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Fla. city to address 911 deficiencies over a year after Parkland shooting

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Aug 16 2019 10:39 PM

PARKLAND, Fla. — The 911 and police radio deficiencies exposed by the Parkland school shooting are finally being addressed, after years of squabbling among government agencies, officials said Wednesday.

In testimony to the commission investigating the shooting, Broward law enforcement and county officials painted a far more optimistic picture than that of two months ago when police and fire chiefs said they didn’t trust the county government to fix the system.

“I see progress and movement in several areas in Broward County communications that really needed attention,” said Sunrise Police Chief Tony Rosa, representing the Broward County Police Chiefs Association, crediting the involvement of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.

Emergency communications problems contributed to the chaotic response to the Feb. 14 shooting. Frantic callers to 911 were put on hold and transferred. The emergency radio system froze from excessive traffic, forcing police officers to communicate with hand signals.



Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission, said he was now far more optimistic than before when he had expressed frustration at the failure of local officials to address problems that posed a direct threat to public safety.

“It sounds like since our last meeting you all came together and made significant progress,” he said. “The way it went the last time was the system is broken. That was the consensus across the board, and it wasn’t fixable and nobody was talking. It sounds like everybody is now talking and moving in a positive direction.”

NOTE:  Everyone in multiple municipalities, counties, and state. I have thrown the flags up, sounded the alarms, and all that has occurred is the messenger cussed and message never heard. Read this article over and over and over and over, then think!

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