Coffee County Emergency Management Agency in coordination with Elba Police Department and Coffee County Sherriff’s office is testing new dispatch procedures for the towns of New Brockton and Kinston. Coffee County EMA, Director James Brown said, “We have unprecedented cooperation between all our first responders in Coffee County and all participants were immediately onboard for this new officer safety initiative.”
“Police from New Brockton and Kinston will now be dispatched through Elba Police Department dispatch center. We are asking citizens in these towns to understand that if they call their Police Departments it will be picked up by an Elba dispatcher for sending a responding officer.”
Before this initiative these police departments were “self-dispatched,” Brown said, “The problem was they had nobody to monitor them, if they got into trouble and weren’t able to radio their location then other responders wouldn’t know where they were in order to provide assistance.”
With having Elba dispatch receive and monitor all calls to these police departments these officers now have someone monitoring their response calls. Elba dispatch is able to complete security checks, track officer location, and ensure their safety.
With superior assistance from the Elba Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s office these police officers are also now provided with dispatching on a common radio frequency that is monitored by Elba PD and Sherriff Deputies providing even further officer safety and backup.
This was a collaborative effort between Elba Police Department, Coffee County Sherriff’s office, New Brockton PD, Kinston PD, Enterprise PD, and the Coffee County EMA.
Because dispatch is now centralized in Elba citizens are asked to ensure they only call the New Brockton and Kinston Police Departments with legitimate police concerns.
As always, for Emergencies dial 911.
For routine police concerns and response the New Brockton Police Department dispatch number is: (334)894-5559
For other concerns in New Brockton please call either the Water Department at (334) 894-5550 or City Hall at (334) 894-5283.
Dispatch for Kinston Police Department can be reached at (334) 565-3114
For other concerns please call town hall at (334) 565-3188.