- Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) - Emergency dispatchers in Phoenix who handle 911 calls will have a place to decompress.

The Phoenix Police Department on Tuesday will dedicate a new “quiet room” for 911 operators.

Police Chief Jeri Williams and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will be on hand for the ceremony.

A local Rotary Club came up with the idea as a way to show appreciation to police communications operators.

Officials say the job of emergency dispatcher can sometimes take an emotional toll. The quiet room will allow them a place to rest or take a few moments for themselves.



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