Winder Police Chief Dennis Dorsey said he approves of merging the department’s dispatch center with Barrow County’s E-911 Center if it benefits the citizens of Winder. If negotiations are successful, it could happen as early as June of this year.
The Winder Police Department is the only municipality in the county that operates an independent 911 center and funds it directly. Under the current system, if a person in Winder calls 911, it goes to the county’s E-911 Center and is transferred to the Winder Police Department's 911 Center.
While still in early negotiations, talk of the merger sparked a debate at a town hall meeting last week, when a city council member told a resident regarding the county’s 911-center, “we’re already paying for it, why don’t we use it?”
For the full story, see the April 27 issue of the Barrow Journal.