Residents can learn about King County’s 911 system at citizen academy

February 17, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 3:05 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

King County residents can learn how the 911 emergency dispatch center operates as the King County Sheriff’s Office hosts a 911 Citizen’s Academy next month.

The academy is meant to educate citizens about the role 911 communications specialists fill in the public safety system. The program is also designed to prepare people for dialing 911.

Plans for the daylong class on March 31 include information about the history of 911, call taking and police dispatching, training, King County geography, agency partnerships, citizen training and what national certification means for residents.

In addition to the classroom session, academy participants can spend a two-hour session with on-duty communications specialists. The “sit-along” time is meant to offer a practical demonstration of the lessons learned in the academy.

The academy is open to anyone at least 18 years old and without a felony conviction. Applicants must live or work in King County. The application is available at the sheriff’s office website, by calling 206-205-6625 or by emailing

Space for the program is limited. Completed applications should be turned in as soon as possible. The application deadline is March 9.

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