Public Safety Communications
The Lawrence Public Safety Communications Center is a 24-hour, full-service agency that dispatches police, fire and EMS services. LiAnn Wolfe is the director of communications.
Going away? The Lawrence Police Department will dispatch officers to watch the exterior of your home when you will be gone for more than three days. Call Lawrence Public Safety Communications at 545-7575 to make a request for this assistance.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2016
Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. This year, Michael Clark was recognized as the Dispatcher of the Year during the week-long recognition of telecommunicators. Mayor Steve Collier and LPD Chief David Hofmann presented Clark with the award. Communications Director LiAnn Wolfe said it is Clark's second time to receive the award for outstanding service.
The annual recognition began when It was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office in 1981 and was observed only at that agency for three years. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) became involved in the mid-1980’s.
By the early 1990’s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what became H.J. Res. 284 to create “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” According to Congressional procedure, it was introduced twice more in 1993 and 1994, and then became permanent, without the need for yearly introduction.
National Telecommunicators Week brings celebration, honor, and publicity focused on the otherwise unsung hero on the other end of the line. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the important role of the 911 dispatcher as the first, first responder.The City of Lawrence values its dispatchers and the invaluable service they provide this community.
Indiana Amber Alert
Amber Alert is a statewide notification program to locate abducted children within the first 24 hours after they go missing. Radio and television stations broadcast information provided by law enforcement about the child and the circumstances in which he or she was abducted.
Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana: 317-262-TIPS (8477)