Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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Transfer of Spencer County 911 to the Kentucky State Police, a year later
Date of News Release: 08/15/2011
(Frankfort, KY.) -- It has been a year since the transfer of Spencer County 911 to the Kentucky State Police Post in Frankfort. Here is a short breakdown of the year's numbers:
Taylorsville Police Department conducted 1,279 traffic stops and responded to 2,618 calls for service.
Spencer County Sheriff's Department conducted 409 traffic stops and responded to 2,780 calls for service.
Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Department responded to 131 fires as well as responding to 62 fire alarms. Additionally they assisted other agencies with 239 calls. Total calls was 432 from 7-1-2010 – 6-30-2011
Spencer County Emergency Medical Services responded to 1,015 EMS calls plus an additional 291 scheduled EMS runs.
The Kentucky State Police maintains a CAD System (computer aided dispatch system) in which we entered a total of 4,575 calls for services in Spencer County. This is an increase of 31% from the previous year's total.
Cost savings to the citizenry of Spencer County amounted to $93,536.83 due to the transfer of services.
In 2009-2010 Cost to operate 911 services by the County was $182,250.00 (which included water company calls)
In 2010-2011the cost was reduced to 79,113.17 (KSP and ATT services), plus $9,600.00 water call contract with another provider.
In addition to the obvious monetary savings, another tremendous asset was gained by the County when the transfer was approved. Of the 1,015 EMS calls dispatched, each caller was given pre arrival medical instructions by an Emergency Medical Dispatch trained and certified KSP Tele-communicator, who is able to give instructions for the care of the patient until EMS arrives on the scene. Prior to this transfer of services, this was not an option for our citizens.
Other assets gained include:
- Immediate response for law enforcement officers when inquiring about license, registration, and wanted checks. Under the old system an officer called in the information, a local dispatcher called KSP to run the data, wrote it down and then gave it to the officer. This could take up to five minutes or longer and identified a serious officer safety situation. Now officers receive a response within 5-8 seconds of asking for the information, thereby equipping them with the knowledge of whom and what they are dealing with in order to properly assess the situation and deliver the appropriate response.
- Access to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system which includes real time messaging, notification, and information sharing of all on-going calls in the county. This also serves as a central record keeping location for all previous complaints, calls for service, arrest blotter, and criminal activity, taking place in the county.
- Upgrades and additional equipment at no cost to the County.
- Currently the County reimburses KSP for the cost of two Tele-communicators; however they have access to all twelve assigned to the Post.
Normal on duty numbers are 4 per day and evening, 2 on midnight shift. Higher call days demand additional personnel on duty.
Each Tele-communicator is required to be certified through the Department of Criminal Justice Training Center located in Richmond KY. Additionally they undergo annual in-service training and are required to maintain certification in the field of Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD).
We have embraced the Spencer County agencies and citizens throughout this transfer of services. We extend to them our professionalism, dedication, and service which has been the trademark of the Kentucky State Police for over sixty years.