Governor signs updates to state’s 911 system

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn joined Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Senate Energy and Technology Chairman Mike Nofs on Tuesday as Snyder signed legislation that would make updates to the state’s 911 system.

“In some areas of the state, Michigan lags far behind available 911 technology,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “We’ve seen incredible advancements in what devices are capable of doing and with this new law, Next Generation 911 will be deployed statewide. This bill is a reasonable and responsible approach that will benefit law enforcement and any resident in need of assistance.”

Senate Bill 400 provides a range of upgrades to the tools dispatchers currently use. Upgrades include the ability to send pictures and videos to 911 dispatchers as well as utilizing more accurate GPS location tools, giving dispatchers and officers a better idea of a distressed caller’s location.

“First responders risk their lives protecting each of us. Every bit of information we can provide to them before they arrive is critically important,” Horn said. “Allowing those in an emergency situation to text or send pictures or videos to dispatchers will also provide additional options for those who are unable to make a phone call.”

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Photo caption: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, as SB 400 is signed into law.