Dispatchers are unsung heroes who have the toughest job in law enforcement, Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley told city council members Tuesday.

Mayor Stephen Haynes read a proclamation recognizing April 12-18 as Public Safety Communications Week — one of several proclamations the mayor read at the council meeting.

The proclamation included paragraphs stating that “during times of personal crisis, public safety communications officers are the first contact that citizens have with emergency services, and their appropriate response to each caller’s need is critical. … the public safety communications officers of the City of Brownwood contribute substantially to the mitigation of crime, apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and overall safety of our community.”

Haynes also read an application recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

The proclamation included paragraphs stating that “our society has a responsibility to protect our children and help them thrive in a safe environment, as every child is entitled to be loved, cared for, feel secure and be free from verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse and neglect …

“The City of Brownwood has dedicated individuals and organizations such as Family Services Center, the ARK, CASA in the Heart of Texas, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Central Texas Opportunities, Brownwood Police Department, Department of Family and Protective Services and the Child Welfare Board who work daily to counter the problem of child maltreatment and help parents obtain the assistance they need.”

A proclamation declaring April as Safe Digging Month noted the importance of calling 8-1-1 to locate underground lines before digging.

Each year, “undesired consequences such as service interruption, damage to the environment and personal injury are potential results,” the proclamation states. 

Excavators and homeowners can save time and money by making a simple call to 8-1-1 before any digging project.