New Paragould 911 Center to Open This Summer
Phones and computers are now installed in the new Paragould Emergency Services Center on South Point Drive, about five miles away from the Paragould Police Department. The new facility contains its own water and air supply system.
Paragould Police Captain Brent McCain says the building itself should be able to withstand an f-5 tornado.
"We were already outgrowing the present location, so we decided to go ahead and build a new facility, and merge facilities together to give a better, and more efficient response for the citizens of Paragould and Greene County."
The upgrade cost the department upwards of a million dollars. The center has G-A-S mapping features capable of withstanding call volumes for all Greene County residents. It is expected to be fully staffed, with around 12 employees by mid-Summer.
"Hopefully [residents] will feel more secure in the response, if they do have medical emergency, situation or fire, that the process of getting those other agencies dispatched quicker, will help them feel safer," adds McCain.
With a new 911 dispatch center and more staff, the department will devote more manpower into cutting down on car break-ins and other street crimes.