Texting 911

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Washington County officials want the "next generation" of 911.

We're talking about people texting 911 during an emergency, or "NG911" as they're calling it.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says the county's 911 center is capable of receiving emergency text messages, but money is holding them back.

The sheriff says one estimate would cost about half a million dollars to add text services.

County commissioners would be in charge of raising that money.

The sheriff says he supports the idea.

"There are so many people that are using texting right now. They're very quick. They can text a message quicker than they can make a phone call," says Sheriff Mincks. "Technology, it's really increasing. It gives our officers a better idea of what they're getting into."

Local governments in 16 states accept text messages to report emergencies.

That includes counties near Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Sheriff Mincks thinks the service will come to Washington County in the next 5 years.

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