The Florida legislation has been considering a public safety dispatcher training requirement for at least the past year. But the kidnap and murder of Denise Lee last February in Charlotte County has moved everything to the front burner. The Senate version of a training bill passed Wednesday and now heads to committee. The House version of the bill is still going through the committee process prior to full House consideration. However, both bills set up only a basic, 208-hour minimum, unfunded training program, instead of a more rigorous, state-funded program. Dispatchers who complete the training would be certified–and pay a $75 fee. Read more about the legislation here, and download (pdf) a copy of the Senate bill here.E-mail this story
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