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Public Safety Communications
Public Safety Communications

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Prince William County Public Safety Communications

The Office of Public Safety Communications (OPSC) is the cornerstone of the County's comprehensive public safety response system. The OPSC provides command control and information support services to the police department and fire and rescue services. OPSC personnel are often the first representatives of County government to assist citizens in need. Without leaving the communications center they are usually the first public safety persons to 'arrive' at the scene of a crime fire or medical emergency. Emergency medical care has a virtual '0' response time because call takers are trained to provide immediate medical care instructions over the telephone before response services arrive on the scene. Using all of their acquired skills they gather information   concerning emergency and non-emergency problems and complaints and relay information to police and fire and rescue services who decide on appropriate courses of action. OPSC personnel track each incident and process updated information as a situation progresses.The communications center is located in the George T. Owens Operations Center and staff members are standing by for calls 24 hours a day every day. 

The main objective of the OPSC is to facilitate the flow of information in a seamless and rapid manner and to provide aid comfort and instructions to the public prior to the arrival of police fire and rescue field resources.

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Colonel Charlie T. Deane Chief of Police Chief Kevin J. McGee

 Charlie T. Deane
 Chief of Police

Kevin J. McGee
Chief of Fire and Rescue

The Chief of the Department of Fire & Rescue and the Chief of Police make up the Joint Policy Authority (JPA). Each chief has equal authority in the administrative and managerial oversight of the OPSC.

Each Chief has three areas of responsibility reserved solely for that chief as required by State law and County ordinances. The Fire Chief retains sole authority for the Office of Emergency Services (OES) Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) and Fire & Rescue Dispatch policy. The Police Chief retains sole authority for the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) security and Police Dispatch policy.

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