The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 118th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The three-week 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 will 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.


Basic Telecommunications Class #118 graduation will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the graduation will be closed to the public.  However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Telecommunications Class #118 for a successful completion of their basic training.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #118:

Dispatcher Brooke Allen – Malheur County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Tera Asboe – Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Kelly Berkey – Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Brie Blankenship – Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Kathleen Clardy – Reedsport Police Department

Dispatcher Joseph Crawford – Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Dand’e Ennis – Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Katie Frederick – Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Alexandria Ishihara – Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Ashley Larsen – Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Jessica Lindley – Linn County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Moriah Mahoney – Brookings Police Department

Dispatcher Kristen McDonnell – METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Rebecca McLaughlin – Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Bailey Nepean – Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Randee Randall – Linn County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Steve Reutov – Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Arnold Sicairos – Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Katrina Sizer – Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Michelle Stacey – Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Darian Storm – Grant County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Hillary Trotter – Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Christine Turner – Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Kylee Welch – Springfield Police Department

Dispatcher Ashley Whitten – Portland State University DPS

Dispatcher Ashley Wolgast – Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon