NICE is pleased to announce the winners of its 2009 PSAPs' Finest Awards. The recipients of this year's awards are being unveiled today at the 75th Annual APCO Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. An awards presentation will take place in NICE’s booth #1616 at APCO on Monday, August 17 at 12pm. NICE’s PSAPs' Finest Awards recognize individuals for their exceptional performance and contributions to the field of public safety communications. Each year, winners are selected in four PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) categories. The 2009 PSAPs' Finest Award recipients are:
PSAPs' Finest Director of the Year (2-way tie)
Peter W. Meade, Assistant Fire Marshal for Fire & Rescue Services Nassau County Fire Communications, Mineola, New York
Steve Souder, Director Fairfax County, Virginia Department of 9-1-1 / Public Safety Communications
PSAPs' Finest Line Supervisor of the Year (2-way tie)
Stephanie Trueblood, Shift Supervisor Kitsap County Central Communications (9-1-1), Bremerton, Washington
Carolyn Cornejo, Public Safety Dispatcher III Oxnard Police/Fire Communications, Oxnard, California
PSAPs' Finest Technician of the Year
Rick Archuleta. Communications Technician III County of Monterey, Salinas, California
PSAPs' Finest Telecommunicator of the Year
Benjamin Adams, Police Communications Technician Columbus Police Department, Columbus, Ohio
An annual recognition program, NICE Systems' PSAPs' Finest Awards was first introduced in 2006. Individuals are nominated by their public safety peers and then evaluated based on their exemplary achievements, depth of knowledge, innovative thinking, involvement and years of service to public safety, as well as other key criteria. Winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Public Safety industry. This year's judges included: Willima Banner-Tunis, ENP, 9-1-1 System Operations Manager for the City of Dallas; Major Thomas Gross with the Miami-Dade Police Department; Naomi Arita, ENP, 9-1-1 Systems Manager for E-Comm (Emergency Communications for Southwest British Columbia Incorporated); and John Merklinger, MS, ENP-Director, Rochester/Monroe County 9-1-1 Center (New York), also 2007 PSAPs' Finest Communications Center Director of the Year.
"Selecting this year's PSAPs' Finest winners was rewarding, but very difficult," said E-Comm’s Naomi Arita. "The nominees representing the Public Safety Industry were an amazing group of individuals."
For more information on the PSAPs' Finest Awards, including previous years' winners, please visit the NICE Security Resource Center at www.nice.com/psapawards/2009/.
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