Craighead County officials push for statewide 911 reform

Craighead County officials push for statewide 911 reform
Craighead County officials are helping lead the way for 911 reform across the state. (Source: KAIT-TV)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County officials are hoping to help lead the way for a 911 center overhaul.

We’ve reported several counties in Region 8 switching to centralized dispatch centers and new technology.

But now, they’re looking to legislators to make it uniform across the state and help with funding.

The Arkansas Public Safety Act proposes several changes, among those is repealing three fees and establishing one.

That would be the most notable change for Craighead County.

"We've been fortunate that we've been able to scrape by and do some of these technology upgrades," Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said. "But the reality is, there is a lot more we could do that's out there and this provides that consistent funding mechanism so that we can have the best system that is possible."

Day said, more than that, the overall goal is for everyone in Arkansas to know that no matter where you are, when you dial 911, emergency responders will be able to find you.

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