PowerPhone Introduces New Program to Help 9-1-1 Dispatchers Protect Law Enforcement Responders

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New class emphasizes call taker's critical role in ensuring officer safety.

Officer safety is a primary concern for any 9-1-1 dispatcher

PowerPhone, a leader in emergency communications solutions announces immediate availability of a new course that teaches 9-1-1 professionals skills and techniques to protect law enforcement responders.

Protecting Law Enforcement Responders: The Dispatcher's Role™, is specifically designed to educate telecommunicators in understanding the risks faced by law enforcement officers and their integral role in enhancing officer safety.

This brand new class features tactics and techniques to quickly recognize threats to officer safety, provide pre-arrival survival instructions™, and identify potential "suicide-by-cop" scenarios. The class also features a segment on maintaining radio etiquette during high-risk incidents and creating a safer response environment for public safety personnel.

"Officer safety is a primary concern for any 9-1-1 dispatcher," said Chris Salafia, President & CEO of PowerPhone. "As we have said for years, the dispatcher is the first person on the scene of any emergency. If our training can provide them the skills to increase the probability that their officers come home safely each night to their families, I can't think of a better outcome than that."

PowerPhone's Protecting Law Enforcement Responders: The Dispatcher's Role program shows 9-1-1 call takers how to properly question callers and transmit potentially life-saving instructions to first responders before arriving on scene to ensure safety. This class examines a large variety of issues related to law enforcement protection, including motor vehicle stops, extremists and street gangs, barricaded suspects and active shooters, along with other groups that may target law enforcement.

Classes are now forming for Fall 2009 availability.

About PowerPhone
PowerPhone is a leader in 9-1-1 call handling solutions. Founded in 1984, the company has trained more than 150,000 public safety professionals representing all 50 U.S. states and more than a dozen foreign countries. The maker of Total Response® Computer Aided Call Handling (CACH) software, PowerPhone is the driving force behind One Number...One Protocol™, the initiative to bring greater consistency and simplicity to public safety call-handling. For more information visit http://www.powerphone.com, or call 203-245-8911.

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