Provided by Prince William County Office of Communications
The Prince William County Department of Public Safety Communications Training Division received a prestigious re-certification for their curriculum. Since 2014 the Prince William County Department of Public Safety Communications has met the training standards for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Project 33 Training Program Certification.
Public safety agencies utilize P33 Certification as a formal mechanism to ensure the training program meets with the APCO American National Standards (ANS). APCO is an international standards body and association for the 9-1-1 industry. The County’s strategic plan says the re-certification met the Safe and Secure Community objective to provide a safe and secure community through prevention, readiness, and service excellence.
“The Board of County Supervisors recently adopted the Strategic Plan, which includes a goal of providing a safe and secure community through prevention, readiness, and service excellence,” said Prince William County Executive Chris Martino. “This recertification certainly contributes towards accomplishing that goal and is a major accomplishment for the department and its staff.”
Initial and continuing training for public safety telecommunicators is exceedingly important as the department provides essential services to the public in an ever-expanding and rapidly changing public safety environment. The curriculum, training materials, and supporting documentation are submitted to APCO and checked for compliance with the rules and procedures that guide the certification process.
“Prince William County has always been a leader in public safety communications. This has been accomplished by focusing on hiring exceptional staff, following standards and best practices, and a highly acclaimed training program. This certification confirms just that,” said Director of the Department of Public Safety Communications Eddie Reyes.
The primary objective of the Agency Training Program Certification is to advance the training and professional development of public safety communications officials through the certification of the agency’s training program.