Amid surge in 911 calls, county given funds to hire 3 dispatchers

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is looking to add three 911 dispatchers in 2015 to handle an increase in the number of emergency calls it receives.

That increase is the result of the 2010 closing of the Indiana State Police post in Seymour and the added capabilities of receiving cellular 911 calls and text messages, said Sheriff Mike Carothers.

Emergency 911 texting went live Aug. 1.

Heather Davis, local 911 director, said although the number of calls has gone up more than eight times what it was 10 years ago, the county has not hired additional employees to meet the need.

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