DPS plans to consolidate some communication offices

POSTED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 8:18am
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO -- New technology coming to some Texas cities means the department of public safety will be making some changes. Making communication easier, while saving more than $1 million a year for the department.

Texas DPS will be turning 32 radio communication offices into 22, and it's all because of computers.

A move Corporal Charlie Morgan with Waco DPS says will help communication.
"We don't have to have as many communication facilities spread out over an area. We can concentrate them a little bit better and make a more effective use of personnel than we have been able to in the past," said Corporal Morgan.

In Central Texas, Lampasas has one of the communication offices that will be cut next month.

There won't be a person sitting at the desk, communicating with troopers in Lampasas. Instead, they'll be getting in-car alerts from computers. Troopers and dispatchers can send messages through the computers to any city in Texas. 

DPS says radio communication isn't being used enough to keep the system going in Lampasas.

The only thing changing is where the dispatchers are located and their way of communicating.

"It's not going to effect the day to day operations of DPS and our ability to communicate with troopers out in the field and be able to send them where they're needed and get the help that the public needs," said Corporal Morgan.

Other Texas cities consolidating communications offices are Sherman, Texas City, Beaumont, Ozona, San Angelo, Childress and Harlingen.

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