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Mosby, Clarke calling for police-run 911 system

Posted: 5:31 PM, Sep 21, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-21 21:31:54Z

Two members of the Baltimore City Council want 911 operations back in the hands of the Baltimore Police Department.

Councilman Nick Mosby and councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke are expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting of the Baltimore City Council that would put the police department back in charge of 911 operators and dispatchers.

The mayor's office of information technology, or MOIT, is currently responsible for the city's 911 system.

According to a release from Mosby, "many citizens have reported receiving a busy signal when calling 911, or having the call dropped if they do get through the line, which delays police dispatches to emergencies."

Mosby is also expected to introduce a council resolution calling for MOIT to go before the council and explain any connection issues.

"Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and I believe transitioning 911 operators and dispatchers back under the umbrella of the Baltimore City Police Department is imperative to ensure that citizens of Baltimore City are able to receive immediate service and response during critical times of need," Mosby said in the release. "Doing so will help to rebuild community trust in the 911 system."

Tonight's council meeting is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. in city hall council chambers, located at 100 N. Holiday Street.