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Benicia Police Department
Friday April 16th, 2010 :: 12:12 p.m. PDT


Honoring Public Safety Dispatchers, "National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week."

To honor Public Safety Dispatchers throughout the nation, this week is "National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week." As part of this week, Solano County law enforcement and fire agencies hold a luncheon to honor the police and fire dispatchers from around the county. This year, the Solano County Sheriff's Office hosted the event at the Cordelia Fire House last Tuesday (April 13th).

Part of the luncheon is dedicated to each agency presenting an award or two to dispatchers in their respective groups. This year, the Benicia Police Department presented two awards - "Dispatcher of the Year" and "Top Mic." The Dispatcher of the Year award is based on nominations by police and fire personnel and a subsequent review by department supervisors, with the final selection being made by the Chief of Police. The Top Mic award is based on nominations by dispatchers themselves to select a peer as someone who will be recognized as an outstanding dispatcher. The finalist for this award is also selected by the Chief of Police.

This year Quinn Colvin, who has been a dispatcher for nine years with the department, was selected as the Dispatcher of the Year. Quinn was nominated and selected due to her excellent police and fire dispatching capabilities along with her participation in developing two new programs with the department - a Peer Support Program for department employees and the implementation of a Tactical Dispatching team to work with the joint Benicia- Vallejo SWAT team.

Dispatcher Angela Knight, hired in February of 2007, was nominated by her peers for the Top Mic award. Angela, along with Quinn, helped develop the Tactical Dispatching team. She has quickly become a very professional dispatcher, which is evident from her dispatching demeanor, and was nominated due to her outstanding efforts as a "team player" within the unit and her reliability when it comes to help work additional shifts when needed.

"Both of the dispatchers are well deserving," Benicia Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said. "I am very proud of our dispatch unit and the fine work they do each and every day. Their commitment to our community comes through with their professional approach to every call they take. Quinn and Angela, and the outstanding work they did to earn these awards, are representative of the group as a whole."

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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