BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -- Starting early Friday morning, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office will have a new way to respond to your 911 calls. Authorities say it will make communication between sheriff's deputies and neighboring police officers easier and faster.
The plan is to break the county down into three regions based on the geography of the county. Law enforcement within those regions would all be on the same radio traffic channels.
The regional law groups would be broken down as follows:
Lieutenant Todd Coring with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office explained to us that in the past, when police officers or deputies needed assistance, they had to request it through a separate channel, costing precious time during emergency situations.
With the new changes, all law enforcement officers within their respective regions will be on the channel for faster communication. Lt. Coring said the sheriff's office relies on local police departments just as they rely on the sheriff's deputies in their region.
Authorities believe this will not only balance the work load of dispatchers, but they hope to also improve customer service and officer safety.
"When we have an emergency, seconds are very important," said Coring. "So if a deputy working an area can call for assistance and have that call heard immediately, versus the way we've done it in the past where it has to be radioed in and then sent out, we think it will help out and we're excited about that."
The new system goes live starting Friday morning at 7.
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