Sheriff dispatcher calls triple in past decade

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson reported to county commissioners court at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting that the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center’s calls have nearly tripled in the past 10 years. The court also learned the county would get upgraded 911 equipment totally free through a grant from the Heart of Texas Council of Governments.

Wilson said he had his dispatch center check the statistics for the past 10 years and report on the total number by year.

“In 2003, we took in 12,840 calls for the year, that’s 1,070 calls a month, for an average of 35.2 calls a day,” Wilson said. “In 2013, we took in 37,247 calls for service, for an average of 3,103 calls a month, for an average of 103.4 calls for service a day.

“I thought that was a pretty significant increase,” he said. “The statistics for crime may be down, but the calls for service continue to rise because people make demands on us every day in some form or fashion, wanting service from the Sheriff’s Office.”

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