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911 texting could be coming to Crawford County, KS

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A text message to reach 911 in Crawford County, Kansas could soon become a reality.

Four major U.S. wireless companies are providing the service to local governments who want to opt in.

Crawford County's dispatch center will see a makeover in the coming days. New 911 next generation technology has been purchased and will be installed.

"Some of the problems we have currently with our system is that were not able to get a location of that cell phone call," said Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak.

The new system and furnishings will cost $125,000. Sheriff Peak says, the new technology would allow people to text 911.

"You know it's another tool that I think will help us in the long run getting there is the big issue right now," said Peak.

But getting there would require additional upgrades to their systems, which could cost $25,000.

According to the federal communications commission 16 states are already using text to 911.

With roughly 90-calls coming in each day in Crawford County, the additional services could eventually help even more people.

"In the future we hope those text will be able to come through and our dispatchers will act on that," said Peak.

Funds for the dispatch center come from a 911 tax charged by phone companies.

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