Henry County working on Unified Dispatch System for law enforcement agencies

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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Henry County has three dispatch centers — one in the Abbeville Police Department, one in the Headland Police Department and one in the Henry County jail.

Now, the Henry County Commission and the mayors of Abbeville and Headland are looking into implementing a unified dispatch system. 

“What’s the benefit of unified dispatch?” Henry County Commission Chairman David Money said. “Well, number one it does not make any difference where that dispatch center is. All that happens there is the call is received, their job is to listen, and dispatch and record so that the person who is having difficulty get immediate, professional attention.”

Several weeks ago a Unified Task Force committee was appointed by Money, Mayor Ray Marler and Mayor Billy Helms. It’s charged with developing and recommending a plan to city and county officials that would provide the very best emergency response system possible. 

“They have visited another county that is slightly larger than ours, but who had the same issues we did, there was resistance there,” Money said. “When they met with that group the police department, which had offered the most resistance come forward and said I admit I didn’t think it was a good thing, but it’s one of the best things that ever happened to our county.

“The big picture is the response, provide help when it’s needed and do it in a way that all law enforcement personnel are together same frequency, same objective, and that is to provide the service that our citizens deserve.”

Money said that they hope to have this system up within the next year.

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