Mapping system locates 911 callers

Sunday, February 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:07 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Public Safety Communications Center in Columbia/Boone County can now pinpoint the specific location of 911 callers thanks to a new software system.

The Geographical Information Systems mapping system was officially unveiled and activated on Feb. 6. The software was added to the current phone system and will allow 911 calls, including calls that come from cellular phones, to be located geographically. The location of 911 callers was not always available.

The project began a year ago and was approved using 911 surcharge money administered by the county and a supportive grant from the city of Columbia.

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