TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Vigo County is making major upgrades for public safety. Tuesday night, the county council approved several high dollar appropriations to bring Vigo County’s jail and dispatch centers into the 21st century.
The Vigo County Council approved more than half a million dollars in funds for public safety. Officials told news 10 the upgrades improve safety for you and law enforcement officials.
“The thing is officer safety,” Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing said. “I mean you’d always like to know a little more about what you’re walking up on; especially if it’s late at night.”
The question of officer safety is what brought Vigo County Sheriff Ewing before the county council. His request was for more than $150,000 to upgrade the Vigo County sheriffs’ and jail records’ management system.
“What the system will do is (deputies) can go out and look at whom the driver is that is affiliated with that vehicle because most of the time that’s case,” Ewing said. ”Then it goes out and checks the driver against the warrant files nationwide.”
The council also moved on to improving the safety of the general public. 911 dispatch director Rob McMullen requested $400,000 for their upgrade. The new 911 system will allow dispatch to interact with what is called “Next-Gen 911.”
“What that will allow people to do is with smart phones they’ll be able to send video send pictures of a crash to the dispatch center,” Ewing said. “Or even send text messages to the dispatch center for an emergency.”
Ewing added the video and pictures sent to dispatch can be stored. It’ll give Vigo County dispatch a better assessment of the help needed at car accidents or other emergencies.