The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office Communications Division is the lifeline between a distraught caller and the help they need. Whether it is a medical or law enforcement emergency, our communications officers are the first link in the vital chain of emergency response.
The Communications Division is responsible for receiving and processing all calls for public safety assistance for the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, the Arcadia Police Department, DeSoto County's Public Safety Department. Last year approximately 51,000 calls for service were answered and dispatched in the central dispatch center. This is in addition to countless daily administration and information calls to the Sheriff's Office that are not assigned a case number.
We are very fortunate to have highly qualified and caring individuals who staff the 9-1-1 call center. Currently there are twelve dispatchers, four shift supervisors and one Division Supervisor. Being a 9-1-1 dispatcher requires a level of dedication that most other occupations don't. They are here twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help ensure the safety of our citizens as well as our emergency workers in the field.
Chances are, if you have never had to call 9-1-1 during an emergency, you will at some point in the future. The citizens of DeSoto County can feel confident knowing that your call will be handled in a prompt, professional manner and the help you need will be on the way.
Communications Squad Supervisor Latonja Brutton accepted the Tribute Plaque on behalf of the Desoto County Communications Division
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 13-19, 2014
A Tribute to DeSoto County, Florida
Emergency 9-1-1 Dispatchers
WHEREAS, an emergency can happen at any given time and, in that
Event, it is commonplace to dial 91-1 for assistance; and
WHEREAS, we expect that when we make that call, someone will be
There to answer and activate the system of emergency services. Someone
Who is professional and trained to remain calm, sometimes in the face of
Unspeakable tragedy; and
WHEREAS, the Emergency 9-1-1 personnel in DeSoto County,
Florida work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, sacrificing weekends and holidays
With their families; and
WHEREAS, the safety of our police officers, firefighters and emergency
Medical personnel is largely dependent upon the quality and accuracy of
The information obtained and transmitted by the Dispatcher; and
WHEREAS, the week of April 13-19, 2014 is set aside as National
Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESPECTFULLY PROCLAIMED that it is fitting to recognize and honor
Those who stand in the gap for our families and ourselves during the most critical moments
In our lives. It is indeed a privilege to recognize the Emergency 9-1-1 Dispatchers of
DeSoto County, Florida and to extend to them an expression of the heartfelt appreciation of
A grateful community.
State Representative, District 56