Herts Police is joining in the celebrations for this week’s International Control Room Week 2020.
The week is designed as a way to thank those unsung heroes who are always at the end of the phone when we need help, keeping us calm, reassuring us and updating us.
Herts Constabulary’s Force Communications Room (FCR) manager Vanessa Green said:
“Our dedicated FCR officers and staff are there 24/7 when members of our community are in their hour of need.
“This week is a way to thank them and show appreciation for their incredible dedication, professionalism, empathy and understanding.”
Communications Operator Ashleigh Jackson is a new recruit to the FCR and has enjoyed his training and starting his new role.
He said: “I have only been here since August, but I like the level of community and support that comes from colleagues, and everyone wants to help each other.
“I’ve only had a few difficult calls so far, but I find if you remain level headed and calm, people will calm down with you or before you know it you have resolved the issue or put things in place to resolve it and the call is over.
“I’d definitely recommend this job to others. It’s enjoyable considering the nature of what we do.
“The hardest bit is getting used to shift patterns which I’ve rapidly grown to love.”
Fellow communications operator Emily Histed added: “This job instantly appealed to me, as it meant I could be the first point of contact in an emergency situation without being directly involved as a front-line responder.
“The rate of calls that come through to the FCR means that you are constantly dealing with a variety of situations, you can never predict what call will come through next.
“Some of the calls that come through to the police can be quite challenging.
“No day is ever the same, you speak with different people reporting different crimes every day.
“Helping people from over the phone and knowing that you had a positive impact on their lives is not something you can do from many other jobs.”
Jack Dalton, who has worked in the FCR for three years, said: “The allure of being involved from contact to resolution, catching the bad guys and helping the most vulnerable attracted me to the communications operator role.”
For every mention of #UnsungHeroes across social media during this week, APD Communications will donate £1 to the Mind Charity and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.