Consolidated city-county dispatch service begins Monday

Published 12:07 am Sunday, April 16, 2017


NATCHEZ — Calling 911 in Natchez and Adams County should become a little more streamlined on Monday — regardless of where in the county the caller lives.

Dispatching between the Natchez Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office will be consolidated beginning Monday.

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The Adams County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers moved to the new office beneath the Adams County Jail at State and Wall streets this past week, Adams County Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford said. Bradford said Natchez Police Department dispatchers would move to the center Monday.

Originally scheduled to open on Friday, Bradford said the move was postponed to Monday due to technical difficulties.

“The 911 system itself is not the issue,” Bradford said. “The radios may have to be calibrated a little bit.”

Bradford said he was not anticipating further problems, but should they arise, he anticipated dispatch would still be good to move to the new office sometime next week.

“Everything is going to be squared away on Monday, but we are just giving ourselves another day just in case something happens,” Bradford said. “If that arises, we have a plan, but we are not worried about that.”

The non-emergency number for the Adams E911 Dispatch Center is 601-442-3930.

Bradford said Natchez police and the sheriff’s office plan to maintain their administration numbers, but to not use them as a substitute for dialing 911.

Natchez police can be reached at 601-445-5565 and the number for the sheriff’s office is 601-442-2752/2753.

“We are asking residents to be patient as the transition into the consolidated dispatch center will be new to all,” Bradford said.

While officials have not estimated that consolidated dispatch would save much money, an argument has been that it would create efficiencies that would save time when lives are on the line.