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PUEBLO — For police officers, dispatchers are the first line of contact to the public in an emergency. However, the dispatch center at the Pueblo Police Department is feeling the impacts of the nationwide staff shortage.

“It’s a difficult job. Some people just can’t handle not just the stress, but the ability to multitask and the gravity of the position itself,” said Kim Jeffries, the Dispatch Manager.

On October 11, the dispatch center was only half-staffed with 12 employees, five of which we having to undergo over six weeks of training for the position. This data was presented to Pueblo City Council in a Work Session by the Chief of PPD…