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Fox Valley police agencies getting upgraded 911 dispatch system


TOWN OF MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - A joint 911 dispatch system used in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties is getting an extreme makeover.

The goal is to keep the public and the officers who respond safer.

It's a system upgrade that will give cops in the tri-county area more power at the touch of a button.

“It really is a lot of information that is at the officer’s finger tips,” Town of Menasha Police Officer Jason Weber told FOX 11. “The more information that an officer can have, obviously the better decision that can be made.”

Authorities say they will have faster access to property and vehicle information. They'll also be able to see if someone has a history of prior 911 calls, and a new mapping feature will show where other officers are close by.

The project cost the three counties $1.6 million.

Agencies spent the past few weeks training on the new system and upgrading the computers.

Winnebago County will be the first to go live with the upgraded system on March 25th. Outagamie County and Calumet County will follow in consecutive weeks.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)