Jackson County is now online in new statewide 911 system

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HOLTON (WIBW) -- Tuesday marked a milestone for Jackson County law enforcement and dispatch.

On March 12th, Jackson County became the 91st Public Safety Answering Point to join the statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 system. Kansas has a total of 117 PSAPs now.

AT&T installed the new system over the past few weeks and has provided the training for sheriff’s office dispatchers. A new feature with this new system is Simple Message Service Text-to-911. Sheriff Tim Morse says dispatchers can not only receive 911 phone calls, but now can receive emergency text messages. Dispatchers will be able to text back through the new system to the caller.