Hinds County moves forward on E911 system with state

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Hinds County E911 officials have taken the final step to join the state’s wireless information system.

County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun says ongoing failures with the county’s system are putting first responders’ lives at risk.

The Mississippi Wireless Information System, with its 22,000 current users, would allow interoperability not only within agencies in Hinds County but throughout the state.

Tony Greer, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1P5DJMx) the county has been waiting on the city of Jackson to decide if it would opt in. With Jackson, the system would cost the county $8 million; without Jackson, the figure would drop to $5 million.

Greer says the county negotiated a deal with the state that gives Jackson until the end of the year to opt in.

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