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PSU campus public safety dispatchers graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Author: Jennifer Vo-Nguyen, PSU Media and Public Relations
Posted: November 14, 2018
Kathleen Evans
Anita Vermilya

Two Portland State campus public safety office dispatchers graduated from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s (DPSST) 111th Basic Telecommunications Class last week.

Kathleen Evans and Anita Vermilya completed the two week course which consisted of emergency call-handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law,  and other numerous safety topics. They will continue their training for several months with a field training officer at PSU.

This training program started in 1993 when Oregon law required proper training and certification for individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public. Oregon has nearly 950 women and men who work in this profession in municipal, county, regional, and state public safety communication centers.  

Both PSU emergency dispatchers and dispatchers around the state graduated last week during the Basic Telecommunications commencement ceremony. 

Left photo: Anita Vermilya (center) at the graduation ceremony.

Right photo: Kathleen Evans (center) at the graduation ceremony.