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Across country, 911 system facing emergency

For three years, the 911 dispatch room at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has been at least seven people short. It has spent an average of $276,000 a year in overtime, much of it to cover those shifts, auditor Paul Rivera said. ”It’s a constant battle to stay afloat,” he said. ”As soon as I hire three people, four people leave.” Across the country, the number of 911 calls has risen steadily, while the number of people taking them stayed the same. Full Story

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