BERRYVILLE — Clarke County’s 911 Communications Center has begun accepting text messages.

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the center, is “constantly updating our equipment” to include the latest communications technology, said Sheriff Tony Roper.

Customers of Verizon Wireless and AT&T with texting and data plans now can send texts to the center to report an emergency. However, the sheriff’s office asks that texts be sent only when the person contacting the communications center has hearing or speech disabilities, is having a medical emergency and cannot speak or is in a situation in which it would not be safe to talk on a call… READ MORE

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