O.P.P. dispatcher wins international award

Christian Paquette (center) with his award. He is accompanied by his supervisor, Sgt. Carlo Maragno (left) and Richard Mears, Regional Vice President of NICE Systems, the award sponsor. Supplied photo.

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — The voice at the other end of the line anytime you have called for police help in SD&G has won an international award. Christian Paquette from the Smiths Falls O.P.P. Communications Center received the 2014 Public Safety Answering Points Telecommunicator of the Year Award. The communications operator is the first Canadian to get the hardware. The award was presented last week in New Orleans, Louisiana at an international conference for communications officials. The O.P.P. says Paquette has been an integral part of the Smiths Falls team answering calls from the public and sending officers to calls. Paquette has received more than 100 letters of recognition for his professionalism and dedication.

“We are all very proud of Christian for receiving the 2014 Telecommunicator of the Year Award. He is a very deserving member and is a great example of the professionalism, dedication and high standards O.P.P. Communications Operators bring to every call, every day all across Ontario,” said O.P.P. Smiths Falls Unit Commander Penny Barager.

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