbara County Dispatch


Santa Barbara County Dispatch





Sheriff's Office Thanks Our Dispatchers During National Telecommunications Week


Santa Barbara - April 11th, 2016


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity during “National Telecommunications Week” to recognize and say thank you to our highly trained, professional and compassionate team of public safety dispatchers. Our dispatchers are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.  They provide a vital link for our Sheriff’s Deputies, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, Custody Deputies, Probation Officers, and more. Dispatchers monitor their activities by radio and provide them with necessary information in a timely manner to ensure their safety.


In 2015, our Santa Barbara County Dispatchers dispatched 162,118 Law Enforcement calls for service, 21,500 Fire Incidents and 51,665 AMR Medical Incidents for an average of 645 calls each day.  Dispatchers answered more than 64,000 calls in 2015 for an average of 830 telephone calls per day.  Also this past year, five Santa Barbara County Dispatchers received life-saving awards from the Emergency Medical Services Agency for CPR saves.


Sheriff Bill Brown expressed his appreciation for the important work our dispatchers do.  He said, “Dispatchers are the unsung heroines and heroes behind the phone calls who help save lives each and every day.  We are indebted to each of you for your extraordinary dedication to public safety.”


Undersheriff Bernard Melekian, whose first position in law enforcement was dispatching, expressed his gratitude as well.  He said. “Each day, you respond to emergencies without the benefit of first hand observation or physical control and yet you are able to bring calm to chaos, the feeling of safety to the fear stricken and empowerment to the helpless.  I marvel at your incredible talents and truly appreciate the invaluable service that you provide to the community."


The Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center has 31 dispatchers including supervisors.  The process of becoming a dispatcher is a challenging one. Dispatchers undergo a rigorous testing and background process followed by months of intense training and then a period of on-the-job training before they work independently.  While there are no current openings, if you are interested in becoming a dispatcher, go to our website and fill out an interest card.





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