Sep 19, 2011 9:20 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish 911 Communications District is preparing to spend millions to upgrade its system to the "next generation of 911."
Ouachita Parish 911 coordinator Craig Lott tells The News-Star the communication district has saved money through surcharges on wireless phone users to help pay for the upgrades. He expects the cost for the upgrades will be around $3 million.
He said the new technology is similar to the computer-aided dispatch system the communication district currently uses. However, it would offer capabilities few ever thought possible.
For example, if a resident takes a picture of a suspect committing a crime with their cell phone, they could forward that picture to 911 during their emergency call. That picture then could be forwarded to police officers responding to the crime.
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