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TO THE EDITOR:

Across the nation in times of intense personal crisis and community- wide disasters, the first access point for those seeking all classes of emergency services is 911. The local and county public safety communications centers that receive these calls have emerged as the first and single point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during an emergency.

The Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority is celebrating the second full week of April – April 10-16 – as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render lifesaving assistance to the citizens of the United States.

The Artesia Police Department wishes to honor these men and women in our area for the work that they do every day to protect the citizens of Artesia and the rest of Eddy County, N.M.

The importance of recognizing and celebrating the hard work of these dedicated professionals at every level is immeasurable. We stand behind the commitment and devotion these men and women provide as they ensure the safety and security of everyone in our area.

Cmdr. Lindell Smith
Artesia Police Department