Genesee County’s Steve Sharpe Recognized for Work in Public Safety Communications

Steve Sharpe, DSC_1970.jpgDirector of Emergency Communications for the Genesee County Sheriff's Office (Batavia, NY) was recently  recognized for his work in the field of public safety communications. Sharpe was selected by an independent panel of judges to receive the 2016 PSAPs’ Finest Director of the Year award. Now in its 11th year, the PSAPS’ Finest Awards program is an annual recognition program for public safety communications professionals. Steven received his plaque in a special awards presentation that took place at the Genesee County Sheriff’s office on August 30th.

According to Wilmac Director of Public Safety Joseph Grube, who nominated Steven for the award, “Steve is a great proponent of professionalism and integrity in public safety communications.”

Grube further says that when Steve entered the field of public safety communications in transition from service with the United States Air Force, he came in as a voracious learner. He took every opportunity to learn and become knowledgeable in every aspect of his position, from having responsibility over his county’s 9-1-1 Center to the operation of the county’s public safety radio network, and beyond. Over time, he developed his subject matter expertise to where he now serves as a trusted advisor to his peers, while still understanding and embracing the fact that he can learn from anyone.

Steve is very active in the public safety community, particularly in New York State. He’s involved in the user groups for the county’s CAD system, as well as the New York State 9-1-1 Coordinators Association. Steve has also served, for many years, as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Region 55 Planning Committees for 700 and 800 MHz radio. His service in that capacity is an example for others to follow.

As Director of Emergency Communications for the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Steve takes the time to motivate his staff toward excellence. Their work is recognized regularly, such as during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and during the holiday season, when the unwavering work of public safety professionals, including telecommunicators, often goes unnoticed while we everyone else enjoys their time off.

Steve is also an advocate for his employees on the equipment and training front. He firmly believes that employees perform at their peak when they are provided the proper tools and knowledge. He regularly brings nationally recognized training programs from organizations like APCO, NAED, PowerPhone, and others to his agency, providing those programs not only to his own staff, but offering them to surrounding agencies.

Lastly, Steve is a lifelong learner outside of his day-to-day work. He is now actively pursuing his doctoral degree, with the goal of sharing the knowledge he has gained over the years as a teacher to those who desire a career in emergency communications.

Steve is a fine example of the people who serve us in emergency communications. His efforts to raise the bar of professionalism, both inside and outside his agency, are notable. That level of professionalism extends itself to his staff, the other members of the Sheriff’s Office, and to the surrounding public safety agencies.

“The public safety community is a better place because of people like Steve,” Grube said.

Of course, not being one to take all the credit, Sharpe was quoted in his local paper (The Batavian) as saying that “the award really reflects what a great team he has around him, from the County Legislature that supports professional emergency communication, to the Sheriff's Office administration, to the dispatchers in the emergency dispatch center.”

“Nothing would be possible without their hard work and dedication,” he said.

I invite you to read and learn more about Steve Sharpe in the articles and video below:


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