USJ shows gratitude to the West Hartford Police Department during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

Representatives from the University of Saint Joseph dropped by the West Hartford Police Emergency Reporting Center (911 Dispatch Center) to show support and gratitude for their Public Safety Dispatchers during the 2024 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW), held this year from April 14-20. 

NPSTW was first established in 1981 as a national week to honor telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, which includes 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers for Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services. NPSTW is a time to recognize and honor those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and the first responder agencies they serve.   

USJ Criminal Justice student, Rhys Mendoza-Villa ‘26, and “Joey”, our beloved USJ Blue Jay mascot, accompanied USJ Public Safety to the West Hartford Emergency Response Center to deliver some freshly made treats from USJ Dining. They also presented a heart-felt note of appreciation from University President Rhona Free to the on-duty Public Safety Dispatchers and their colleagues who serve the West Hartford community 24/7/365.    

During their visit, Mendoza-Villa and “Joey” the Blue Jay also visited the Community Relations Division of the police department, whose officers visit campus throughout the academic year to present on various safety topics. The visit was a yet another positive experience between the USJ community and the men and women of the West Hartford Police Department who serve and protect us. This was evident from the smiles, laughs, and great conversation shared by all. After all, it is not every day that a seven-foot-tall blue bird can be seen walking through the halls and parking lots of the WHPD. 

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