The Berkeley County 911 Communications Center plans to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week on April 11-17 by honoring dispatchers and naming a Dispatcher of the Year.

The week, sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, honors the thousands who respond to emergency calls by dispatching emergency professionals and equipment and rendering life-saving assistance.

In 1991, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as a nationally recognized week of acknowledgment. Berkeley County Council voted to join the proclamation in 2009 and adopted it for 2010. Roxanne Willey is the director of the Berkeley County Communicatons Center. According to Willey, the center has six dispatchers on duty during each 12-hour shift.

The center dispatches for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Moncks Corner Police Department, St. Stephen Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Bonneau Police Department, Berkeley County EMS, Berkeley County Rescue and 26 fire departments. It handles more than 350,000 calls per year.