Volume 3, Number 6 |June 2020
DEC welcomes 34th Basic Dispatch Academy on May 11
Students began the 34th Basic Dispatch Academy on May 11, with some modifications due to COVID-19 restrictions. We wish them well in their training!

Stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19
The novel Coronavirus has changed everything, including how we work in the DEC. Please read the message from Director Willoughby and make sure to follow the most up-to-date information and recommendations from these trusted sources:

City of Richmond (for the public)
May in review
Celebrating the promotion
of Justin Waitt
We celebrated the promotion of Justin Waitt to Emergency Communications Supervisor on May 27. Staff enjoyed doughnuts and shared balloons, cards and hugs with Justin. Congratulations, Justin!
Realtor donates water bottles, snack bags
 Sasha Bonet with  The Mawyer Real Estate Group  delivered cases of water and bags of snacks on May 13 to be passed out to all of our DEC staff members. We thank them for their donation!
DEC staff help pass out PPE, health information
DEC staff joined the Richmond Fire Department and state agencies to help pass out health information, hand sanitizer and face masks in Hillside Court on May 26. Thanks to everyone who helped out!
New social media campaigns recognize staff, educate public
With community outreach events canceled because of COVID-19, DEC is working to engage the public more on its social media accounts @911rva. Each week, staff members ask a public education quiz question and those who answer correctly are mailed a prize packet of DEC giveaways. Also, each week an outstanding DEC employee is recognized as an #IamRichmond911 honoree. Please help us by liking and sharing these social media posts!

#IamRichmond911 campaign wins public relations award
DEC's original #IamRichmond911 campaign was named an Award of Merit winner in the 73rd Annual Virginia Public Relations Awards. The campaign spotlighted one employee each month in 2019 and early 2020 who serves the community, both on and off the job, in original photos, posters, feature stories and social media posts.  

Deadline to email your answer for the prize drawing is June 17. Send now!
Last month's winners
Everyone who correctly answered "I know my May Coworker" was entered into the random drawing for a prize. Congratulations to Chantell Jones , who knew that Aishah Robinson was the May coworker. Both chose from a 128 MB USB drive or a wireless charging pad as prizes.
Richmond DEC | 804-646-5911 | www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications