GIRARD — The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and City of Pittsburg received approval to move forward with a 911 dispatch partnership during the regular meeting of the Crawford County Commission Friday.
Sheriff Dan Peak and Pittsburg Assistant City Manager Jay Byers presented a contract with Solacom for 911 dispatch services and equipment to the commission for approval. The two entities have worked together over the past year to begin updating the two dispatch systems do a next generation system. The two agreed Solacom was the best option.
The contract with Solacom was in the amount of $251,000 for the shared 911 answering system — consisting mostly of hardware and software. Peak said the old system is based around landline telephones, and uses landlines to locate where a call is being made from. However, many households do not have landlines any longer.
“This new system is more GIS and geo-location based to help locate calls made from cell phones,” Peak said.
The system will also allow people to text a message to 911 dispatch.
Solacom allows multiple jurisdictions to function on the same system, which allows for better, faster sharing of information. Byers said this could also lead to expanded uses in the future.
“We hope in the future to use this as a platform to create a regional public safety hub,” Byers said. “Which is the most exciting part for me.”
Solacom would allow multiple cities and counties in the region to connect, making it much easier to share information.
The funds for the county’s shared cost will come from its 911 fund. The contract was previously approved by the county 911 committee, and reviewed by County Counselor Jim Emerson.
The commission approved the contract.
Byers and Peak said they hope to have the system up and running by summer 2018.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.