Communications - 911 Education:
In 1995, the Sheriff’s Office Communications Section determined a need to educate children on the appropriate use of the 911 system. The center was receiving numerous prank calls from children. Hence, the education committee was formed. The program began with 2 dispatchers acting in roles as a puppet and a dispatcher and has since evolved to a custom puppet stage and remote controlled car driven by a large panda bear. Patches the panda bear is the 3rd robot that was awarded to the Sheriff’s Office through a grant provided by the Phil Long Community Fund. To our success, the bear has provided a positive means of interaction with kids and adults.
We offer our program to schools in the county and have extended our outreach to schools in the City of Colorado Springs. We also participate in many community events throughout the region.
As a result of the education program, the Sheriff’s Office Communications Section began the 9-1-1 hero program designed to honor children who handled 9-1-1 emergencies. The program has shown many successes and has been adopted by the El Paso / Teller County 9-1-1 Authority Office who partner with us in the presentation and acknowledgements.
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