2 Union County 911 Dispatchers Graduate Public Safety Academy

Two Union County women were among 24 dispatchers who graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

Bobbie Rae Brown and Megan Coker are the newest telecommunicators to join Union County 911 after completing five weeks of training that consisted of 205 hours of academy instruction to satisfy mandated training requirements. State officials say major training areas included identifying the role and responsibilities of dispatchers, correct phone and radio procedures, handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service, emergency medical dispatch protocols and use of the state and national criminal databases.

According to officials, Brown was one of six trainees of distinction. In order to be a trainee of distinction, officials indicate students must have a GPA of 95 percent or above, no failures or retests and no disciplinary action above a verbal warning.

In addition, three other women in the tri-county area, Brittany Hendricks, Brittani Blankenship and Lisbeth Mares, were among the telecommunicator graduates and will be joining the Madisonville-Hopkins County Central Dispatch.

The Department of Criminal Justice Training is a state agency located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

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