An open house is planned May 22-26 by the Davis County Sheriff's Department communications center, focusing on dispatching as a career and the importance of communications in public safety.

The open house will run 3-7 p.m. each day and include tours through the department dispatch center in the basement of the jail annex building. Interested public officials, citizens, and organizations are invited.The sheriff's department's countywide communications center provides dispatch services for 13 law enforcement agencies in the county, including 12 of the 15 cities in Davis County.

It also serves as a backup communications center for the three cities that have their own dispatch service: Layton, Bountiful, and Clearfield. And, dispatchers handle calls for seven fire departments in the county.

According to Capt. K.D. Simpson, who supervises the dispatch center, the 12 full-time dispatchers handle 438,000 radio calls and 160,000 telephone calls a year.