- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GONZALES, La. (AP) - With a $250,000 state grant, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office will update its emergency dispatch equipment, linking it to all of the state’s emergency radio systems, in a 911 call center to be built next year.

Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1JgqVey) the parish’s proximity to the Gulf Coast was a major reason it received this grant.

The parish’s 911 dispatch center, in the parish courthouse annex in Gonzales, has seven computerized consoles where dispatchers work. Sheriff Jeff Wiley says the new center will have 10 consoles.

The new 911 center will be built on 2.2 acres on Airline Highway in Gonzales. The sheriff’s office purchased the site from the Ascension Parish government for $700,500 in February 2014.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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