New bill could help police respond faster to emergencies

New bill could help police respond faster to emergencies

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Law enforcement agencies may soon be able to respond to emergencies faster, thanks to a new bill.

Arkansas lawmakers passed a bill that requires cell phone carriers to provide the location of a cell phone to law enforcement agencies.

Lawrence County 911 Director Peggy Myles said they currently use phase two technology and have had that for the past two years.

She said this method can detect calls from land lines and cell phones.

When a call comes in, Myles said sometimes they are able to see exactly where the call is coming from, while other times they're given a small radius of where the call is coming in from.

"911 saves seconds and seconds save lives," Myles said. "The more accurate information that we can get, the quicker response we can get the medical personal out there to them."

This bill would not require companies to release other information, such as text messages or other phone calls made, to law enforcement.

The bill is now headed to the Senate.

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