Monday, January 24, 2011
Two local towns want all their 911 calls to be transfered to Sedgwick County dispatchers because emergency technology is too expensive.
Haysville and Derby are asking Sedgwick County Emergency Services to take over beginning in 2012.
Derby says duplication of services between city and county is not beneficial for taxpayers.
Haysville's police chief tells KAKE News, his city simply can't keep up with technology. "We're finding it more and more difficult to keep up with technology especially with the cell phone mapping software," Chief Mike McElroy said.
If county commissioners approve the change, Segwick County would have to hire five new dispatchers to handle the extra calls.
Every person who owns a phone in Sedgwick County pays a 9-11 tax to the county, so if the county takes over for Derby and Haysville, there would be no charge.