In 1994, a new and exciting change took place at the Natchez Police Department. A new building was acquired and remodeled allowing the communications center to grow and consolidate the E911 for all county agencies.
The Communications Section of the Natchez Police Department receives all of the incoming emergency calls (911) to the Police Department, as well as any other calls requiring the dispatch of Uniform Patrol units. These calls are then transferred to the sheriff's office if the call is in the county and to the appropriate ambulance service. Obviously this is a very important function, for without the Communications Section monitoring and coordinating the radio traffic, the police department would not be able to handle the public's needs for assistance in such a timely and organized fashion.
Whenever a call for assistance is received in the Communications Section, as much information as possible is gathered from the person reporting the incident. This information is transferred into the computer system, which is then accessible by the dispatcher, who notifies the proper police officer or agency that they need to proceed to a certain location. In addition to dispatching the calls, the personnel of the Communications Section also aid in the safety of those officers on the road by carefully assessing the danger of each call received and advising the officer of any problems detected in the initial call. The dispatchers also handle warrant searches and checking the status of driver licenses and license plate status. The dispatchers conduct a criminal background check through NCIC when requested by an officer or investigator.
If you didn't think that was enough the Central Dispatch Center also dispatches fire service.