ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety have entered into an agreement to make improvements to the future 911 communications center.
According to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, they have received a grant that will allow them to purchase new software and equipment for the new 911 center. The new center will break ground in the first quarter of 2016 on 2.2 acres of the former All-Star Ford site on Airline Highway in Gonzales.
Wiley says the grant funds were made possible by State Representative Johnny Berthelot and Fire Marshal Butch Browning.
Wiley also says the improvements are important to keep up with the growth of Ascension Parish.
"Ascension Parish is growing and it is vital that we keep up with new technology that will improve the way our communications center works," said Sheriff Wiley.
The current dispatch center is limited to seven consoles. The new 911 center will have ten computers with a larger workspace and room for future growth.
Once the new dispatch center is opened, the current one will serve as a backup for any catastrophic events.