DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM: SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT: MAJOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
– In an effort to provide enhanced officer safety and to more efficiently
communicate with the public, Sheriff Leland Falcon has completed a major revamping
of the parish dispatch center and associated equipment.
communications section handles all activities relative to the 911 system, the
five parish fire departments, Acadian Ambulance and serves as the main artery
between the dispatch center and law-enforcement. The center also serves as the repository of
information that is phoned in by the public and eventually gets recycled out to
the Sheriff’s patrol units in the field as calls for service.
to the upgrade, the center’s equipment dated back upwards of 15 years. Because of the high costs of equipment servicing
the center, there are always financial considerations to take into account.
that said, Sheriff Falcon was the beneficiary of a goodwill gesture from Livingston
Parish Sheriff Jason Ard. Sheriff Ard
donated state of the art consoles to the Sheriff’s Office along with other
consoles were in excellent condition. Antennas,
all wiring and tower grounding systems were upgraded. The replaced equipment was 17 years old.
new system allows our dispatchers to see which officers radio is transmitting
even if an officer says nothing on the air.
the first time ever, we have enabled a safety feature on our radios. There is now an officer down button that
transmits an alert to our dispatch center.
feature on the new system is radio transmission playback which will allow an
increase in the fire rating for parish fire departments.
communication upgrade has modernized the dispatch center to a standard never
seen before. The upgrades also allow for additional communications personnel in
the event of an emergency.
costs for the upgrades were a fraction of the costs if the equipment was
the old system was functional, it was long outdated. The safety of all personnel and the general
public is paramount. It also allows the
dispatchers to have the best resources available to them at all times.
Falcon thanks all of our fire departments, the Assumption Parish Police Jury
and Sheriff Jason Ard for making this a collaborative effort that will not only
benefit our public servants but the general public as well.
For additional information concerning this News
Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny
Cavalier at 985-369-7281.