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IPFW joins city-county 911 call center

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

IPFW has agreed to join with the Fort Wayne and Allen County Consolidated Communications Partnership, the university announced Wednesday. University officials said this would provide a one-stop service for students, faculty, and staff of the university as well as surrounding residents, in that all public safety needs will be met by one centralized regional facility.

In January 2011, the former Allen County and City of Fort Wayne communications centers became one 911 call center, handing dispatch duties for city and county emergency services.

"Building on the foundation of the long-term cooperative agreement that IPFW has with the City of Fort Wayne we felt that using the CCP as our dispatch service for the IPFW Police Department will strengthen the good working relationship that we already have with the Fort Wayne Police Department," said Walt Branson, vice chancellor for financial affairs. "We look forward to a long-standing partnership between the two organizations with continual efforts being focused towards building bridges with the public safety agencies that surround the campus."

Some changes in campus calling

The university has deactived its 481-6911 number. Now those on campus will call 911 for any

emergencies. There is no need to dial "9" before dialing 911 from

campus. The only emergency number for the university, 911, will go

directly to the Fort Wayne and Allen County Consolidated Communications

Partnership which will then dispatch IPFW police, Fort Wayne fire,

and EMS as needed, university officials explained. The university says response time to emergency calls should be the same or quicker, because 911 calls will not

have to be transferred to campus for dispatching of university officers.

Non-emergency calls to the IPFW Police Department should continue to be

placed by calling the department central phone number 481-6827.