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RE: FAYETTEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES APCO P33 TRAINING PROGRAM CERTIFICATION
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today that the Fayetteville Police Department’s Dispatch Training Program is being recognized as having achieved certified compliance in meeting or exceeding the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Telecommunicators. The Fayetteville dispatch center is the first in Arkansas to receive this certification. The certification presentations will be made at the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast at the APCO International 76th Annual Conference and Exposition in Houston, Texas on August 3.
The APCO Project 33 Agency Training Program Certification is a formal mechanism for public safety agencies to certify their dispatch training programs as meeting the Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety telecommunicators. The standard specifies the minimum training requirements, in general, of personnel assigned to the public safety telecommunicator function, but recognizes the need to supplement these basic competencies with agency-specific information and existing equipment-use parameters.
Fayetteville Police Department’s dispatch training program has been in place over 10 years and was most recently updated this year. It involves lecture and self study and requires over 200 hours of on-the-job training as well as monthly continuing education.