(Dodge County) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is taking part in a national effort to recognize its dispatchers. The National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is observed during the second full week in April as a way to acknowledge the work of communications officers. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his department will be limiting the celebration this year. However, he says it is still important to recognize communications officers and the hard work they do every year. One specific area Schmidt highlights is how dispatchers are handling the coronavirus outbreak. He says, as with everyone else, COVID-19 is something communications officers have never experienced. Schmidt says they have been checking their temperatures and thoroughly disinfect workstations and other common areas multiple times a day. The sheriff’s office has also developed plans to guarantee adequate staffing levels at all times should dispatchers become ill. The Sheriff says communications officers are doing their part to keep those they send to calls healthy as callers are asked questions about respiratory flu-like symptoms within their household. He says this is a way for first responders to be aware of potential needs for extra protection and equipment. Schmidt encourages the public to join his office in recognizing these men and women for the fantastic work they do every day.