Brookings-Harbor graduation rate rises to 80 percent

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Two people with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be graduating from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s 117th Basic Telecommunications Class on Feb. 7 in Salem.

Dispatcher Lori Kyzer and Keely Perry completed the three-week course from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

The graduation will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem. The guest speaker is Lt. Joel Hensley of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

The course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics.

Upon completion of the course, students return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public, meet professional standards for training and certification.

There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public member, serves as the Chair of the Board.

The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

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