Local EMS head named KY 911 Director of the year

Local EMS head named KY 911 Director of the year

Hardin County E-911 Director Mike Leo has been named the Kentucky 911 Director of the Year.

Leo was presented the award in Louisville during this year’s KEMA/KENA-APCO Banquet.

Leo was nominated for the award by Hardin County 911 employee Anthony Coffey. In his submission, which was reported by the Meade County Messenger, Coffey said, “As a director he (Leo) has gone above to ensure that we not only operate at the highest level, but that we, the people underneath him, are taken care of in every way possible. …”

Having worked in the public safety field for 26 years, Leo said he was honored by the award, but at the same time, he doesn’t do what he does for recognition…

Astoria dispatch temporarily moving to Seaside (OR)

Sep. 27—Short on staff for nearly two years, Astoria’s emergency dispatch center will temporarily move operations to Seaside in October.

The dispatch center has been running with only a handful of dispatchers since early 2020, a situation that has required staff to shoulder a significant amount of overtime each month and that Astoria Police Chief Geoff Spalding said is undesirable and unsustainable. Meanwhile, the Seaside Dispatch Center has been fully staffed for a while for the first time in more than a decade.

Over the past year, Seaside dispatchers have traveled north to help out in Astoria, but the new agreement between the two cities will place Astoria’s four dispatchers in the Seaside office until four new hires can be fully trained. The arrangement could last as long as six months…

Texarkana and Bowie County law enforcement investing in communications system that will finally let them ‘talk to each other’ (AR)

TEXARKANA — The purchase of a new dispatch, records and jail management computer systems for the Bi-State Justice Building should streamline information for law enforcement.

Both Texarkanas and Bowie County are buying the system jointly. The goal is to integrate functions among police and the Sheriff’s Office in the Bi-state Justice Building.

The Texas-side agencies have used one system, Texarkana Arkansas Police Department uses another, and all systems in use are nearing or beyond their expected functional lifespans, said Doug Avery with the TAPD’s Central Records and Communications Department…

Austin police weigh dispatching civilians, not officers to some non-emergency calls (TX)

Austin Police Department officials are finalizing plans to dispatch civilians instead of police officers to certain types of calls that do not involve emergencies as a way to maximize patrol staffing and respond to reformers’ demands for change.

Interim Police Chief Joe Chacon hinted at his plan Wednesday during an announcement that he would step into the job permanently, pending City Council confirmation Thursday.

On Friday, the department released more information about the plan, which is likely to be announced this week.

“The Austin Police Department regularly reviews response policies and procedures to ensure APD prioritizes calls with an immediate threat to life or property over non-emergency calls for service,” the department said in a statement. “As a result of a recent review … recent staffing challenges and aligning with the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force patrol response recommendations, APD will change call routing and response for non-emergency calls for service effective Oct. 1…

Albany union points towards low staffing at emergency dispatch center (NY)

Albany union points towards low staffing at emergency dispatch center (NY)

The Albany Firefighters’ Union is once again raising the alarm over staffing levels at the city’s dispatch center.

According to the union, just four dispatchers were working Saturday night.

Those four had to handle 911 calls, not just for fire, but for police and EMS as well.

In addition to taking emergency calls, dispatchers also handle non-emergency calls and send out emergency notifications, like the ones you get during a major storm…